Design and User Interface
When the keyboard was unboxed, it was found to be very lightweight and thin. Its dimensions are 12.25 by 8.5 inches, and it weighs around 1 lb 3.5 oz (with batteries). The keyboard contains standard keys, arranged in an 88-key form factor, and provides quite a few shortcut keys. The shortcut keys include 10 keys around the touchpad, which provide functionality for audio control, media control, and Web surfing. The Media Center key opens the Windows Media Center on Vista and Windows 7, the media player key opens up the default music player, the Flip 3D shortcut allows you to move through flip 3D, and the audio controls allow you to go back, go forward, and change the volume, etc.
The rest of the shortcut keys are accessed via the function (Fn) modifier key, which gives control of other functions with a single press of a key. There is no separate numerical keypad. But there is the option of pressing ‘Num Lock’ and accessing numbers via the blue labeled keys. The back of the keyboard contains the battery compartment (four AAA batteries are included). Also at the back, there is a pair of flip up props that can elevate your keyboard to the angle you want. Another feature on the back of the keyboard is a small reset button, which resides at the bottom left corner.
The wireless receiver (or USB dongle) that facilitates the wireless connection between your PC and the keyboard is included. It is a simple plug-and-play device that works right out of the box. No special installations are needed to get it started.