I first opened the box with the wireless keyboard/mouse touchpad in it and looked at it with a bit of skepticism. In the box I found the keyboard/mouse touchpad, USB cable and a USB wireless dongle. I noticed it was a bit wider and taller than my Nokia 71x, and thinner.
I pondered the idea that I might want to see if it worked, how well it played with Bluetooth, and a wireless network. I wondered how long a rechargeable battery would last in such a thin device. I also wanted to know could it be used in my car, possibly one handed. (For this review I used a laptop. My car pc install was delayed by a dead monitor.)
Using the keyboard/mouse touchpad
The first place I used the keyboard/touch pad was at my test bench. I put it into the front USB on my M350 case(D945GCLF2 mobo) and in about 1 sec I was off and running. The mouse can be used one handed and keyboard was alright one handed in a stationary environment. I got about 30 feet way and it was very responsive. The whole time I was doing all this, there was a Bluetooth dongle in the USB slot next to it and my wireless router running near by. I found the buttons to be about the same size as my cell phones and I could thumb out whole sentences pretty quickly. I doubt anyone is going to writing code on this.
The backlighting left something to be desired, it may be because one row of keys is not lit. Speaking of keys,they are well spaced if you are used to texting. If your BIOS uses DEL to enter it your fine, with out function keys those of us that use F2 will have to get another keyboard. You can also use CTRL-ALT-DEL and bring up the task manager. (thanks to forum member SMDL for those questions)
I decided to take it for a drive. In the car I quickly found out one handed operation in motion was impossible unless you have very large hands. It performed as well in the car as it did in my house. An accidental durability test: I left it in the car and the keyboard withstood temps ranging from 10 degrees to 25 degrees over the course of 3 days (Austin, Texas hardly ever gets that cold). I played with the keyboard/mouse touchpad on and off the whole time before I finally brought it back into the house. During this 2 week period I haven't charged it at all. That little Li-Ion battery is great. On a side note my one-year-old son did a little durability testing also, banging and chewing included. The great thing is it still worked.
My thoughts about the keyboard/mouse touchpad are simple: it lacks function keys and the backlighting makes it look unfinished. I do find it to be very practical and tough. I also feel that for it's size, it's wireless functionality is superior. The size is the keyboard/mouse touchpad's best asset, aside from the great wireless performance (you can also get it cabled and in Bluetooth). In my opinion it's worth about $25.00, but mostly on aesthetics. It does perform as advertised.
Small Keyboard/Mouse: Combo easy to store in a car.
Excellent Range: Might be good for an HTPC.
Choice of two colors: Black and White
Not full keyboard functionality
No function keys.
Back Lighting makes it seem unfinished.
So the specs off of EFO's website and believe it or not the keyboard/mouse touchpad lives up to them.
Rechargeable Li-ion batteries: up to two weeks between charges.
Short recharge time: Around two hours can fully charge the battery.
2.4G DSSS: Enjoy long-range wireless control from up to 10 metre (33 feet) away.15 through a wall
•Indication light: Multiple indication lights for signal, data transmission and power.
•Touch Pad: no mouse is required for simple portable operation.
•Backlighting: Makes text entry effortless – even in low light.
•Compact: Perfect size for portable (85 X 135 X 10 mm).
•QWERTY keyboard: Standard Keyboard layout for convenience input.
•Light weight: Only with 60 g.
•Plug and play: no need to install software.
My new install
D945GCLF2, M350 case,Xenarc 700 tsv,m-4 ATX
Visteon HD radio w/mitches cable, BU-353
2 Punch 150 amps, 1 Kicker ZX 400.1 watt
4 Boston Acoustic Speakers,2 Pioneer 10 subs