Originally Posted by BlackOmega
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.