BTC Wireless Multimedia USB Keyboard with Dual Mode Joystick/Mouse
Posted by: Rchiilleea on: 11.10.2004 01:00:00 [ Print | 0 comment(s) ]
BTC 9019URF Wireless Multimedia USB Keyboard with Dual Mode Joystick/Mouse
Today’s review is a keyboard from BTC as you can probably see from the photo this keyboard is a bit different to the rest and houses that little something extra to most, this keyboard is wireless as well so lets get on with opening it up and see what we got.
Part-1 in the box
Lift the lid on the box and you are immediately faced with the keyboard itself you can clearly see the little (PS2 style) joystick Also in the box was the receiver, manual ,set of batteries and the driver CD, everything was secure and nothing was damaged.
As you can see from the photo above the keyboard also has handle like grips, as well as the joystick/Mouse control as well as your mouse buttons. Lets take a closer look at the joystick/Mouse controller an explain it
Well you can see it doubles up as a mouse as well as a joystick. This means one of two things for me. 1 it would as the name suggests be fun for gaming but for me its biggest attraction will be to HTPC owners why. Well it illuminates the need for a wireless mouse, buy that I mean why buy a keyboard and mouse for you HTPC when you can have it all in one. And its so simple to switch between joystick and mouse mode as well, just hold Fn+F11 four mouse function and Fn+F12 for joystick. That’s it a simple switch, the mouse function has full capabilities with scroll functions as well. Here is a closer look at the keyboard layout before I Plug it in.
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What’s the specs
As you can see this keyboard should do quite a bit, ok there’s no numpad but could you imagine trying to hold the handles and the keyboard if it was that wide. Didn’t think so!
On to the performance,
Installation was a trouble free affair before I even installed the drivers I had full functionality of the joystick/Mouse stick which quite surprised me. It took 3 minutes to install this and get everything up and running perfectly. What did amaze me was how quick I got used to the joystick side of the keyboard, need for speed underground was fun and a new experience on this and I ended up spending a few hours playing it. On other games it worked well to but I found best results were on Driving, sports and action games, there were some benefits on certain other games but I found it best on those mentioned already. All the other functions of the keyboard worked well, but I found the keyboard best suited to my HTPC setup as it enabled me to not only put the mouse away (one less set of batteries to charge) it enabled me to actually play a few games on my HTPC without plugging any joysticks in.NICE!
This was an excellent keyboard from BTC and I am glad they suggested I take a look at it instead of the keyboard I wanted too look at (Thanks). I have now dumped my wireless mouse and keyboard for my HTPC setup and now just use this keyboard and my remote. If you have a HTPC you will love this keyboard, I honestly thought it might be a bit gimmick like, but no I was wrong, I will just leave you with the thought that I dumped my wireless Logitech keyboard and mouse set to my main PC, as this serves more function and use for my HTPC than that set did. Ok it won’t win any looks awards but as I have said in reviews this is a minor point and doesn’t matter much. A great choice for HTPC owners as well as Normal PC use.
No need for mouse on HTPC setups
Actually works well in games
Good battery time
Ease of setup
No numpad( minor point considering the design)
Thanks to BTC for supplying the Keyboard
Reviewed By R.Bowzer