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Summary:

A review of the iPazzPort wireless trackpad and keyboard shows the utility such a peripheral can bring to a media center. It can also be used with those slates beginning to appear that lack a physical keyboard. The wireless connectivity can work with Windows and Macs.

Wireless Trackpad

Wireless peripherals can be useful tools in the bag, if they are well executed and fit a need. Portable trackpads are not new, and it’s rare to see one that is well designed and provides utility for users. One such gadget has been reviewed by Red at TRFJ, and overall he seems to like it. The iPazzPort combines a trackpad and thumb keyboard into a pocketable package, and it connects via a wireless dongle to either Windows or OS X computers.

What would you use such a gadget for? As Red points out, the iPazzPort can be used with a media center for easy control of the system while sitting in front of the big screen. I can also see one of these adding value to slate devices for those who don’t like on-screen keyboards. The thumb keyboard looks like a decent entry device for those who like such things. I could also see this used as a remote control for giving presentations. Not too bad for $40.

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  1. I bought one awhile back and I like it pretty well. It works as advertised and is pretty cool, too.

    The only real issue I have is that the touch pad has no scroll section. In order to scroll on a window, you have to move the mouse pointer to the scroll bar, and then, while holding the left button, run your finger down the touch pad.

    In this day and age where it is standard for touch pads to have a scroll section, this is an odd thing not for the iPazzPort to have.

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    1. For scrolling, what I do is double click with the touch pad except I “hold” the touch pad on the second click, and then scroll around. Even easier (if the site allows it), I just click on the screen and use the arrow keys to go up and down the page.

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  2. Perry, true about the scroll. i saw one somewhere on the internet that featured a scroll bar. Probably a demo or something. it seems to make sense, so I wouldn’t doubt it is to come in the future. they’ve updated their website recently with a new product called the iNavigator (www.unisen-usa.com). Not avail. until March, but I think I’ll preorder one to play with.
    Reg

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    1. I have an eval unit of the iNavigator on the way. I’ll cover it here for sure.

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      1. Hey Jake,

        Have you come around to reviewing that eval unit yet? Thanks for the good work!

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      2. It’s not here yet. And it’s James. :)

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      3. Oops. My apologies!

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      4. No worries. BTW, the unit just arrived late today.

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      5. Hey James,

        Have you gotten around to the iNavigator?

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    2. Not yet but soon, I promise.

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      1. Cool, thanks. I look forward to it.

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