iTablet Bluetooth Thumb Keyboard
|iTablet Bluetooth Thumb Keyboard|
|Closer Look and Features|
|Testing and Final Thoughts|
With the sudden rise of Home Theater PCs and other devices connected to your TV as well as Tablets and gaming consoles, there is quite a demand for a hardware keyboard. While some people are very happy with an on-screen touch keyboard, the reality is that sometimes - and especially for HTPC applications, a simple remote is not quite good enough. The iTablet keyboard goes a long way to fill this void and offers a Bluetooth connected keyboard that also has a track-pad located on the underside that works seamlessly to control your favorite connected box.
Before we get into the keyboard itself, let's take a look at iTablet and see what they are all about.
AHX Global is a joint venture between X2 Computing, one of the UK’s leading suppliers of mobile computing solutions and AMtek Systems, the leading Taiwanese designer of tablet computers, which first registered the iTablet trademark in 2004 before previewing early development models in 2007. Formed in 2010, AHX Global is committed to becoming one of the world’s leading suppliers of tablet computers.
First Impression & Bundle:
As you could see above, the box is pretty plain and it appears to be designed for online sales. People are funny creatures and if you saw this box in a store, you probably wouldn't give it a second thought. The included bundle is pretty similar. In the box, we find the iTablet keyboard, a USB cable to charge the device and a manual. There is nothing else - although in reality, there isn't much you need with a keyboard that has integrated batteries.
Once the keyboard is out of the box, I was surprised at the size of the unit. It's a little larger than I thought it would be. It is still nice and compact though and it is quite thin so it doesn't feel very beefy or chunky. At initial glance, there are a few potential keyboard layout issues, but time will tell if they actually affect the product in real world usage.
The overall layout is pretty clean and while it follows a fairly basic QWERTY layout, there are some issues as the keyboard has 38 basic keys + CAPS/Shift/CTRL/ALT/Fn/Bluetooth/R-Click/L-Click.
The real problem is that the iTablet keyboard doesn't have enough real estate to allow often-used keys, such as punctuation, arrow or backspace keys to be accessed without first having to hit a function key. This is a royal pain in the posterior for simple this like periods or backspace. I do realize that the keyboard is not designed to write long emails or reviews on, but I'm sure there are a few things they could do different to make it more usable.
On the next page we'll take a closer look as well as some features of the iTable Thumb Keyboard before we jump into testing.