iPazzport Keyboard review

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Keyboards are a dime a dozen these days.  The feel of one is very important since I type a lot everyday.  I’m always on the lookout for one to use with my HTPC that I keep at home, so today I’ll take a look at the iPazzPort Keyboard. This keyboard includes a touchpad that doubles as a numeric keypad! Let’s take a look.

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The features of the iPazzPort Keyboard are advertised as follows:

  • Full QWERTY keyboard
  • Touch panel switch to digital mode or mouse touchpad mode
  • Ultra-sensitive mouse touchpad
  • Supports multi-touch and Scrolling bar
  • Supports multi language
  • Works in Windows, Mac OS, Linux, and Android/Google
  • size: 12.3in x 4.4in x .7in

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The iPazzPort is made of a heavy duty plastic that doesn’t feel cheap, and comes with a wireless dongle to connect to your computer. This gives you a maximum distance of about 33 feet. It also ships with 3 AAA batteries which is always nice when included with packaging.  I popped the dongle into my Chromebox to give it a go.
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When installed, I switched the iPazzPort to “on” and was immediately ready to go. The layout of the iPazzPort is a full sized QWERTY keyboard with Windows key on left and menu key on the right.  The keypresses are silent, had a nice spring to them when I typed, and the trackpad was responsive with no delays.
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I noticed the symbols on top of the trackpad, then read the little instruction booklet.  When you slide a finger from the “1” to the “mouse” symbol, it switches from a numeric keyboard to a regular touchpad. Pretty cool!  I found this to be a unique feature and quite useful.  The only problem I had after using this as a trackpad for a while is that my finger would accidentally slide from the numeric pad mode to the touchpad mode, which got mildly annoying.

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Another cool feature about the iPazzPort is that you can set up different colors for the backlight of the keys. I really loved this feature, and found it to be unique as well.  You can do the standard red, green and blue colors, but also do combinations of colors when pressing different combinations of keys.

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I was surprised that the iPazzPort worked well on my Chromebox that runs Chrome OS.  It also works really well on my Windows box as well as Mac OS X. (I didn’t try it out on an Android device.)  I had fun trying out the different colors, and the size is good to keep in small spaces, i.e. next to a bed or sofa. Battery life was also pretty good considering I’ve been using this a few weeks with no issues. I recommend the iPazzPort keyboard for your HTPC or media center machine, since the trackpad is attached.

Source: The sample for this review was provided by iPazzPort. Please visit their site for more info.

 

Product Information

Price:$20-25
Manufacturer:iPazzPort
Retailer:Amazon
Requirements:
  • PC running Windows, Mac OS X, Linux, Android OS, Chrome OS
Pros:
  • nice feel when typing
  • compact
  • fun backlit colors
  • smooth tracking
Cons:
  • finger can hit numeric keypad switches accidentally
Posted in: Computer Gear, Reviews, Wireless
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  • S January 17, 2015, 11:21 am

    My Surface Pro doesn’t have a numerical keyboard. So I’ve been hooking up a keyboard and then a mouse to keep it on the little desk shelfe and I mouse/type on the desk.

    This looks very good. But I wondered how it would work on a Mac since the keys are labeled for Windows. I downloaded the user manual. http://ipazzport.com/upimg/pdf/20140813151524822482.pdf

    The manual is sparse. Only 4 pages in English. The rest is Chinese (I think) and boilerplate text.

    There is nothing about how to work the keyboard with a Mac or any of the other operating systems. Fortunately I need this for Windows. But any Mac users should beware. You might be pressing an odd combination of keys to duplicate Cmd-Opt-Shift.

  • Greg Carter January 17, 2015, 3:27 pm

    This product does address the main issues that I had with the Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard: it has backlit keys and a number pad. Looks nice!

  • Andrew Baker January 17, 2015, 3:43 pm

    I own another ipazzport keyboard. been very happy with this “cheaper” manufacture.

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