First the keyboard. Surprisingly comfortable. I was expecting the keys to feel like the Chicklet style but there is actually a relatively generous amount of dip. (I''m guessing about 3/32", but I don''t have an accurate way of measuring it.) I had trouble getting my Mac...
First the keyboard. Surprisingly comfortable. I was expecting the keys to feel like the Chicklet style but there is actually a relatively generous amount of dip. (I''m guessing about 3/32", but I don''t have an accurate way of measuring it.) I had trouble getting my Mac Mini to recognize it in the Bluetooth settings... because it didn''t HAVE to recognize it. It just worked. Wow. It has a built-in rechargeable battery. I didn''t put that to the test. It does have a low battery warning, and a standard µUSB charging port, so supermarket checkout stand impulse buy chargers will work. The included cord is a bit on the short side, so not really meant for tethered use.
The mouse, on the other hand, still required the dongle. Since the Mini only has two USB ports, that''s a sacrifice. It is comfortable and seems to track well. I''m not crazy about DPI buttons, but most people that I''ve talked to do like them. At least this one doesn''t accidentally get pressed constantly the way the last one I had did.
I''m reminded of a friend back in the day... OK, I could hear your eyes roll from here... who was the Front Man in our band, and also the bass player. He wanted to go wireless for his bass. Not only because the cord interfered with his stage presence, but because one time at a club with poorly wired outlets, he got zapped whenever he touched the strings of his bass and his lips touched his mic. But the wireless units of the day had a battery life of about 2 sets if you were lucky. We tried NiCd, (NiMH and Li-ion weren''t yet a thing) but the lower voltage tripped the battery warning, even freshly charged. So one night between sets, while our Tech was changing the battery, I said "maybe we could use an AC adapter." He brightened up and said that sounded like a good idea. I stared with a half smirk for about 10 seconds before he turned a little red and said, "Oh. Yeah." I guess you had to be there. But the point is, in use, the keyboard is wireless and on the charger between "sets."
The combo works well and is comfortable. If you want a mini keyboard, you''ll probably be happy with this one.
Between the time I wrote this and it posted, I looked closer. In the instructions it said that you plug the dongle into a space in the keyboard. I never found that space, so I figured it must have been for a different revision or something. After looking at the other reviews, something seemed wrong. I looked closer at the bottom, and there is a space for the dongle on the bottom of the keyboard. Except on mine, they forgot to cut it out! The outline is there, but that''s all. (See the picture.) Since the bottom panel is probably molded by an automated system, the fact that a feature is missing means that it''s probably missing from a particular run of them. It still works, but not as intended.