Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: Genius
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH (cont'd)
Moving on to the mouse, it's also pretty basic. In terms of buttons, there is left and right click along with a clickable scroll wheel - nothing more.
On the bottom of the mouse, you can see the red optical sensor as well as the compartment for two AAA batteries. There's also an on/off switch and two pads to help it glide smoothly over a desk or mouse pad.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
There is no software to install; simply plug the receiver into a free USB port and the OS will install the necessary driver automatically. After a few seconds I had full connectivity with both the keyboard and mouse.
The keyboard feels relatively solid given its compact size, and the keys provide a fair amount of tactile feedback. The key caps have a very slight concave shape to them and a "soft", quiet click, similar to that of a laptop keyboard. After using the keyboard every day for a week, I'm left satisfied. It works just fine for typing up documents and other basic computing tasks. The keys are close together, but not so much that my hands felt cramped. For long stretches of typing it's a bit lacking in the ergonomics department (no wrist rest), but given the price I can let that slide. I used it with with an HTPC in my living room and the wireless signal never dropped once. I tested from 15 and then 20 feet away from the receiver with a clear line of sight.
I was equally satisfied with the performance of the mouse. The wireless signal never dropped off during testing and tracking was consistently quick and precise. It's smaller than the average desktop mouse, so users with large hands might find it uncomfortable to use for long periods of time. For short stretches of time doing everyday tasks like web surfing and photo editing however, it works great. It also makes a good HTPC mouse due to the small size and three-button configuration.