Rosewill Super Slim Wireless-Touchpad Keyboard ReviewCompxpert -
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When choosing any peripheral it's important to get one that suits your needs. Whether you're gaming or just using it as an HTPC, a peripheral such as a keyboard or mouse can make or break that experience. There are many options to consider when buying any keyboard or mouse. Do you buy them in a set, or separately? Do you really need a mouse, or will a touch-pad suffice? Suffice to say, you are definitely looking for something capable of performing the task at hand and Rosewill manufactures such a product. Today we have the super-slim wireless touch-pad keyboard. This keyboard is an 88-key keyboard, which includes your typical keyboard keys as well as a few media specific keys. Of course it's also wireless and even features a touch-pad. It even boasts that it is ready for Vista's Media Center and claims to sport a 20 meter wireless range. Just from the sound of these features one could say this keyboard would be great for an HTPC, but how well does it hold up to its claims? Let's find out.
Looking at the front of the box we have our keyboard/touch-pad centered and at an angle, with the heading in bold white at the top and some specifics about the keyboard off to the lower-left corner. Some features in particular that it shows are the auto-sleep mode, the 2.4Ghz wireless with range up to 20 meters, and the Microsoft Vista Media Center shortcut key. On the rear of the box some tasks the touch-pad can accomplish are described. The touch-pad itself is multi-touch sensitive and can pick up three touches at once. You can left-click with a tap, middle click with a two-finger tap, and right-click with a three-finger tap. It also demonstrates that a double-click can be done with a double-tap and you can scroll vertically by sliding two fingers vertically across the surface. Also shown on the back is a features diagram and below that are the package contents, as well as the system requirements, which shows that no driver is required.
Off to the right is a list of features as well as some technical specifications about the device. I notice in particular, that Rosewill mentions their idea of the intended use of this peripheral. It goes into detail saying that you can, "Build a Home Theater, connect your PC to your large TV screen. Control your PC from up to 20 meters away with this wireless laptop-style keyboard with incorperated mouse! Pefect for Media Center use!" Going off that alone, I would say they intend this keyboard to be used with an HTPC or even just a PC you happen to hook up to your TV. Moving on, the list of features goes into some more detail than the front, also showing that the keyboard is 14mm at its thickest point and that this keyboard provides the same functionality as a standard layout keyboard. Lastly, we have the box with the sleeve off, ready to be opened.
So what is inside this box? Seems pretty interesting so far - heck, it even boasts it can function in a 20 meter radius of the receiver. This definitely needs some testing. Read on.