"Perfect For The Family Room TV/PC"4.0 starson by alank
Pros: Small, Stylish, Works Good
Cons: "Wake-up" Slow, Occasional Missed Keystroke, Phone Interference
Summary: I'm writing this opinion sitting in my familyroom using the Slimtouch Wireless keyboard with a laptop connected to my 50" Samsung. Very cool.
A couple weeks ago I was behind my set and realized it has an input for a PC connection. Never really noticed before. So that got me thinking how I could take advantage of this. I didn't want to buy a new PC just for this and didn't want a bulky PC next to my TV either. Then it struck me. I had an old laptop with a busted LCD. Would it even still work? Fired her up and sure enough it did. So I hooked it to the input on the TV and hit the input select button on the TV remote and bingo, Windows running larger than life on a 50" "monitor". So next was to plug in an extra wireless network card I had laying around. Now I was on-line in my family room! But the key would be able to surf from my lazy-boy.
Enter the Adesso Slimtouch wireless keyboard. I did quite a bit of research and this seemed to be the best. So far so good! It's working great. Simply plugged in the tinny USB receiver and instantly XP recognized it and configured it. Popped in the 4 AA batteries (included) and I was in business. Couldn't have been easier.
The keyboard is really small and slick looking. Just what I wanted for the family room. The keys are quiet and the kind that you would find on most laptops. Not regular desktop keyboards. Same goes for the touchpad. Just like a laptop. I've used laptops for years so this was very comfortable for me. If you are not familiar with laptops then you may find it a bit awkward at first. You will get used to it.
I have encountered a few problems. After not using the keyboard for a little while it turns itself off. There is no on/off switch. Pressing a key wakes it back up but can take up to 10 seconds. The other problem is lost keystrokes. You have to be paying attention to what you type as sometimes it skips keystrokes. In this writing up to now I've lost maybe two or three. Not bad considering what you get. And the other problem is with my phone. It also operates under 2.4GHz and causes the keyboard to malfunction when the phone is being used nearby. Again, a pretty small price to pay. Maybe I should upgrade my phone by now anyway!
So all-in-all, I would recommend this keyboard for a similar setup to mine. Other than TV use, I'm not sure it would be as liked. There are many other wireless keyboard to meet those needs.