Editors' Choice Wireless Keyboard
AZiO KB336RP Wireless Keyboard
Review by Gina Kibiloski
The AZiO KB336RP wireless keyboard (Retail $69.99) was a joy to review as it performed admirably as soon as the batteries and mini USB receiver were inserted, and the unit was turned on. The overall construction of this keyboard has a solid feel, and it provides solid performance. In our testing, the keyboard was dropped a few times yet never missed a beat. We particularly like the mute button at the top left of the keyboard, which toggles the sound on and off. This is a very useful feature when the phone rings and you need silence for a short time.
The AZiO KB336RP wireless keyboard features enhanced long range wireless RF technology and was accurately tested in an open space of up to 150 feet. So, you can rest assured that this keyboard will pick up your input from just about anywhere in the room. While this keyboard will work with Windows XP, it is optimized for use with Windows 7 and Windows Media Center Editions (MCE). The glossy piano-black trim and classy brushed aluminum finish ensures that this keyboard will nicely compliment any Home Theater Personal Computer (HTPC) or Multimedia setup. A built-in multi-touch track pad is conveniently located off to the right side of the keyboard for balanced, one-handed navigation. With true Plug and Play installation, you will be surfing the Web and viewing media from your couch in a matter of seconds.
This brilliant keyboard provides 13 embedded MCE keys: My TV, My Video, My Music, MCE, My Pictures, Record TV, DVD, Back Track, Next Track, Play/Pause, Stop, Vol+, Vol-, plus a volume slider. It also has 7 Internet hotkeys: Internet Home, E-mail, Back, Forward, Search, Refresh, and Mute. The key touch is positive yet almost silent. In multiple hours of testing this unit, we never once experienced a key failure or wondered if the key had registered. This speaks well for the patented scissor-key structure that was designed for positive response and super quiet operation.
Our testing revealed an extremely durable, responsive, and feature-rich keyboard that would be ideal for a wireless keyboard in an office environment, or for use with a media center or a home theater personal computer. Few products that we test at Computer Times work immediately out of the box in such a stunning manner. The AZiO KB336RP wireless keyboard has earned our highest recommendation and our Editors’ Choice award. All products should be this dependable.
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