All-In-One Media Keyboard is the wireless compact spill resistant keyboard for media centers, and smart TV. As such, it features no ergonomic qualities but a built-in touch pad with two buttons and six hot keys, three of them being programmable ones. The latter include: mute, volume up, volume down, mouse left button, audio source, folders, browser home page. The touchpad supports gestures control, including wiping, scrolling and scaling. The All-In-One Media Keyboard lacks the numeric pad and any LED indicators spare the one which manifests the keyboard on/off status. There’s a housing compartment for the wireless receiver next to the batteries’ compartment. Speaking of which, the All-In-One Media Keyboard is powered with 2 AA batteries with the approximate life of 9 months.
Microsoft All-In-One Media Keyboard
- Product name: Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard.
- Type: Media Keyboard.
- Keyboard Name: Microsoft All-in-One Media Keyboard.
- Keyboard Connection: Wireless.
- Transceiver Version: Microsoft Nano Transceiver v2.0.
- Wireless Platform: Proprietary 2.4 GHz.
- Wireless Frequency: 2.4 GHz frequency range.
- Wireless Range: 33 feet (obstacles-free).
- Full compatibility: Microsoft Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / RT 8.1 / RT, Windows 7, Windows Server 2012.
- Compatibility logos: Compatible with Microsoft Windows 10 / 8 / 7.
- System requirements: USB HID.
- Software: Microsoft Mouse and Keyboard Center 2.8 (Windows 10 (64-bit only)).
- Keys number: 109.
- Encryption Features: 128-bit AES encryption.
- Media keys: Home Page, Music, and Media.
- Keys life: 500,000 actuations per key.
- Media keys: volume up, volume down, mute.
- Keys life: 500,000 actuations per key.
- Mouse Key Features: Right and left mouse button on trackpad, left mouse button on main keyboard.
- Mouse Key Life: 500,000 actuations per key.
- Trackpad Features: track, scroll, flick, zoom, and swipe.
- Trackpad Speed: up to 10 inches per second.
- Trackpad Life: 1,000,000 actuations for virtual right/left mouse buttons.
- Typing Speed: Up to 200 characters per minute.
- Dimensions: 14.4 x 5.20 x 0.76 inches.
- Weight: 15.3 ounces.
- Keyboard batteries: 2 AAA alkaline batteries (included).
- Num Pad: no.
- Transceiver interface: USB.
- Transceiver dimensions: 0.72 x 0.51 x 0.17 inches.
- Transceiver weight: 0.05 ounces.
- Warranty: 3 years.
- Part #: N9Z-00001, N9Z-00002.
- Windows Certification Kit (WCK): ID: 1731385 Windows 10.
- Price: $29.99 – $39.99.
- The All-In-One Media Keyboard is designed for the sitting room entertainment. It can be paired with Smart TV, media centers and tablets, provided, they support USB HID. HID stands for Human Interface Device and this type of USB connection is installed by default in every computer, but with the Smart TV sets it’s hard to tell, so it might be a good idea to consult your TV or media box manual first before buying this keyboard.
- As the keyboard with its focus on entertainment the All-In-One Media Keyboard sports all the necessary features. It’s spill resistant with special openings to leak the liquid, it’s compact, and it has an on-off switch on the side to spare the batteries life. It has no backlight though, and is uncomfortable to fiddle with in a dark room. There’s only one green indicator that glows for 10 seconds after the keyboard is turned on.
- The keyboard highlights are the built-in touch pad with mouse buttons and 6 media keys, grouped in three and placed apart. At the left-hand edge there’re a left mouse button, a volume up/down rocker, and a mute key. The other three hot keys are placed neatly just above the touchpad. The one with a house icon opens your default browser to its home page. The headphones icon marks Windows Media Player hot key. The key with a folder icon on it opens Windows Explorer.
- The function keys also features additional media and control features and are marked with the corresponding icons. Here’s the list of what they can do. Please, pay attention, that various functions might be unavailable in certain Windows versions:
F1 – fast-backward
F2 – play/pause
F3 – fast-forward
F4 (crescent moon icon) – sleep mode on
F5 (magnifying glass) – search window (search window in Windows Explorer in Windows 7)
F6 – search
F7 – share (sends the desktop screenshot to Fresh Paint, Mail, or OneNote)
F8 – Devices page (in Windows 8 only)
F9 – duplicates the computer’s screen on a second display / projector or extends it across two displays
F10 – back to desktop
F11 – page up
F12 – page down
The keys can be reprogrammed via Microsoft’s free Mouse and Keyboard Center software. It’s available for download from the official Microsoft page.
- The touchpad is 3 by 3.2 inches, and works as a clickpad actually, though the vertical line to mark the division is visible only near the bottom. The whole left half and the right half operates as the left and the right mouse buttons respectively except the very top of the pad. They’re hard to press so that one can avoid pressing them accidentally. The touchpad highlight is gestures support. It works for Left-Click, Right-Click, Move the Cursor, Zoom, Scroll, Show Charm Bar, and Previous Application.
- The typing speed of the All-In-One Media Keyboard is surprisingly low, but then, it’s not an office keyboard. That’s why even the touchpad life is twice as long as that of the keys, though they’re nice, chicklet low-profile keys with rounded corners, if only too densely packed.
- The USB wireless dongle can be stored in a special compartment next to the batteries’ one in the bottom of the keyboard. The guaranteed working distance for stable connection is 33 feet, but no metal objects should interfere. The batteries charge level may also contribute to the receiving quality.
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Microsoft All-in-One Media keyboard: A low-cost keyboard combo for home theater or home office [Video]
Video uploaded by CNET on May 30, 2014.