IOGEAR Releases Bluetooth-Enabled HTPC Keyboard

A keyboard is a keyboard, right? Not at all. We tend to favor mechanical keyboards for gaming, backlit keyboards on our notebooks, and keyboards with integrated trackpads for use with our HTPC setups. IOGEAR has a long history of providing keyboards for that last application, and they're keeping the trend alive in the new year. The company has just launched a new keyboard, the Multi-Link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad (GKM611B) for wireless management of up to six Bluetooth enabled devices. Yep, a Bluetooth keyboard, optimized for HTPC use.

The idea here is that the keyboard can connect to up to six devices, so you could control your HTPC at one moment, then take it into the den and control another device, and on and on. The touchpad with left/right click buttons means that no extra mouse is needed; this is a huge plus when on a sofa, considering that there's no great place to put a mouse pad. This keyboard also has a slip-resistant base, and is powered by two AA batteries. It's expected to ship in Q1 for $79.95.

Manage Input for Six Devices with IOGEAR Multi-Link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad

IOGEAR's Multi-link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad (GKM611B) can wirelessly switch between six Bluetooth enabled devices, providing convenient management of HTPCs, gaming consoles, smart phones and more.

Las Vegas, NV – International CES 2011 – January 6-9 – Central Hall #13427 – Continuing their pursuit of connectivity through convergence, IOGEAR today introduced the Multi-Link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad (GKM611B) for wireless management of up to six Bluetooth enabled devices. Data input for social media, gaming or even board rooms has reached a new level.

Entertainment, productivity and communication blend more seamlessly with a single data input device. Bluetooth 2.0 technology in the GKM611B provides a 30-foot radius of operability allowing the IOGEAR™ Multi-Link Keyboard to go from couch to kitchen table or conference room to office, switching between different devices with ease.

Once a user switches to the desired Bluetooth-enabled device, custom hotkeys provide even greater convenience with push-button access and management of: My TV, videos, pictures, music, Internet browser, volume control and more. An Integrated touch pad with left and right mouse buttons adds additional flexibility since users are not required to keep a separate mouse in tow when switching between devices.

Complementing the functionality is an ultra-slim and low profile design that allows users to type with style and comfort from any angle in the room. Ergonomically designed for many different laps and surfaces, the GKM611B also features a slip resistant base, two AA batteries and weighs only 1.90 lbs for painless toting.

"Wireless keyboards are appealing because users aren't tethered to a machine while operating," states Bill Nguyen, senior marketing manager for IOGEAR. "Our new multi-link Bluetooth keyboard offers this same comfort for six separate devices, providing freedom to move around or stay seated while staying connected."

IOGEAR's Multi-Link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad will be shipping late in Q1, 2011.

MSRP of the GKM611B is $79.95.