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My Lenovo came in the mail today. So far I love this thing. Its exactly what I was looking for to control my HTPC.
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I've read about that one. It looked pretty good and had the features I liked. However, after reading some reviews, it seems as though a lot of people have had connectivity issues with it. Or that their HTPC's would stop recognizing it and so forth. I liked that one as it looks to be fairly ergonomic and it reminded me of the VisionTek candybar.
I checked out the Visiontek Candybar mini KB at a store yesterday, even they couldn't get it to connect. I really liked the size and shape --it looked like a remote. Then I checked reviews about it. Randomly dropped signal, interference from other wireless devices, stopped being recognized at all, even connected by USB, has made me shy away from it.
The VisionTek candybar keyboard is actually the "old version" I was refering to in my first post. It's actually a rebranded Rii Touch by Loftek who also makes the N7. I believe the N7 is a tad bigger but it is still fairly remote-esque, I can take a few pictures of mine if you'd like. The N7 has the same rubber coated keys and should feel fairly similar to the VisionTek you tried out.

One more thing I forgot to mention in my first post is that my only complaint is the tiny touchpad. It takes several swipes to get across my 1080p TV. It does have a sensitivity setting however I found it to be ineffective. The touchpad is quite recessed and the walls surrounding it makes trying to mouse through things quickly a bit of a harsh experience. The built in scrolling feature is also overly sensitive and scrolls down web pages way too quickly, but that can be fixed by changing the settings in Window's Control Panel.

I understand your skepticism though. The keyboard comes with 1 year warranty if bought from an authorized seller, but the only method for contacting Loftek is through an online form on their website. Luckily, my N7 has not had any problems and I have not had to contact them. Other reviewers seem to indicate that customer support is a nightmare.

I don't know if this keyboard comes in good and bad batches, but mine has worked flawlessly these past few months (bought in July). I also bought one for my dad and his seems to be holding up well. He does complain about it not waking up from it's power saving mode, like mine does, but says flipping the power switch off and on wakes it up every time. He keeps his off the charger for weeks at a time and has only had the battery drained completely once and said it charged up just fine, but I would advise people from doing this and to keep the battery topped off. In any case, if you decide to try it out buy it from an Amazon-fulfilled seller so that you can return it hassle-free within 30 days.
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Link to deal on Lenovo.

I have the older model with the trackball and have never had a connectivity issue with it. My biggest gripe with it were no backlight and sloppy trackball, both of which have been addressed.
Thanks for the link Blu. I'm definitely going to read up on it.
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The VisionTek candybar keyboard is actually the "old version" I was refering to in my first post. It's actually a rebranded Rii Touch by Loftek who also makes the N7. I believe the N7 is a tad bigger but it is still fairly remote-esque, I can take a few pictures of mine if you'd like. The N7 has the same rubber coated keys and should feel fairly similar to the VisionTek you tried out.

One more thing I forgot to mention in my first post is that my only complaint is the tiny touchpad. It takes several swipes to get across my 1080p TV. It does have a sensitivity setting however I found it to be ineffective. The touchpad is quite recessed and the walls surrounding it makes trying to mouse through things quickly a bit of a harsh experience. The built in scrolling feature is also overly sensitive and scrolls down web pages way too quickly, but that can be fixed by changing the settings in Window's Control Panel.

I understand your skepticism though. The keyboard comes with 1 year warranty if bought from an authorized seller, but the only method for contacting Loftek is through an online form on their website. Luckily, my N7 has not had any problems and I have not had to contact them. Other reviewers seem to indicate that customer support is a nightmare.

I don't know if this keyboard comes in good and bad batches, but mine has worked flawlessly these past few months (bought in July). I also bought one for my dad and his seems to be holding up well. He does complain about it not waking up from it's power saving mode, like mine does, but says flipping the power switch off and on wakes it up every time. He keeps his off the charger for weeks at a time and has only had the battery drained completely once and said it charged up just fine, but I would advise people from doing this and to keep the battery topped off. In any case, if you decide to try it out buy it from an Amazon-fulfilled seller so that you can return it hassle-free within 30 days.
Does adjusting the tracking speed in windows change anything? I've read about some of the mini KB's that adjusting it in Windows didn't change a thing. Strikes me as kind of odd really.

Regarding battery life, it's actually a good idea to leave it on the charger for a while (some suggest 24hours) before you first use it. I've also read abotu some of my rechargeable batteries that it's also a good idea to "cycle" them every so often; approximately once a month. What they mean by cycling it is charging it all the way up and then use it until it dies then charge it up full again.

No need for pics, I checked out the ones on Amazon. What's the e button do?

And thanks a lot skkhai, you've been a lot of help throughout this thread.
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Does adjusting the tracking speed in windows change anything? I've read about some of the mini KB's that adjusting it in Windows didn't change a thing. Strikes me as kind of odd really.
Changing the pointer speed in Windows does change the trackpad sensitivity. With no mouse acceleration, it takes 5 sweeps at default setting and 1.5 sweeps at max to move the cursor across the screen. I keep it at default because I do occasionally game with a regular mouse on the machine.

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Regarding battery life, it's actually a good idea to leave it on the charger for a while (some suggest 24hours) before you first use it. I've also read abotu some of my rechargeable batteries that it's also a good idea to "cycle" them every so often; approximately once a month. What they mean by cycling it is charging it all the way up and then use it until it dies then charge it up full again.
My only problem with letting the battery drain on a remote is that remotes don't get the constant attention a laptop or phone gets and I'm worried that people are letting these sit for days or weeks fully discharged, killing their batteries and then complaining about it being unresponsive. However, the N7 does have a removable and replaceable battery (model BL-4C) whereas the original Rii does not.

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No need for pics, I checked out the ones on Amazon. What's the e button do?
That button is for launching your default browser and the silver ring around it is a dpad; up, down, left, and right arrow keys.

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And thanks a lot skkhai, you've been a lot of help throughout this thread.
No problem.

I didn't know they made a revision to the Lenovo keyboard. When I was looking for a remote, the original version didn't have backlighting and was an instant deal breaker for me. I might pick one up the next time it goes on sale...
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