Adesso's SlimTouch Bluetooth Keyboard Is An HTPC Lover's Dream

By and large, any 'ole keyboard will do for working in a traditional desktop environment. If it's got the right QWERTY layout and a numeric keypad, you're set. But what about those awkward situations where having a full size keyboard and mouse tandem just don't make sense--say, when using a living room PC/HTPC? Enter Adesso, an accessories company that has been clearing the way for living room PC use for years now.

The WKB-4000BB, or the "SlimTouch Bluetooth Keyboard" as it is less formally known, is a perfect device for those in search of something to control their HTPC. It's thin, it's compact and it even boasts a built-in trackpad so you can kiss that "where do I sit my mouse?" issue goodbye. There's integrated support for Windows XP, Vista and 7, so as long as Microsoft is behind your rig, you can count on this working right out of the box.

It's small enough to be shoved in a briefcase for use in travel presentations, and the internal Bluetooth module means that no USB dongle is needed on the other end; so long as the machine you're working with supports BT, you're golden. The only sticking point is the relatively high $129.99 price tag, but just think of the headaches you'll sidestep if you bring this thing into your life.

The WKB-4000BB features the following:

    • Bluetooth wireless technology, permitting users to work with no space, distance or angle constraints
    • Low profile scissor-switch keys, providing a quiet typing experience
    • Built-in touchpad, eliminating the need for a mouse
    • ON/OFF switch, saving battery life
    • Quick Connect button, enabling users to synchronize their PC with the click of a button
    • Connection: Bluetooth™ 2.0
    • Bluetooth Range Distance: Up to 100 Feet
    • Security Encryption: 128 bits
    • Keyboard Dimensions: 11.75" x 8.25" x 0.8 "
    • Weight: 1.25 lbs
    • Number of Keycaps: 87
    • Keyboard Technology: Scissor Switch
    • Touchpad Dimensions: 3.0" x 1.75"
    • Mouse Function: GlidePoint Touchpad with two Buttons
    • USB Bluetooth™ Receiver Dimensions: 0.86" x 0.59" x 0.28"
    • Bluetooth™ Receiver: Available
    • Power Switch: Available
    • Auto Connect Button: Available
    • Magnetic Receiver Holder: Available
    • 2 LED lights for Battery Low and Bluetooth Connectivity
    • Switch Life: 5 Million Cycles
    • Switch Travel: 3.0+/- 0.3mm
    • Includes 2 AAA Battery