I love my IOGEAR GKM561R keyboard/trackball.
When I purchased that keyboard for my own use, it had all the features I wanted at that time in a HTPC input device. When I find another one that is produced/marketed by a company, I become interested in obtaining one for a review.
I want to see what kind of progress is being made from that keyboard to the newer models. I want to see how many features can be ergonomically squeezed into the smallest space possible. I want to see improved connectivity. The question is, of course, does the latest model from IOGEAR – in the form of the GKM681R – improve on the the GKM561R.
What’s In The Box?
First, we have the normal eye-catching consumer-style packaging.
Upon opening, we find the contents securely packaged inside.
Upon removal, we get to take a closer look at the contents:
As with the the other IOGEAR keyboards, it is interesting what one doesn’t see or need: a driver disk. True plug-n-play.
The picture above does not show the USB receiver, which is contained in a compartment on the bottom of the keyboard.
Finally, we have a closer shot of the combination keyboard/mouse
and comparison shots with the GKM561R,
and the over-sized Logitech MX 5500.
Yes, with downsizing, this keyboard is approaching true remote control territory.