Features and Specifications

Features

  • Ultra-slim ergonomic wireless 2.4GHz keyboard with built in laser trackball,left / right buttons and scroll wheel features.
  • 2.4Ghz technology offers greater range up to 33 feet away from your computer
  • Built-in laser trackball with 400, 800, and 1200 dpi selections
  • Built-in left and right mouse buttons with built-in scroll wheel
  • 19 hotkeys for multimedia functions
  • Slip Resistant design on both sides with rubber grip
  • 78 channels for Keyboard with unique ID to avoid interference (automatically switches)
  • ON/OFF switch for battery saving
  • The perfect solution for Digital Living Rooms or PC to TV
  • Warranty: 3-YEAR

Specifications

  • Radio Frequency:  2.4GHz
  • Connectors: USB RF Receiver
  • Power Switch: ON/OFF
  • Operating Range: Up to 10m (33ft)
  • Operating System Support: Windows XP, Vista 32/64, 7 (32-bit / 64-bit*; Mac** OS X or later; *Media Center hotkeys are only supported with the operating systems that have Microsoft Windows Media Center.  **Multimedia keys not supported.
  • Resolution: 400/800/1200 DPI Trackball Resolution
  • Battery Type: 2 x AA Alkaline Battery
  • Number of Channel: 8
  • Channels: 78
  • Housing: Plastic
  • Unit Dimensions: 14.125in. W x 6.5in. H x 1.5in. D

Using the GKM561R combination keyboard/mouse

To make use of the IOGEAR combo keyboard/mouse, simply plug the receiver into an available USB port on your computer, turn the computer on, and use it as you would any other multimedia keyboard and mouse.

No drivers and no setup required.  Yes, it really is that simple.

In my HTPC, I plugged the receiver into a USB port on the back, sat down about 12 feet away and started to check out usability.  Typing data on the keyboard seemed to work quite well, unless my leg (or our dog) got between keyboard and the receiver.  RF seems to have a problem with living flesh!

Next, I moved myself down the hall to where I was about 20+ feet away, and it seemed to work quite well again.  I fired up notepad and typed in the complete keyboard character set from 12 feet away and from 3 feet away.  I could find no dropped keystrokes, as long as my dog would stay out of the way!

As I wanted this device for use with my HTPC, it should be noted that the following highlighted keys

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work quite well with opening Windows Media Center, going directly to various WMC areas, and for controlling various functions.  With this device, one really does not need a WMC remote.

IOGEAR has incorporated a series of DPI setting for the trackball.  You have the choice of 400, 800, or 1200 DPI.

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I am the kind of guy who normally has my mouse set at or near the highest scroll settings, but I found the GKM561R worked quite nicely for at the 400 DPI setting.  Placing my thumb on the trackball and moving the ball as far to the right as possible (without lifting my thumb) would take the cursor almost all the across my TV screen.

Speaking of the trackball, where are the mouse controls?  The following picture indicates where these controls are placed

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while the following picture illustrated how one holds the keyboard when using the mouse controls.

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It feels quite natural to hold and use the keyboard this way, and I am the kind of person who normally does not like trackballs.

On the back of the keyboard is an on/off button as well as a reset button.