Date: May 12th, 2009
Article by: Jackie Mueller (Hardware Reviewer)
Edited By: Nathan Glentworth (Owner / Head Editor)
Product was submitted by: I-ROCKS
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PRODUCT PICTORIAL AND WALKTHROUGH
The keys are activated by a scissor-switch mechanism underneath. This technology is commonly found in laptop keyboards. Scissor-switch keyboards are generally quieter, have a shorter key travel distance, and require less force to press. So basically, if you like the feel of a laptop keyboard, you will like this offering from I-Rocks.
Like the mouse, the keyboard also features a low battery indicator light. It is located on the right hand side above the numeric keypad.
On the back side, two retractable stands can be utilized to raise the keyboard up so it rests on the desk at a slight angle. This is pretty standard on all modern keyboards. Two AA batteries are required and are installed here at the back too.
PRODUCT INSTALLATION AND TESTING
No drivers are required for this keyboard/mouse combo to work, so all you have to do is plug the receiver in to an available USB port and the operating system will do the rest. Once Windows installs the necessary drivers, the receiver will light up to indicate it is operational.
The next step is to assign an ID to the keyboard and mouse. An ID setting will prevent interference from other wireless equipment in the area, and it only takes a few seconds to do. Basically you turn the mouse on via the switch on the bottom and press the left mouse button, then press the ESC key on the keyboard. If the ID setting is successful the LED on the receiver will go off, and then come back on again. Once this process is complete the keyboard and mouse are ready to use.
Like most of you who are reading this review, I use my computer to do a myriad of things. Internet surfing, word processing, gaming, and various multimedia tasks are what I do most often so the keyboard and mouse in my home office see a lot of use every day. I began by typing up an email using the newly installed keyboard and my first impressions were that it was quiet and had a solid, well constructed feel to it. One of the nicest feeling scissor-switch keyboards I've used, actually. The keys didn't require much force to register an input but they weren't overly sensitive either. Response time was lag-free and I was able to use it while 15-20 feet away from the receiver without any problems. And if you're worried about noise, don't. Audible response is minimal at best – definitely no “clicky” sounds here. In fact, it's quieter than many laptop keyboards I've used over the years.
Using the mouse brought equally positive results. There's nothing really special about it, but that's also part of its appeal. This is a product that anyone can plug in and begin using without having to fumble around with extra wires, buttons, or software. Ergonomically, the mouse is pretty solid. My hand rests comfortably on it and the side buttons are right where I need them to be. Like the keyboard, I was able to use the mouse while about 15-20 feet away from my computer with no noticeable lag. Now keep in mind I was using the keyboard and mouse in an open room with a clear line of sight. It is possible that walls and/or furniture could disrupt the wireless signal.
Playing simple point-and-click games with this combo worked out fine, but it probably isn't the best choice if you're going to be doing hardcore FPS gaming. The absence of software means you can't assign macros on the keyboard or program buttons on the mouse. There are also no extra buttons or keys on either device beyond the standard set. Gamers typically prefer wired input devices anyhow, because not only is a lag-free connection of the utmost importance, but it's also extremely frustrating to have to swap out dead batteries in the middle of a game.