Welcome to my updated review of the iPazzPort Mini Wireless Keyboard.
I hate remote controls
No seriously. Unless it’s a Harmony Remote with a full-color screen that does everything I want – including making me dinner – I’d rather slit my wrists than use a cheap, standard remote control. It’s gotten to the point that whenever I buy a new piece of technology, the first thing I do is upgrade the remote control. Sometimes the upgrade isn’t even a remote at all. Especially for Android TV boxes. As much as manufacturers would like us to believe that we can get the most out of our Android TV boxes with a D-pad remote control, it just isn’t going to happen. Remote controls are designed for flipping through channels, not surfing the web, or sending texts or emails.
For that, you need a keyboard.
The iPazzPort Mini Overview
iPazzPort has developed an entire line of mini keyboards, touch pen mice, and other cool gadgets designed to help get the most out of your PC or Android device. A fan favorite for the Android crowd is the iPazzPort mini.
The iPazzPort mini wireless keyboard takes a wireless keyboard and touchpad combination and shrinks it down to the size of a standard remote control. At just under six inches long, this remote control is only slightly bigger than my Nexus 5 phone. It takes two AAA batteries and connects via RF to a USB connector – meaning the range is about 5-10 feet, depending on how much interference is in your area. It’s worth noting that iPazzPort also makes a Bluetooth version, which will up that range to 30 feet.
As you can see in the picture, the touchpad is only slightly bigger than my thumb. If you hold the keyboard horizontally, you can type out an email or enter a web URL easily – much better than clicking around the screen using a D-pad. If you don’t need the keyboard, simply flip the device and use the touchpad with your thumb. The device won’t sense which way it’s pointed, so you’ll have to adjust on your own.
The keys are surprisingly solid for a sub$20 device. They are made with a solid rubber that gives a satisfying “click” when pressed. All in all, it reminds me of the old LG Env QWERTY phone. For a cellphone, that’s not a good thing. For a keyboard, though, it’s pretty good.
My personal opinion!!!
- Compact and Portable: The iPazzPort Mini Wireless Keyboard is small and lightweight, making it highly portable and convenient for travel or use in small spaces.
- Wireless Connectivity: It connects to devices wirelessly, typically using Bluetooth or a USB receiver, providing freedom of movement and eliminating the need for cumbersome cables.
- Multifunctional: Many models come with a touchpad or built-in mouse, enabling easy navigation and control of devices like smart TVs, media players, and computers.
- Backlit Options: Some versions offer backlighting, which is useful for typing in low-light conditions or dark rooms.
- Compatibility: It’s often compatible with a variety of operating systems and devices, including Android, Windows, iOS, and smart TVs.
- Small Keys: The compact size can lead to smaller keys, which might not be as comfortable for extended typing sessions, especially for those with larger hands.
- Limited Key Layout: The layout of some mini keyboards might differ from a standard keyboard, which could take some time to get used to.
- Battery Life: Battery life can vary between models, and you may need to recharge or replace batteries more frequently compared to full-sized keyboards.
- Less Ergonomic: The small size and compact design can be less ergonomic than full-sized keyboards, potentially leading to discomfort during prolonged use.
- Touchpad Sensitivity: Some users may find that the touchpad’s sensitivity varies between models, and it might take time to adjust to the specific touchpad behavior.
The iPazzPort Mini is one of those “”just right” devices. It’s much better than the standard remotes that ship with most devices, and much smaller than a full-size keyboard. If you want more functionality, but don’t think that a big HTPC keyboard will look good next to your living room couch, take a look at the iPazzPort.