This is an excellent inexpensive wireless keyboard


#1

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#2

Karabiner is so useful. I remapped my caps lock to be cmd-opt-shift ages ago (well, a couple years back) and now my huge assortment of custom Illustrator key shortcuts is so much more accessible.


#3

Where can one find out what, if anything, is used to secure the wireless transmission of everything one types on this keyboard? It appears to use some proprietary RF-to-USB dongle.


#4

No such thing as an excellent wireless keyboard or mouse for that matter. There are only so many reboots I’m willing to do get these things to reconnect.


#5

Sure there are. We have had a Logitech K400r for many years and it has worked great with several PCs, mostly Windows but also a Raspberry Pi. It’s a wireless keyboard with a built-in trackpad.

I even dismantled the whole thing and washed it a couple weeks ago, put it back together and it’s good as new!

Around $20 at Target or Best Buy, not found on Amazon for some reason. $40 list price.

We’ve had good luck with the MK-270 combos at work too.


#6

We have a couple of these, they have never not worked except when the batteries died, and their battery life is remarkable.


#7

USB dongles are much better for desktop computers than flaky bluetooth. And they have the advantage of working during bootup if you need to access the firmware settings.


#8

Wired are 99.99% reliable for slightly less convenience and they don’t need batteries.


#9

Wired is fine where appropriate, but sometimes it isn’t. We use our wireless keyboards when controlling computers 15 feet away, and a cord would be an unsightly tripping hazard. The two Logitechs have been 100% reliable, and since use is light we get a couple of years on a set of batteries.


#10

+1 on the Logitech K400r. I use them for Pis and on an arcade cabinet, very useful for situations where a wired keyboard and mouse isn’t practical. And I’ve never, not even once, had a connectivity issue. My only beef is that the touchpad is insanely sensitive to moisture, and no matter how much I dry my hands after getting them wet it’ll throw a hissy fit and fuse to work for at least 10 minutes. My other beef is that it has a half-sized shift key on the right side. I gather the new version doesn’t.

I just ordered this wireless keyboard, even though it doesn’t have a touchpad I look forward to try it. Massive bonus points from me for having the function keys be default function keys, with media keys requiring pressing the FN key.


#11

I have a K400r for a DIY Steam machine, and a keyboard that looks a lot like the one linked to here paired to a Fire TV stick, except the one I have is Bluetooth and Anker-branded, though it’s also sold under several different brands. I like this little keyboard, but I wouldn’t want to use it on a PC without a pointing device (it’s not a couch-friendly input device for a PC in other words.)

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They have newer rechargeable ones. The one I got, the only difference between it and a no-name brand like Omoton was that you hit a keycombo to pair instead of having a dedicated button. The only reason I know this is because I had another one that got broken that had an icon of the iPad Home button instead of an Escape key.


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