Koribo Wireless Keyboard Roundup ReviewnVidia_Freak - March 21, 2011
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Packaging in the Vivar box is a little nicer than that of the Leira. The Vivar is supported by a plastic molding that also provides some side cushioning. Just as is stated on the box, two white, or rather in this case green, label 1.2V AA Ni-MH rechargeable batteries are included, along with a USB cable that can be used to connect the Vivar to a computer to recharge the included batteries. The Vivar's USB receiver is smaller than the Leira's and features an LED.
While the Vivar looks a bit curious, it's also a curious feeling keyboard, because it's coated with a very thin layer of rubber. Although things with the coating do look and feel nice, the rubber coating attracts fingerprints second only to polished plastic. Perhaps this is for the more artsy folk who own MC/HTPCs. Like the Leira, the Vivar uses low-profile keys with scissor switches, that are closer together than full-size keys, though, these keys are much flatter. Again, this might cause some typing irritation if you're not used to the limited spacing. Unlike the Leira, however, the Vivar does not use laser etched lettering, but instead uses the more common and inexpensive method of pad printing. Essentially, the lettering is stickers. This form of key lettering can wear out from excessive use, though with MC/HTPCs this shouldn't be a particular problem. It's more of an aesthetic concern, because pad printed keys don't look quite so nice as other forms of lettering in bright lighting or when viewed at an angle. Out back is pretty much the same as with the Leira, except this time, the battery compartment also provides a space that houses the USB wireless receiver. A clever use of that space, which, if you remember to put the receiver in there, should prevent the receiver's loss.
On the left side of the Vivar are the left and right mouse buttons as well as half of the hotkeys. Again, it's rather obvious what each button does, though, I am curious about the third button from the left with the photo of a computer on it. And there's more in front! On the left front corner of the Vivar there is a scroll wheel that is easy to reach when using the mouse buttons.
Right in the middle of the keyboard is an LED that I would suppose glows or blinks when the battery to be charged and is charging. On the middle front are several things. These are, from left to right, a button to synchronize the keyboard and receiver, a USB plug that the included cable plugs into when charging the batteries, and a switch with the selections of 'Gaming' and 'Normal'. It's somewhat odd, to me, to see this particular switch, not only because those normally aren't present on keyboards, but in particular, because the Vivar is a multimedia keyboard. This I'll definitely have to check out.
Like the Leira, the Vivar also has a numpad built into some of the keys toward the right of the keyboard.
On the right side are the other half of the hotkeys and the trackball. The trackball is about twice the size of a standard mouse ball. On the right front corner there is a button. What this button does, I do do not know.