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Genius SlimStar i815 Review

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Genius SlimStar i815 Review

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The Genius SlimStar i815 keyboard and mouse combo is a lightweight, back-to-basics 2.4GHz wireless desktop set. You don’t get a lot of bells and whistles in the i815, but you do get great value and a potential travel accessory.

At a Glance

The Good: Lightweight, mini receiver, affordable

The Bad: Few ergonomic features

The Mouse

Sometimes you just want a basic computer peripheral, and that’s exactly what you get with the SlimStar i815 desktop set. The mouse is your average three-button device, with a tactile scroll wheel (a plus in my book) but no programmable buttons. Its shape and weight brings to mind the Microsoft Mobile Mouse 1000 , but it thankfully left behind the awful squeaking on my wood keyboard tray.

Although it’s not positioned as a travel mouse, it does feature one must-have in travel mice criteria: a receiver placeholder. Tucked next to the single AA battery the mouse requires is a slot for the mini receiver. It also has a an on/off switch, which, as I always say, is a great battery-saving feature provided that you remember to actually use it.

The Keyboard

The keyboard in the SlimStar i815 would be a standard 104-key keyboard, except that it tacks on three media keys (volume up, down and mute). The keys are square and flat and, according to Genius' website, are meant to replicate an Apple keyboard.

There are almost no ergonomic details for the keyboard (other than the option of raised feet), which means you're operating at your own risk should you plan to use this device for the long-term. The only plus to this is that there is a zero learning curve, so you will be up and typing within moments of removing the keyboard from the box.

As with the mouse, the keyboard sits on the low end of the weight scale. It's slim but sturdy, and would slide easily into a larger-sized laptop bag.

The Bottom Line

At an MSRP of $31.99, you’re getting a good price for a no-frills desktop wireless set. Although the set is extremely lightweight, it still feels durable and would probably survive a moderate amount of wear and tear. It’s also an option if you’re looking for a travel alternative for your daily, ergonomic desktop set.
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