Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review :: Details and Functionality

05-08-2009 · Category: Hardware - Misc

By Doc Overclock

Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review

The Aurora Wireless Keyboard/Trackball mouse is very small and can fit on your lap without any problems, which is quite nice when you just want something that can control your HTPC without taking up space. My Logitech unit was large, a bit bulky and the mouse never seemed to work unless it had a straight angle to the HTPC, which BTW is a royal pain in the rear period. The Aurora is totally efficient for my media center and works no matter where I sit or what angle it is at. It pretty easy to type on just sitting in your lap and the laser trackball moves the mouse with the right hand, while your left hand controls the left/right click functions. This actually works out very ergonomically once you get used to how it feels in your hands, after just a few minutes I was sold on this aspect of the Aurora's design as it makes controlling your HTPC an easy task.


Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review

All the keys have a very bouncy and old school IBM feel to them and that is a great quality for those of you familiar with those types of keyboards as you sometimes find out older products are still better. The keys are pretty close to each other due to its small size factor, but this keyboard was not designed to write your next novel on, it's an ergonomic product in the sense that it is small and functions well. After all with your Media Center PC you mainly click and use the mouse and only occasionally do you use the keyboard to type in a web address or such as a media center is mainly for watching movies or TV shows of various formats. Here are seven hot keys available on the Aurora; you get the home key, and the email key, adjustable sound volume and the play/stop keys. All the sound controls are located at the top middle of the keyboard the mouse to the top right, and the click and scroll to the top left. The unit has an overall quality feel to it all around.


Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review

The Aurora is read by the HTPC via its USB receiver that must be plugged into your PCs USB port before the keyboard will be recognized by Windows Vista. To get the unit going you must first install two AA batteries into the keyboard to give it its power and then turn on the power switch on the backside of the unit before it gets seen by the computer. Absolutely no drivers were needed for the Aurora to be recognized in the Windows Vista Media Center environment. All of the hotkeys functioned within normal parameters and for Windows Vista users, which quite honestly is the only OS currently supporting all the key functions and features of the keyboard. I played C&C Red Alert 3 and the laser trackball handled the control features perfectly, then went on to chess and finally Sacred 2 and was impressed by the Aurora Wireless Mini worked. I moved the Wireless USSB controller to the back of my HTPC to see how it would handle the signal of the keyboard while not in a direct line to it (Something my Logitech could not do) and it still functioned flawlessly. There are more keys that work in unison beyond the hot keys, but only within the MCE program. You can see those options keys in the pictures below.


Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review
Aurora Micro Wireless Keyboard Review