Verbatim Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard and Mouse Price: $44.99 Rating: Recommend Desk space is almost always at a premium. It's not just the size of the desk that dictates the space, but what's on it as well, which is why Verbatim's Mini Wireless Slim Keyboard and Mouse are good for the clutter prone or cramped for space. We were able to test this model at home, at work and on the go.
The Mini Keyboard and Mouse are billed as perfect space savers for your actual desktop. They are certainly smaller than most keyboards and do a great job at home and at work, as well as on tiny tables in cafes.
Design The piano black finish of the Minis is sleek, but also prone to fingerprints and smudges. We found that this didn't bother us too heavily, but other materials or a matte finish would easily solve this. The setup works on both Mac and PC, but the keyboard is mapped for the PCs, and that's where we saw it work best. Verbatim says it used laptop keyboards as a model, which becomes apparent with the netbook-like software that replaces indicator lights with on-screen ones to save space. The nano wireless receiver is one of the best parts of the kit as it neatly fits into a laptop and doesn't block other cords or even need to be taken out.
Setup The setup on the mouse and keyboard was very quick. Even without installing the software (which does provide some nice features) we were able to plug-and-play with multiple Macs and PCs. The only complaint we had in this department is the batteries. They setup requires 4 AAAs total, and while there are still tons of keyboards using old-school batteries, lithium ion would have been a nice touch.
Use The slimboard's keys are responsive and quick with no lag, just as promised. Ergonomically the keyboard does have a good tilt, a welcome addition for those used to flat-er laptop keyboards. The mouse is also comfortable in the hand despite its size, though the click feels thin and somewhat cheap in comparison to other mice. The mouse reception was great on all kinds of surfaces. It's a red laser, so no glass, but otherwise it was extremely responsive. The media console features of the keyboard were also a nice addition considering the devices aim to save space and these could easily be cut. All in all you get a good amount for the price Pros
- Finish prone to smudges
- AAA batteries