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May as well have a cabled version for all the range it has.
on 10 January 2016
I will try to temper my review against the price I paid for this and that my expectations were low to start with...
However, in use this device proves to be infuriating. I use it on an Intel NUC which serves as my Kodi HTPC. The majority of the time I just require a basic remote, but occasionally I need a full keyboard and mouse to perform some level of admin on the OS.
Thus, this seemed like a great solution, small enough to be be a simple remote with enough features to handle a bit of sys-admin.
I'll start with the good - they layout is good and everything you need is there and in a fairly sensible location. It needs no drivers to work, the battery lasts ages and the keyboard supports key roll-over so you can CTRL-ALT-DEL etc (I had my doubts it would handle that).
On the bad side - well, the build is Xmas cracker quality. I realise this is not a premium device, but it feels horrible to use. Imagine a children's toy from a pound shop and you're on the right track.
Its main failing however is range. Sadly for me it is simply not useable at a distance of more than a 3ft from the PC, any further than this and it breaks down to a stuttering mess of missed keypresses and jerky mouse movement. I'll concede that every setup is slightly different and others may have better results so I'd recommend consulting a number of reviews. However, in my case with the PC in line of sight on a shelf next to the TV, I have to stand in arms reach for it to work semi reliably.
By contrast I was previously using a Logitech K400 which worked from anywhere in the room, the only downside to that being it's size.
The little TeckNet will be retired from use in my household as I have limited patience these days. I will likely donate it to one of my engineers at work as at least they can use it in place of full size keyboards when out in the field.
I'll be going back to the K400 for HTPC use.