IOGEAR drops two new wireless keyboards, one with Bluetooth

IOGEAR has just revealed one wireless keyboard to rule them all, and it's aptly (albeit not creatively) named the Multi-Link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad, or GKM611B for short. While the device's name is unwieldy, it does have quite a few slick features, particularly the ability to mate with six separate Bluetooth devices up to 30 feet away, customizable hotkeys, and a relatively svelte curb weight of 1.9 pounds. In the redheaded-stepchild department (though nothing against stepchildren, or redheads for that matter), the company also debuted the new 2.4GHz Wireless Compact Keyboard (aka GKM681R), which we feel safe to say got its moniker courtesy of a diminutive 10.25 x 4.4 x 1-inch profile. In spite of the bantam size, the 'board packs an optical trackball and 16 dedicated hotkeys. For those in the market for such things, the Bluetooth model goes on sale in late Q1 for $79.95, and the 2.4GHz offering will cost just $59.99, which is quite a bit cheaper than the ouftit's other compact keyboards.

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Manage Input for Six Devices with IOGEAR Multi-Link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad

IOGEAR's Multi-link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad (GKM611B) can wirelessly switch between six Bluetooth enabled devices, providing convenient management of HTPCs, gaming consoles, smart phones and more.

Las Vegas, NV – International CES 2011 – January 6-9 – Central Hall #13427 – Continuing their pursuit of connectivity through convergence, IOGEAR today introduced the Multi-Link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad (GKM611B) for wireless management of up to six Bluetooth enabled devices. Data input for social media, gaming or even board rooms has reached a new level.

Entertainment, productivity and communication blend more seamlessly with a single data input device. Bluetooth 2.0 technology in the GKM611B provides a 30-foot radius of operability allowing the IOGEAR™ Multi-Link Keyboard to go from couch to kitchen table or conference room to office, switching between different devices with ease.

Once a user switches to the desired Bluetooth-enabled device, custom hotkeys provide even greater convenience with push-button access and management of: My TV, videos, pictures, music, Internet browser, volume control and more. An Integrated touch pad with left and right mouse buttons adds additional flexibility since users are not required to keep a separate mouse in tow when switching between devices.

Complementing the functionality is an ultra-slim and low profile design that allows users to type with style and comfort from any angle in the room. Ergonomically designed for many different laps and surfaces, the GKM611B also features a slip resistant base, two AA batteries and weighs only 1.90 lbs for painless toting.

"Wireless keyboards are appealing because users aren't tethered to a machine while operating," states Bill Nguyen, senior marketing manager for IOGEAR. "Our new multi-link Bluetooth keyboard offers this same comfort for six separate devices, providing freedom to move around or stay seated while staying connected."

IOGEAR's Multi-Link Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad will be shipping late in Q1, 2011.

MSRP of the GKM611B is $79.95.


IOGEAR's 2.4GHZ Wireless Compact Keyboards is the Ideal Solution for the Digital Living Room

From the comfort of the couch, HTPC fans can navigate PC-to-TV content, interact with game consoles and access online content with the touch of a button.

Las Vegas, NV – International CES 2011 – January 6-9 – Central Hall #13427 – As any Home Theater PC fan knows, inputting commands via a wireless remote on your TV is a hassle, yet giving up space in your living room to a wired keyboard is not a welcome option either. The new IOGEAR™ 2.4GHz Wireless Compact Keyboard (GKM681R) now gives you the power of wireless connectivity that can also be stashed away in a side table drawer when not is use.

The 10-inch keyboard with built-in optical trackball, left/right buttons and scroll wheel allows you to work and play up to 33 feet away from your Home Theater PC, Media Server, computer or laptop, even the latest game consoles. The GKM681R keyboard is a convenient way to drive the PC to TV content you want, when and how you want it. Access and manage videos, photos, movies and online content on a TV screen from the comfort of your favorite seat in the house.

With 16 multimedia hotkeys (shortcuts) at the top of each keyboard for a quick transition between Internet Browsers, email, Media Player, volume control and more, the conveniently placed buttons and optical trackball provide simple and precise singlehanded navigation. Set-up is as simple as plugging the included USB RF receiver into your computer's USB port. With an ergonomic design and just 10.25 inches long, 4.4 inches wide and 1 inch high; the ultra thin, lightweight, and stylish black keyboard offers comfort wherever you type.

The GKM681R keyboard will ship in Q1 2011 with a MSRP of $59.99