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Gigabyte GK-5UW Wireless Keyboard and Optical Mouse
By Zachary Chan
Category : Input Devices
Published by Vijay Anand on Monday, 11th October, 2004
Rating : 3.5 out of 5 stars  


Introduction

As the world strives to achieve a 'paperless' environment, similarly the computing populace in general has been seeking a 'wireless' environment. We know very well that even a simple setup can amass a glaring disarray of cords and cables. Not only are the cables unsightly, but it also provokes a feeling of being tethered down. How many times has the length of the cable been a criterion when you purchase a PC peripheral just so you can have slightly more reach? Thus the rush to go wireless is on. With wireless technology, we can finally take a step to do away with the clutter and achieve greater mobility and freedom of movement.

Wireless technology for peripherals like keyboards and mice is not really new. The earliest adoption was based on Infrared. While these devices were basically 'must-have' gadgets for the techie, they were premium priced and were not able to perform well when compared to their corded kin. Wireless technology has evolved with later generations of products based on RF (Radio Frequency) technology and more recently Bluetooth as well. However, it was not until 2-3 years ago that cordless peripherals begun to be widely available in the market.

As a testament to that, we recently received the GK-5UW, a RF wireless keyboard and optical mouse solution by Gigabyte Technology. That’s right, even Gigabyte is jumping on the bandwagon and the GK-5UW is one of their initial products. The others being GM-W6C and GM-W7C RF mice (of which, the GM-W6C was recently reviewed here favorably).

The Gigabyte GK-5UW RF wireless keyboard and optical mouse

Gigabyte GK-5UW Technical Specifications
Wireless Specification
  • 27.045Mhz
Keyboard
  • Key Layout : Standard 104-Key (US)
  • Keyboard Dimension : 473.2(L) x 190(W) x41.3(H) mm
  • Palm Rest Dimension : 470(L) x 94.5(W) x 25(H) mm
  • Palm Rest Latch Force : 3 kg
  • Effective Distance : 1.8 m
  • Operating Current : 7 mA
  • Input Power : 3V DC (2 x AAA)
  • Battery Life : 2-3 months
  • Additional : 12 Media Hot-Keys
Mouse
  • Type : 3 Button w/ scroll wheel
  • Resolution : 800 dpi Optical
  • Mouse Dimension : 120(L) x 60(W) x 34(H) mm
  • Effective Distance : 1.8m effective distance
  • Operating Current : 35 mA (moving om white surface)
  • Input Power : 3V DC (2 x AA)
  • Battery Life : 1 month
Receiver
  • Receiver Dimension : 90(L) x 82(W) x 34(H) mm
  • Cable Length : 1500 mm
  • Connector : USB
  • Input Power : 5V DC

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