This unit from Penclic helps as it is small – about the size of that found on a laptop – and it has no wires to connect it as it uses a Wi-Fi dongle.
It is 28.5x16cm and weights 345grams with its two ‘AAA’ batteries inserted in its back.
It is a UK keyboard with £ above the 3 and everything else also in place however its lack of size relies on ‘Num Lock’ key to give you the numeric keypad and other extras are via the ‘FN’ key some worked and some of these options in blue gave different combinations.
While the alpha and numeric keys are full size the gap between them is slightly less at just over 2mm compared to up to .5mm on a standard keyboard, the same lack of gap applies between the rows. However for most the added accuracy for key strikes should not be a problem.
The back of the keyboard has the bay for the two supplied ‘AAA’ batteries. There is no indication on the cover or on the inside of the bay for the orientation of the batteries. Mine were uncharged on arrival and only after I had left it charging for around 90 minutes did I realise I had inserted them the wrong way, as you look at the base of the keyboard the positive (+) should be to the right. After that the green LED on the front stated flashing and charge began to happen. This was not a fast process in fact I left it overnight. Still on the back of the keyboard the two props that raise the keyboard are orange in colour and can give you around a centimetre of tilt to enable a more normal typing angle.
On the face all the keys are a normal black with white lettering apart from those that double for the numeric keypad and for some reason also the enter key the last mentioned also being orange.
The dongle that goes into a USB port on your PC or Notebook is tiny and only .5cm is left exposed. Inserting it when the keyboard is charged produces an auto install of drivers and the link is then make automatically, I tried it on three different machines all without problem.
Now onto the Penclic Quick Guide it is a multi-language offering with four sides to a language. For some reason they have chosen a grey print on white which I found hard to read even in good light.
You are warned when the keyboard is running short of power by an LED on the face, if you remember to slide a small slider switch on the rear when it is not being used it should last longer. A pull out micro USB to USB cable is supplied and this fits onto the back of the unit to charge. You can use alkaline (non rechargeable) batteries should you wish.
The one point I cannot gain is how this is meant to help stop RSI as I found the keypress almost as much as my standard keyboard. So for me it will save space but little else. It does however mean you can sit further away from your PC.
The Penclic Keyboard K2.00.UK-B is available from the link below for £54.99 with free delivery.
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