"Returning tomorrow"on by imCN88
Pros Works as a keyboard
Cons Poor IR configuration, missed keystrokes, poorly written manual
Summary If you are looking for a USB keyboard, this might work for you. However, if you are looking for an input device that can replace a universal remote, look elsewhere.
The installation is trivial, as this is a USB device. Even if you happen to connect the device before installing the software (which they have labels on the USB cable stating you shouldn't) the keyboard function works fine once you put the batteries into the keyboard.
I was looking for a keyboard that I could attach to my notebook, as I hate trying to type with the built int keyboard. I decided to purchase this keyboard based upon the additional IR features described on the box, which made me believe it would also replace my universal remote.
First off, the Comcast Motorola cable box would not be identified using the built in control codes. So I decided to try and manually program using the IR Learning feature. This did not work either.
This device suffers from a lack of a status indicator during the Learning IR process. At no time was I aware that the system had acknowledged my input steps. As well, the manual is poorly written, making me wonder if those who were writing it had anyone confirming the steps to take. Or if Belkin had any techs verify the document prior to publishing.
For instance, the steps on setting up the connection with the base unit and the removable keyboard describe pressing the synchronize button (located on the bottom "??" of the base unit), then you will see the "Connect" LED blink. Press the synchronize button again, you will see the light stop blinking. The diagram makes it appear that the "Connect" LED should stay lit - however this is not the case.
I could go on (for example, a non-standard auxiliary key layout where I have to relearn my key positions), but trying to type on this keyboard is painful. It is missing about 10% of my keystrokes, forcing me to backtrack.
Very disappointed in this Belkin product, and will be returning it tomorrow for a more basic USB keyboard. Perhaps if the Learning IR function worked correctly, and the 10% keystrokes were not missed, I might suffer with the $90 purchase.
Hope this review helps someone considering this keyboard.
Pros Good idea, handy keys,
Cons keystroke errors, Touchy mouse, Hard to configure Infared
Summary I'm typing on this keyboard right now (until I can get my Logitech G15 of of ebay) and I'll spare yu by not gonig back and edtiing any of the mistakes that this keyboard has made while me typing i.
If you can type anywhere beyond 40 words per mnitue please do not by this keyboard as it will annoy you having to go back and ffix all of yoru mistakes.
On the other hand if you slow down and seek and peck one key at a time you might be able to make a sentence able to understand.
This keyboard has a mouse function built into the keyboard so you can lets say navigate from your couch if you want or whatever. In reality, this mouse isn't a mouse replacement but more of a substitute. It's hard to control, and it takes forever to move it across the screen accurately. Don't get me wrong its great for simple point and click every once in a while but don't expect to use the mouse often.
One feature with this keyboard I really like and have used many times is the media stop, pause, forward reverse, and volume control. Very helpful.
Another negative for this keyboard is they keys aren't in the positions they're supposed to be. (probably to be able to cram the second set of directional buttons into the wireless bit) it's annoying.
This keyboard DOES work with Microsoft XBOX 360 as I have tested it myself, but for basic text input.
I look below and see that this keyboard is selling for 80 dollars. I bought it off of www.woot.com for 30 and I still think I lost money on it.
Don't waste your time unless u et it for free, used, or at a bargain.
"A One of a Kind Tool"on by smnc
Pros Jack of all Keyboards
Cons Master of None
Summary So when I originally built my Home Theatre PC I used a nice little keyboard from BTC (9019URF) which was great!
But as my machine evolved from a simple HTPC into a full-on Home Centre PC, I found I wanted something with a few more features.
-Built-in Pointing Device
-Quick Launch Keys
-Programmable (Macro) Keys
During my searches I discovered the Belkin MediaPilot.
It met all my criteria and a whole lot more.
Firstly, it is a wireless-RF keybaord, and it does have a standard built-in pointing device, as do most wireless/HTPC keyboards.
However, unlike most others, the MediaPilot has full three-button support and a scroll wheel.
It also has the standard media keys as well as application keys, nicely laid out across the top, with an extra bonus function, which I will get to in a minute.
It also has the ability to use the function keys as macro keys for easy access to commonly used functions such as save, spell check, etc.
Allo the fueatures so far have been fairly standard, but here's where iti gets interesting:
It has a docking base that doubles as both a recharging station and receiver, and also adds a full numeric keypad.
Since my PC serves multiple uses, this is a GREAT feature for me.
And in case all that isn't enough for you, that extra feature I mentioned earlier is a universal IR remote.
Thats right, a simple flick of a switch converts the keyboard into a nicely featured remote for all the A/V equipment.
This thing is the veritable Swiss Army Knife of keyboards.
However, like a real Swiss Army Knife, it's good at everything, but not really outstanding at any one thing.
First, the software for programming the feature keys and remote control functions is counter-intuitive and it takes a good amount of patience to get everything set-up. It's not horrible, but there is definitely a lot of room for improvement.
Second, the build quality is not stellar. It's not bad, just not great either.
The wireless keyboard feels nice and solid in your hands or on your lap, but it slides around a bit in the docking base. The sliding doesn't affect it's function, but it is mildly distracting.
Lastly, the soft-touch keys are nice and quiet which is great for a HTPC, but they can make it tricky to type at any high speed and for any length of time.
As with all the other negatives, it's not bad, just mildly annoying.
Now one other question I hear raised a lot is what to do with the base.
Now the answer is that it's kind of an individual thing.
I know some people leave the base on top of their coffee table, or even under their coffee table.
I have another friend who has the base sitting on top of his HTPC case.
For myself, as I use my Home Centre PC in multiple roles (HTPC, Games, Internet, etc) it made sense to have a keyboard that can function as both a desktop and a portable keyboard, so I installed a swing-arm keyboard/mouse drawer to the bottom of my coffee table so that I can use use it in "desktop" docked mode with my regular bluetooth wireless mouse, or I can un-dock it and use it "HTPC mode" while I recline on the couch.
So, if you need a simple HTPC keyboard, you might want to consider this unit, but you also might want to look at the competition.
If on the other hand you need a jack of all trades, this is they keyboard for you.