Catering for living-room PC users, the Sandberg Mini Touchpad Keyboard wireless keyboard features a built-in laptop-style touchpad, so you can control the cursor from the comfort of your sofa.

Catering for living-room PC users, the Sandberg Mini Touchpad Keyboard wireless keyboard features a built-in laptop-style touchpad, so you can control the cursor from the comfort of your sofa.

The touchpad is on the small side – it’s 2in diagonally – and somewhat sluggish in use. It provides the comparative luxury of two-finger scrolling, in a nod to the more sophisticated offerings of MacBooks and their imitators. There are two mouse buttons beneath it, and these are quite small too; they’re also sufficiently flush to the Sandberg Mini Touchpad Keyboard’s surface that your fingers won’t find them easily.

Typing is a struggle, as is often the case on portable keyboards. The Sandberg Mini Touchpad Keyboard's keys are small and have almost no space between them, and their action feels plasticky and cheap. The layout is also hard work to get used to. But heavy media-centre use is unlikely to involve much typing. It had better not, anyway.

The Sandberg Mini Touchpad Keyboard has a sensible, decent look - with low-key black-and-silver styling and function labels picked out in an attractive blue – and the build quality feels reliable, despite a faint rattle. The overall impression is of a solid budget unit.

The problem is that the Sandberg Mini Touchpad Keyboard really isn’t a budget unit at all, with a burly price tag of £60. (By comparison, the limited but broadly similar KeySonic ACK-340 RF+ comes in at just £38.) And, taking the disappointing touchpad action into account, we’re not convinced it justifies that kind of expense.

Sandberg Mini Touchpad Keyboard: Specs

  • Wireless keyboard
  • USB 2.0 2.4GHz receiver
  • wireless range 10m
  • 2 x AAA batteries (included)
  • compatible with Sony PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games consoles
  • 280x111x18mm
  • 292g (including batteries)
  • Wireless keyboard
  • USB 2.0 2.4GHz receiver
  • wireless range 10m
  • 2 x AAA batteries (included)
  • compatible with Sony PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games consoles
  • 280x111x18mm
  • 292g (including batteries)

OUR VERDICT

The Sandberg Mini Touchpad Keyboard looks good and has generally high build quality. Typing is a non-starter, but that’s hardly a hanging offence for a media-centre accessory; we’re more worried by the action of the touchpad – a nice selling point spoiled by poor execution – and the excessive price.

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