Adesso AKB–320UB Keyboard w/Trackball

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Adesso AKB–320UB Keyboard w/Trackball
First Look, Testing and Final Thoughts

Product: Adesso Multimedia Keyboard and Optical Trackball AKB–320UB
Provided by: Adesso
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Introduction:

When I first found out that I was to review this product I was a little skeptical of it since I am a fan of tradition. I knew this type of combination keyboard/mouse was in production, I just never have seen one or used one before. First, a little about the company and then we shall see how this product compares.

 

About Adesso:

“Adesso was founded in 1994 and has since grown into a leading manufacturer of computer input peripherals.  Our line of products includes Data Input, Handwriting Input and Audio/Video Input devices.  The company manufactures and markets innovative, ergonomic, industrial, programmable, wireless, waterproof and foldable keyboards as well as touch-pads, mice, trackballs, webcams, fingerprint and barcode scanners, and high performance graphic tablets.”

 

Box Front
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Box Back
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There is quite an impressive list of shortcut keys on this keyboard, from copy and paste to internet homepage and mail. The product requirements are pretty standard, just an OS and USB port are needed, but I’m puzzled as to why they said that a CD drive was necessary since no CD was provided in the package and no drivers are required, this is a plug and play product.

 

Adesso's Description:

“The AKB-320 has it all, Optical Trackball, Scroll Wheels, Windows® Key, Multimedia Control Keys and Internet Hot Keys all are built in, this means it is the most efficient and productive personal keyboard you will use. The Adesso Multimedia Keyboard with Optical Trackball has features that will bring you to the web with a touch of the button. It lets you operate you multimedia software with easy access to the control keys. Its lightweight and stylish keyboard offers mobility and comfort wherever you type.”

 

Features & Specifications:

 Features:
 - USB or PS/2 connection
 - 800 DPI optical trackball for easy navigation.
 - Quite tactile keys for smooth typing.
 - Laser printed keycaps for longer wear.
 - Multimedia and Internet Hot Key controls.
 - Light weight and elegant design.

Command Hot Keys
 - Cut
 - Copy
 - Paste

Multimedia Hot Keys
 - Media Player
 - Play/Pause
 - Volume Down
 - Volume Up
 - Mute
 - Previous Track
 - Next Track
 - Stop

Internet Hot Keys
 - My Computer
 - Outlook Express
 - Internet Explorer
 - Stop
 - Refresh
 - Search
 - My Favorites
 - Close Windows

 - My Favorites
 - Close Windows
  

Optical Trackball
 - Left Click
 - Right Click
 - Scroll Wheel

Specification:
 - Key layout: 103 keys
 - Key-switch life: 10 million cycles
 - Key force: 55 g
 - Input rating voltage: 5V
 - Input rating current: 100 mA Max
 - Trackball Resolution: 800 DPI
 - Device Dimension: 16.7” x 5.9” x 1.2”
 - Weight: 1.6 lbs.

Regulatory Approvals:
 - FCC
 - CE
 - ROHS

Product Requirements:
 - Microsoft Windows Vista/XP/2000/ME/98SE/98
 - Available USB or PS/2 port
 - CD-ROM drive

Retail Box Includes:
 - 103-key keyboard
 - User's Guide