IOGEAR Reveals Two New Keyboards For HTPC Use

It's something that we take for granted, but without it, there's no computing to speak of. It's the grand ole keyboard, and if you need a new one, IOGEAR has two new ones to choose from. The company has introduced today two new 2.4GHz wireless keyboards, complete with an optical trackball, scroll wheel and convenient hotkeys.

The first is the GKM571R palm-sized keyboard with a LED backlight, while the GKM581R is the larger of the two, and it's designed for on-lap usage, possible at a couch with your HTPC. Both of 'em work from up to 33 feet away, and the company's marketing these towards media PC users or those who have PCs in unusual situations away from the desk. The optical trackball that's built-in has 400, 800 or 1200 DPI selections for scrolling directly from the keyboard. MSRP of the GKM571R is $99.95, and MSRP of the GKM581R is $89.95 -- both units will ship later this year.

IOGEAR’s 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboards Enable Comfy and Mobile Home Multimedia Navigation
An optical trackball, scroll wheel and convenient hotkeys make content management a breeze for IOGEAR’s two CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award Honorees.

FOOTHILL RANCH, Calif. – November 11, 2010 – Continuing its pursuit of convergence through connectivity, IOGEAR today introduced two 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboards with built-in mouse functionality. Designed to accommodate different end users, the GKM571R is a palm-sized keyboard with LED backlight ideal for mobile content management in light or dark rooms. The GKM581R model is larger in form and ergonomically designed for on-lap productivity.

IOGEAR is also pleased to announce that both wireless keyboards are CES Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award Honorees in the category of Home Theater Accessories by the Consumer Electronics Association (CEA®).

Engineered for ergonomics, aesthetics and mobility, IOGEAR’s 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboards with Optical Trackball and Scroll Wheel provide a comfortable solution for managing multimedia content up to 33 feet away, whether stationary or on the move. Media servers, home theater PCs or HDTV set ups can all be managed from lap or hand, no matter which direction a user is facing.  

Integrating full mouse functionality was pivotal to IOGEAR so both keyboards feature built-in left and right mouse buttons and an optical trackball with 400, 800 or 1200 DPI selections for scrolling directly from the keyboard. To further ease navigation, there are  multimedia shortcuts (hotkeys) at the top of each keyboard for a quick transition between Internet Browsers, email, Media Player, volume control and more.

Using the human form as a model, IOGEAR’s GKM581R all-in-one keyboard is designed with a slip resistant rubber bottom and contoured form to sit comfortably on laps of all shapes and sizes, eliminating awkward leaning and unnatural contorting. The wireless keyboard serves as an ideal productivity solution for PC to TV setups, as well as media center applications and game consoles like the PS3™ and Xbox 360.

Designed to fit comfortably in one hand, the GKM571R mini wireless keyboard is more compact and ideal for mobile content management in the home. An added feature is the LED backlight that allows for use in a dark room with the benefit of an auto on/off control for battery saving. The hand-held model also has an auto on/off lid that provides protection for the keyboard.

"By simply plugging in the included USB RF receiver, our 2.4GHz Wireless On-Lap Keyboard enables consumers to instantly navigate their preferred multimedia content from the comfort of their couch," states Bill Nguyen, director of marketing for IOGEAR. "With advanced ergonomic design and 2.4GHz technology, this keyboard is the optimal solution for enhancing any home entertainment setup. We are proud that CEA has recognized IOGEAR’s contribution to the growing home theater accessories segment."

IOGEAR’s 2.4GHz Wireless Keyboards will be shipping late in Q4, 2010.

MSRP of the GKM571R is $99.95. MSRP of the GKM581R is $89.95.
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