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Koribo "Leira" Wireless Keyboard

Koribo is a company that believes computers should be fun in all settings and to this end have a range of wireless components designed with style and extended functionality in mind. Today we are looking at the Koribo Leira, a wireless keyboard with a 10m range that has a built in multitouch mouse pad.

 

Manufacturer's specifications are as folows:

Working Range
10 meter effective working range including transmission through walls - 15m / 50ft in open space.
Batteries
Requires 2 x AA batteries for approx. 3 months use.
Sleep feature extends battery life.
Low battery light indicator.
Media Center and Other Hot Keys
Media Center Launch, Close, WWW, My TV, My Video, My Picture, My Music, Live TV, Channel Up, Channel Down, Volume Up, Volume Down, Mute, Pre-Track, Next-Track (Skip), Play, Record, Pause, Stop, Fast Forward (FWD), Fast Backward.
Mouse
Multi-touch Touchpad, 400 DPI – same as in most laptops.
Cursor control at your finger tips: 
  • Tap 1 finger: Left button click
  • Tap 2 fingers: Middle button click (great for scrolling pages, just like with Mac)
  • Tap 3 fingers: Right button click
Also, two sets of built-in mouse and scroll keys on both sides.
Supported OS
Built-in Media Center©  hot key for use with Vista Media Center and Windows 7 Media Center. Supports Windows 2000 and later. Other operating systems may be supported as well as HID (Human Interface Device).
Linux (except for Windows hot keys).
Technology
2.4 GHz radio frequency, 4 Channels with 16 bits, 65536 IDs per channel.
10,000,000 cycles per key with less than 10msec bounce time.
 

The multi-touch functions will be familiar to those with the same features on their laptops and notebooks..

 

The Leira comes in nice retail packaging. This is important for shoppers in a big store to know exctly what they will get and to increase chances of impulse purchases. Internet shoppers tend to know exactly what they want so would be happy with OEM packaging.

 

Detailed descriptions on the back do a good job of marketing key features and higlighting a few that the reader may not be aware of.

 

As well as the usuall shortcut keys along the top we have a cluster of media keys to the left, a scroll wheel and a low battery indicator. The multi-touch sensor works as well as any similar device on a premium laptop and with a bit of practice can be combined with the scroll wheel to really speed things up.

 

A close-up of the pad shows that it is actually larger than that on most laptops. The keys have a nice sturdy feel to them and there is good tactile feedback. Overall, this is a high quality keyboard for sustained typing.

 

The shape of the back may seem odd at first until you place the keyboard on your lap and then it makes a nice cosy fit without the tendency of most keyboards to slip around.

 

The Leira's receiver is quite large by modern standards and it would have been nice to have a space in the battery compartment to store it. Functionally it works well at the maximum 28 feet we have to test it with and also indirectly so line of sight is not required.

 

So how does the Leira perform?

Installation is easy with no extra software required or provided. All the functionality is detected when the USB receiver is inserted for the first time. Whether on a desk or on a lap, the platform is stable and can be moved out of the way when not required to utilise desk space for other things.

When space is at a premium or the hassle of a separate mouse is not wanted, the Leira fits the bill perfectly. We can sit back and watch a Blu-Ray on our HTPC using the Leira and then surf the net without having to get up from the sofa. Given the length of the receiver we used a USB extension lead to connect to a back socket with the receiver just down the side of the HTPC. That way it wasn't visible but still worked fine.

Looking quite trendy next to a monitor, or tucked under it out of the way, the Leira is in a class of product comparable to the top end of Logitech's range (no Logitech keyboard has a built-in mouse pad though).

As a replacement wireless desktop the Leira is quite capable and true to the aims of Koribo to make computing more stylish. Those concerned with aesthetics as well as good functionality might want to give it some serious consideration.

If your local distributor doesn't stock the Leira then the Koribo website offers alternative options.

 

 

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