What is it?
The name pretty much explains it all: the Adesso Wireless Mini Trackball Keyboard. The keyboard is under 12-inches in width with an optical trackball. A USB dongle allows the keyboard to communicate via RF. It costs $79.99.
What’s in the box?
- USB RF adapter
The compact design means that this could easily be your living room computer’s keyboard. Installation is a breeze. Attach the RF adapter to a USB port on your computer and then install the batteries into the keyboard. The inclusion of batteries is a nice thing so you don’t have to search for them before getting started.
The keyboard is light, but feels sturdy. Typing on the Adesso is comfortable and the keys are responsive. There’s a good springy-ness and reminds me of my old Lenovo ThinkPad’s keyboard. This keyboard is small, but is very comfortable. Letter and number keys are full-sized.
The built-in trackball is very responsive. The keyboard has the trackball on one side and the mouse buttons on the other so you can input clicks without needing to take your hands off the keyboard. Since the trackball is built in, you do not need a flat surface to mouse around.
Officially, the keyboard is certified for Windows Vista, however, using it on a Mac required no hacks at all. If you are a Mac person and are looking for a keyboard, this will work, but there will be that big Windows key that you may or may not hate.
The USB RF adapter magnetically attaches to the bottom of the keyboard so there are no weird clasps or plastic points to break. There is the option to pair the keyboard with the receiver and the instructions are written on the bottom of the keyboard. The keyboard also has an on/off button to keep batteries fresh as well as a standby mode. If the keyboard goes untouched for 8 minutes, it goes into standby.
It would have been nice if the trackball could be depressed so if you scroll over a location you could simply press the ball down for a click. The trackball clacks around the housing if you shake the keyboard. Why you would shake the keyboard, I don’t know.
If you’re looking for a living room keyboard or want a portable keyboard, the Adesso Wireless Mini Trackball Keyboard does the job.
Product Page: [Adesso]