At a Glance
The Good: three-in-one functionality, lightweight but durable
The Bad: mouse track pad a bit small
Windows Media Center
The LuxeMate T810 Media Cruiser is set up so that the keyboard is flanked by the volume and track controls on the left, and the mouse and folder controls are on the right. The Windows Start icon is located on the bottom right of the device, and pressing this and holding it down for a second brings you to the Windows Media Center. (There was occasionally a brief pause while the application started up.)
Windows Media Center is a Microsoft platform that is intended to simplify and organize videos, music and photos. While the LuxeMate T810 Media Cruiser is designed for use with Windows XP or Windows Vista, I tested it using my Windows 7 laptop and ran into no functionality issues.
The entire device measures about 17.5 inches long by 5.75 inches wide by 1.25 inches at its thickest point. It's fairly lightweight but still has a bit of heft to it. The keyboard portion is separated from the left and right control bars by a thick layer of clear plastic. While it's perhaps not the most fashionable design aesthetic, it does feel solid and as though it could withstand a few drops from the couch.
This is a wireless device, and it comes with a 2.4GHz dongle that plugs into a USB port. Although USB receiver placeholders are usually high on my request list when it comes to wireless peripherals, the LuxeMate T810 is clearly not a travel device.
As stated above, the keyboard segment has 88 keys, so it's really just lacking the side number pad. Although most of the keys are full-sized, they are placed with very little spacing between each one, so typing long passages can be a tad cramped. Since the LuxeMate T810 is not meant for office use, it's perfectly fine for browser and web searches. Those with smaller hands (such as yours truly) should have no trouble typing emails as well. The keys are a bit springy (and a bit loud), and I had no response issues while using them.
The mouse is actually a very tiny round track pad measuring about half an inch long. It's clearly designed to be used with the right thumb, although I do wonder why Genius didn't make it just a little larger. There is certainly the space for it on the right-hand control bar. While it was adequate for use on my 17-inch laptop screen, I do wonder if it a larger pad would be appreciated for those who use Windows Media Center on their televisions.
To encourage two-handed use of the device, Genius placed left- and right-click buttons on the opposite control bar. (Pressing the track pad itself also acts as a left-click.)
The volume and track controls keys are placed below the mouse buttons on the left control bar. These are certainly large enough, and once a bit of practice has been done, the LuxeMate T810 can be used intuitively without the need to look down. Folder access is placed on the right control bar, with buttons for music, photos, TV, videos and radio. There are also Back and More buttons for accessing file information on the ride side, and there are an on/off and sleep button on the left side.
The Bottom Line
If you're a Windows Media Center user who wants something that lets you lounge on the couch, take a look at the LuxeMate T810 Media Cruiser. With a bit of a practice, you can access your content fairly intuitively without the need for three separate devices.