Jul 2

I've been pining for a mini-wireless keyboard for the Revo since the day I brought it online.  Originally, I had my eye on the very expensive Logitech diNovo, but decided it was too big an investment to trust to the abuse that our remotes must endure.  Once or twice I considered the Lenovo "T" shaped contraption, but decided quickly that the form-factor left a lot to be desired...not quite remote-material, but I expect that it has its place in the conference room (probably sitting next to the similarly-shaped, and ubiquitous Polycom).  And then it was the iPazzPort, with its Blackberry-meets-Palm form factor and somewhat unfinished appearance, making it look more like a college EE senior project than a marketable mass-produced product.

Well, I stumbled across the Rii Mini-Wireless Keyboard some time ago, and nearly pulled the trigger several times.  What stopped me were the reports around dismal range in the 2.4GHz model, but it had everything else that met my ideal concept of a mini-wireless keyboard...a trackpad, backlighting, rechargeable, lower cost, and good ergonomics.  Further, once the Bluetooth model released, it seemed that the range problems were finally addressed, with the added bonus of being pairable to the iPhone for easier data entry.

However, procrastination rules the day and patience pays off yet-again.  Recently, Rii released the N7 - a smaller, lighter, longer-ranged, and even better form factor, which places the track pad in the center of the device, and gives a more complete compliment of native keys to boot.

With the ultra-low profile receiver fob plugged into an open USB on the back of the Revo, the device was instantly recognized and was up and running in a matter of minutes.  Adjustable on the fly, trackpad sensitivity seems to be perfectly adequate for scrolling about the screen, range is good, and functionality is right on target.  What the device lacks at the moment is Bluetooth connectivity, but expect this is near-term on the product radar.

I purchased mine as an open-box item for a mere $25 + shipping through eBay - the device still smells new, and there is no discernible evidence of use.  Overall, this little Rii N7 mini wireless keyboard really fills the bill.

Rii N7

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