Legit Mods and Ends Reviews
VidaBox Wireless HTPC Media Keyboard with Laser Trackball
|Date:||Sun, Nov 01, 2009 - 12:00 AM|
|Written By:||Legit Staff|
A Closer Look & Conclusions
VidaBox has released different keyboards in the past that all look
similar, but this is their "fourth generation" of this particular
style. Their first was a mechanical trackball, then they upgraded to
optical trackballs for two model generations, and now, they have
upgraded the keyboard to use laser trackballs exclusively. All of the
models look somewhat similar to each other, but some of the button
colors and the innards are quite different from what we have been told
by VidaBox. The laser trackball on this keyboard is rated for 2000 dpi
of resolution for precise, accurate control. We all know that laser
trackballs are much better than mechanical and optical trackballs, so
this is a nice touch.
The left and right mouse buttons are located up in the top left corner and are positioned just right when holding the keyboard with two hands for using the mouse. The key layout is derived from a notebook it would appear and they have a nice feel to them. Our review sample buttons were not flush with the keyboard housing as you can see from the image above, which was a little annoying. They almost should be raised up a little above the trim for better look and feel.
The VidaBox wireless keyboard comes with its own high frequency USB
receiver that is shown in the image above. The little white dot in the
middle is a “connect” button that acts as the sync button on the USB
- Install the three AA batteries into the keyboard.
- Plug the receiver into to a USB (1.1 or 2.0) port of your computer.
- Press the tiny (so tiny you need a pen or paperclip to press it) sync button on the USB receiver for 2 or more seconds
- Finally press the sync button on the keyboard and the computer should then recognize the keyboard input.
When we plugged in the device for the very first time on our Windows Vista Home Premium 32-bit HTPC we didn’t even have to synch the keyboard the very first time. We just plugged the USB dongle into the computer and after the drivers were self-installed the keyboard just worked! The USB receiver can be placed in the back of the system without having any dropped signals or dead zones since the RF signals are being used. We used the keyboard on our HTPC with the USB receiver in the back of the system while sitting on the couch which is a distance of 12 feet and had no issues whatsoever.
We also tried the keyboard out on our NVIDIA Ion powered mini-ITX HTPC that is running Windows 7 (shown above) and it worked flawlessly. Not too much more you can ask from a keyboard that costs just $67.77 plus shipping. The Vidabox wireless keyboard comes with everything we needed to get up and running in seconds, which was nice. Having a driverless setup is nice for a mainstream product like this. The build quality was also not bad, while this keyboard is certainly no Logitech DiNovo, it by no means feels cheap.
Our biggest gripe with the keyboard was the fact it didn't have the ability to scroll up or down pages. You can use the PageUp and PageDown buttons, but it would be much easier for Vidabox to release an updated version of this keyboard with a scroll wheel on the right side to scroll up and down on Web pages. The wireless connection was very consistent and worked flawlessly up to the 26 to 28 foot range from our testing. The 2000 dpi laser trackball worked great and we couldn't imagine using anything other than this. This is clearly a better product than the original VidaBox keyboards that came with mechanical trackballs!
Having used other wireless keyboards in the past, this is one of the better ones that we have used thus far. For under $70 the Vidabox Premium Wireless HTPC Media Center Keyboard with Laser Trackball was found to be a great value for those that want a keyboard that you can easily use from the comfort of your couch or theater seating. The keyboard is small enough to fit in drawer or storage compartment in your living room can be pulled out and used by family and friends. Why have a standard wireless keyboard and a separate mouse when you can have a single device like that can do everything!Legit Bottom Line: The VidaBox Premium Wireless HTPC Media Center Keyboard with Laser Trackball is a very slick product that keeps getting better with every revision!
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