Introduction, Specifications and Pricing
After what we have just seen while looking at the T120P mouse from Rapoo -well, let's just say our first get together did not go so smooth. With expectations at that time being pretty low, it was slightly disheartening to see that that mouse sort of floundered in a couple areas that were supposed to be selling points of the design. The nice thing about our job is that we know not to base a company or their reputation on just one product; whether it was a good experience or a bad one, we like to reserve judgment until we see more of their product lineup.
Along with the T120P, I was also shown a link to a very thin and compact keyboard that is both wireless, and offers a built-in Touchpad for your mouse needs. While this isn't the kind of keyboard that you want to write a term paper on, it is very handy for those who like to step away from the laptop and still have access. Or, since they also promote the fact that this keyboard has multimedia keys, being wireless and compact lends this to a perfect HTPC solution, because it provides a way to gain control of the home theater from across the room.
Today we are going to be taking a look at the E2700 wireless touchpad keyboard from Rapoo. While one of the major flaws of our initial experience was the driver "snafu," this product is designed to be driverless, and ready to fully function right out of the package. This also makes the E2700 very handy for swapping from device to device just by finding an available USB port for the dongle to receive what the keyboard is trying to show on the screen. With all of that in mind, I say we get right down to it, and dive into how this keyboard is built, and just how compact the design really is.
As far as specifications and features go, this short list is all that Rapoo provides. The naming alone covers features like its 2.4GHz wireless capability. It also touches on the multimedia buttons that run across the F-keys, and of course there is also a touchpad to recognize right hand gestures to scroll, left click, or right click. We can also see in the features list that this keyboard is a mere 5.6mm thick, and can be used from up to ten meters away. The last bit of information comments on the use of the scissor keys that offer smoother activation than the typical rubber dome based keyboards.
What the chart does not cover is that the E2700 comes in your choice of black or white (which we received for this review). They also do not offer the dimensions, which are ten inches from left to right, including the touchpad, and three and a quarter inches deep from front to back. While the claim is 5.6mm of thickness, that is without the raised rear section that leaves the back edge of the keyboard three quarters of an inch off the table. They also do not mention that this is driverless, but looking on the Rapoo website shows there is no driver available for this device.
One huge checkmark in the plus column would have to be the pricing. As we searched around, we found that the E2700 can be had for as little as $25, depending on where you shop. We also see instances, just like with the T120P, where some e-tailers are charging near double that for the same product, in black or in white, so don't just buy it at the first place you see it, unless it happens to be one of those places that are offering it at a smoking deal close to that $25 mark. At that price, there really is no way to go wrong with this E2700 Wireless Multimedia Touchpad keyboard.
PRICING: You can find the RAPOO E2700 WIRELESS MULTIMEDIA TOUCHPAD KEYBOARD (WHITE) for sale below. The prices listed are valid at the time of writing but can change at any time. Click the link to see the very latest pricing for the best deal.
United States: The RAPOO E2700 WIRELESS MULTIMEDIA TOUCHPAD KEYBOARD (WHITE) retails for $34.99 at Amazon, and the RAPOO E2700 WIRELESS MULTIMEDIA TOUCHPAD KEYBOARD (BLACK) retails for $44.99 at Amazon.
Canada: The RAPOO E2700 WIRELESS MULTIMEDIA TOUCHPAD KEYBOARD (BLACK) retails for CDN$44.99 at Amazon Canada.