Keyboard veteran KeySonic has recently expanded its extensive range with a wireless mini keyboard that's big on versatility and small in stature. The KSK 3200RF offers a full Qwerty layout with a built-in numeric keypad, accessible via the Num Lock or Fn controls, and trackball mouse control, as well as the option to connect it directly via USB for wired operation or to charge the twin AAA batteries required if need be.
Setup is as simple as plugging in the wireless receiver, with options present to change channels if other competing equipment is within range.
A device this slim and compact - it measures 293x28x101mm and weighs 245g - would obviously raise concerns over usability, but we were pleasantly surprised by how responsive the keys are and how easy it is to type at a reasonable speed.
Something called X-type membrane is used here to allegedly provide silent strokes and tactile feedback. While we're not sure about the former claim, as it can make a bit of a noise when placed on a hard surface such as a desk, though it's quieter in a lap, we're certainly on board with responsive, tactile operation.
Mouse control is similarly effective and the fact that the trackball and selection keys are placed at the top corners makes it very nice to use when held in both hands. Cursor control is smooth, accurate and responsive and most users should have no trouble quickly navigating around a screen.
Of course it does take a little while to get used to the keyboard layout, and the fact that your fingers must remain quite tightly bunched together to achieve faster typing speeds means you won't be transcribing War and Peace any time soon, but that's not the 3200's intended use anyway.
Business settings where a user needs a little more control over a slideshow or presentation and home media control would be the most likely environments, and in these situations we think its works very well. Gaming is also cited, though in this case we can see people getting plenty frustrated at hitting the wrong keys in the heat of battle, so we wouldn't recommend it for this purpose. The 3200RF is wireless up to 10 metres and though we could only confirm operation at around a 7m distance from the receiver, this should still be plenty for most.
At £44, the 3200RF isn't exactly cheap, but as far as these wireless miniature keyboards go we think KeySonic has done a very nice job. It's solidly built, versatile and extremely usable, even if it will take a bit of practice before you're up to speed.
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