Upgrade Version! Rii® i8+ Wireless 2.4G Mini Keyboard for Google Android Devices (Smart TV, TV Box, HTPC, PC, Notebook Pad and Other Games) with Multi-touch up to 15 Meters (Compatible with i8) (Gold)
The Rii® i8+ is about the size of a game controller. It features a QWERTY keyboard with extra keys for music and mouse control, separate number and function keys, and hot buttons.
This remote has a USB dongle which stores conveniently in a little compartment when not in use. Your system must have a USB port to connect wirelessly. If you want Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, or wired connection, this keyboard is not for you.
Thumb typing is comfortable with the exception of using the shift key. The shift key is located on the left. It must be held down while a letter is typed. There is no shift key on the right, so typing a capital “A” is awkward.
Numbers and function keys are on separate rows, so they are easy to type without needing to shift between letters and numbers.
I found the page up and page down buttons useful.
All music controls are within easy reach, clustered on the right upper corner. Pause, play, volume, repeat, skipping forward and back tracks are just a touch away. All is intuitive.
There are eight convenient keys next to the touchpad to launch the following:
* Windows Media Player
* left mouse click
* right mouse click
* search files
* home button (launches the first screen of my computer’s file system)
* web browser
These buttons are very convenient, especially the mouse buttons.
With the touchpad, we can do the following:
* right click
* left click
* scroll down
I mostly use the pad for moving the cursor. Sensitivity is good for cursor movement, but I have to swipe so many times to get across a page that I would prefer a thumbstick to the pad.
Using one and two finger touches for the mouse button took too much time (not instant). It was easier to use the touchpad to move the cursor and then one of the mouse buttons to click or the page up and down buttons to move up and down.
Also, I often get the misfire, where the pad gives me a right click when I don’t want one.
There are a set of buttons clustered on the upper right that can scroll a page left and right or up and down and select.
SET TOP BOX
I tried this with the XBox to watch a video. There was limited functionality there. I could move between selections but we couldn’t get a movie to play.
I tried it with an XBox game (Minecraft). In that case, it didn’t work at all.
I tried it with my Windows Live TV and it makes searches easier, but don’t get rid of the remote. The Rii is mostly good for typing in the search box. The hot keys, mouse, touchpad don’t work. The scrolling buttons are functional.
So far, I get the most out of the Rii on my Windows 7 PC.
The Rii keyboard is very well laid out. It is small and compact and attractive. For someone who needs to type or use a mouse constantly, I wouldn’t recommend it. It’s more for those who need the occasional mouse or keyboard to type in search boxes or scroll across a page. If you have an entertainment system that uses a remote control to hunt and peck letters across a screen, this keyboard would make your life easier.
This product was provided for review by Hausbell.