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Hands-On With The Unisen Handheld Keyboard & Mouse Touchpad

Unisen Handheld Keyboard & Mouse Touchpad (Image property of OhGizmo!)
By Andrew Liszewski

How often have you come across a gadget that was only available as an import item and thought to yourself, “hey! I could really use that, but the website selling it looks a bit sketchy and how do I even know it will work as well as they claim it does, if at all?” Such was the case with the Compact Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad we brought you a few weeks ago. A friend of mine thought the same thing when he first saw it, but since it was the exact thing he needed for his HTPC he decided $40 wasn’t that big of a loss if the thing was a total piece of crap, but it turns out it isn’t.


I had a chance to play with it this past weekend, and for the most part it works rather well. It’s a bit larger than even a classic Blackberry, but it’s quite thin (as you can see below) and it’s remarkably light. The keypad has a good tactile feel to it, though the keys could be a bit easier to press, and the touchpad is as responsive as one you’d find on a laptop. There’s also an orange backlight that makes all of the keys and their labels clearly visible even with no lights on, though the secret to turning it off, without power cycling the touchpad, remains a mystery.

Unisen Handheld Keyboard & Mouse Touchpad (Image property of OhGizmo!)

On the bottom edge there’s a mini USB port which is used for charging its internal battery, as well as an on/off slider for preserving battery life when it’s not in use.

Unisen Handheld Keyboard & Mouse Touchpad (Image property of OhGizmo!)

And across the top there’s a series of blue LEDs used to indicate various functions from battery life to connection status.

Now I won’t say this is the perfect solution for everyone’s HTPC setup, since doing things like typing out an email could get a bit tedious on its cramped keypad, but as a compact alternative to a mouse and full-sized keyboard sitting on your lap it’s really not a bad solution for just $40. Oh and I know they claim it will also work with the Xbox 360, the PS3 and the Wii, but I never had a chance to test that functionality out, so I still remain skeptical about that.

Thanks Derrick!

[ Unisen Handheld Keyboard & Mouse Touchpad ]








  • acetheI

    Too bad it's so ugly.

  • lobosolo

    im still waiting for mine to arrive. i see it went through hong kong and into new york, now it just has to make it to Iowa…. it seems to be taking forever. i cant wait to try this on my mythtv box.

  • BobTWC

    I took the plunge after seeing the first article. It did take awhile to get to me in Ohio, but I was very happy with the fact that the seller kept me informed on when they received payment and when they sent it. Having access to my HTPC from the couch without a bulky wireless keyboard, and while having the normal keyboard and mouse still working is pure bliss.

    I only have found a few downsides so far. The back-light only seems to turn itself off after a period of non-use, or by cycling the power as stated in the article. This isn't too big a deal, because I haven't had need for the back-light much. The power switch feels a bit chinsy, but so far is working fine. The two other things that bug me are the lack of a tab key, and the lack of a scroll feature on the touch-pad, but for the most part I am very happy with it's performance.

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