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Anyone here remember carrying a full-sized keyboard to repair jobs?
No? Just me then.
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I used to pack a keyboard because of the number of times I'd attempt to trouble-shoot a dead computer only to find out that the keyboard was damaged, misbehaving, or missing.
Time have changed, and the days of carrying a full-sized wired keyboard are over.
Now I carry a small, rechargeable keyboard with a built-in trackpad in the form of the Rii 2.4G mini wireless keyboard with touchpad.
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I've been using this keyboard for several months now, and it is super handy not only when the keyboard connected to a system is acting up, but also when setting up things like smart TVs (as a physical replacement to the awful on-screen keyboard you have to use to enter Wi-Fi passwords or passwords for streaming services and the like via remote control).
It's also useful for Xbox, PlayStation, and even working with a Raspberry Pi.
This keyboard is small and lightweight, but it's surprisingly useful and responsive. I wouldn't want to write a novel on this keyboard, but it's far better than many keyboards found on smartphones and smart TVs.
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In addition to the standard alphanumeric keys, you get a whole raft of other keys, like Home, Page Up/Down, Volume Control, Ctrl+Alt+Dlt, Esc, Search, and more.
On the side is an on/off switch and a microUSB port for charging. The built-in battery lasts for hours (I've never had it run out, but I do top it up a few times a month just so it's ready for use when I need it).
You plug the USB dongle into the USB port on a computer, and the keyboard connects automatically.
Where's the USB dongle, I hear you ask? Well, there's a little port on the back.
Pull on this and there's a little holder for the wireless dongle.
Inside that is the dongle. It's tiny!
Plug it into any free USB port, and you instantly have a wireless keyboard!
The built-in trackpad might be small, but it's very useful.
Rii 2.4G mini wireless keyboard is a brilliant little bit of kit, for under $20.
If you want a keyboard with a laser pointer (who doesn't like laser pointers?) there's a version of the Rii that has a built-in laser pointer.