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Typing in the Dark with Auravision and Zippy

By: Julian Shapiro | Editorials in Peripherals | Posted: Oct 30, 2003 5:00 am

Zippy's EL-610


Upon receiving the Zippy EL-610, I immediately took a few pictures and then opened the package. Once again, I was met with the 'wow' effect, but this time for another reason…


The EL-610 is nearly half the size of the eluminX!


While the EL-610 is stylish and sleek-looking, it feels a great deal cheaper than the eluminX.




The keys on the EL-610, unlike the eluminX, are completely opaque. The backlight shines through the spaces of the keys; as a result the keys appear brighter.


Zippy's EL-610 includes three onboard buttons, all of which are very useful.


- Light on/off apparently allows you to manually turn on/off the backlight feature (a necessity the eluminX is lacking)


- Sleep will make your computer do just that (or hibernation mode, depending on your computer's settings)


- Power will no doubt shut down your computer.


While the latter may seem the most useful (a one-touch solution!), it consequently creates a considerable CAUTION. One accidental finger slip or a wrong push of a button will immediately turn off your computer, forcing it to close any running programs and processes. I learnt this the hard way and lost an entire page of writing in Microsoft Word.


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