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Deltaco TB-109 Wireless Mini Keyboard: Plastic keyboard for control from the sofa

Many choose to move the computer from the study to the living room in order to be able to connect it to the television and use it as a media center. But if you’re sitting on the sofa in front of the TV, it is of course both clumsy and unsightly to use a traditional keyboard and mouse. Deltaco has thought of that and produced a minimal keyboard with trackball and built-in mouse buttons.

The small keyboard (26 x 11 x 2.5 centimeters) is really light and flexible, so Deltaco has really succeeded. It works just as well to hold the air with both hands as to have it resting on your lap. The function buttons for, for example, controlling the media player are conveniently located by the thumbs.

The fact that the keyboard is so small means of course that the keys are also small and at first it can be quite tricky to hit the right time when typing. After a little practice, you’ll get used to it, although you’ll never get up to the same speeds as when you type on a regular keyboard.

Plastic design
So far, everything is good with the Deltaco Wireless Mini Keyboard, but unfortunately there are some flaws that lower the rating.

To begin with, the design is very plasticky. In terms of quality, it feels more like something you find for a hundred in Clas Ohlson’s bargain box than something you pay SEK 700 for in a computer store.

The trackball also works poorly. The mouse pointer moves jerkily and the precision leaves a lot to be desired. A minus also because the function buttons, which are admittedly many in number, are not programmable.

If you want a really small keyboard for the computer in the living room, the Deltaco Wireless Mini Keyboard is a good choice in terms of size, but in terms of quality it doesn’t feel good value.

Plus: Flexible format, many function buttons.
Minus: Plastic design, bad trackball, not programmable.
Grade: (5 out of 10)

Manufacturer: Deltaco, www.deltaco.se
System requirements: Windows XP/Vista.
Approx price: 700 kroner. Click here for the best price right now.

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