Kensington Ci70 Keyboard with USB Ports Review

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by Sarah Meyer

Kensington has an updated version of the Ci70 keyboard: the Ci70 Keyboard with USB Ports. This new keyboard has a mini-USB connector that will allow the user to attach smaller gadgets and download files without the hassle of searching through a pile of cords or worrying about forgetting your cords at work and home.

The Ci70 Specifications

  • Keyboard dimensions: approx. 16.0"L x 7.0"W x 0.25"-1" H
  • PC and Mac compatible
  • 3 USB 2.0 ports (2 regular, 1 mini)
  • Five keyboard hot keys
  • 5-year warranty


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Design and Aesthetics

The Ci70 keyboard with USB ports is extremely light and thin; most of the keyboard is only a .25" thick. It’s black, which I like, with off white accents.

The keyboard features Kensington’s soft-touch keys- which like the name indicates- that need only a light touch unlike some keyboards.


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At the top of the keyboard- the only section that is an inch thick- are five hot keys, the built-in mini USB connector and a regular USB port. The hot keys are easy to figure out, there is an eject key (only works with Mac), a search key, e-mail key, internet key and music key.


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Above the number pad, there are five media keys that will control your default media player: volume up, volume down, play/pause, skip forward, skip backward.


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There is also an Apple key and a Windows key.

Using the Ci70

Installation was a snap. There was no software to load. Just plug in the keyboard into any USB port and it works almost immediately.

Like the Ci70 wireless keyboard I reviewed awhile back, I had a problem with the ultra thin design. I can’t type comfortably with a flat, super thin keyboard and for whatever reason the feet are designed to give the user less than a half inch of lift. For me, that’s not enough.


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All the hot keys and media keys worked well, and the keys themselves were responsive. The USB ports all worked fine, including the mini USB connector. I didn’t have a camera I could test out the connector with because all the ones we had in the office were micro USB. I did plug in a Motorola Q and a MP3 player and my computer recognized the new hardware, etc. I couldn’t get the Q to charge through the keyboard though (Kensington doesn’t claim that it would, just that it will download files from devices that have mini USB).

Conclusion

The Ci70 Keyboard with USB Ports is definitely a useful product for people with extra gadgets. I love the idea of not having to drag out five different cords to plug in my MP3, camera and phone. It does stink that USB devices are not standardized; maybe in the future Kensington can look into adding a micro USB port/connector as well.

Pros

  • Light weight
  • 5-year warranty
  • Flexible- can use if right or left handed
  • Compatible with a Mac and PC

Cons

  • Small kickstand
  • Comes in only one color
  • Sort of expensive

Pricing and Availability

The Ci70 Keyboard with USB Ports can be purchased on the Kensington website for $49.99 plus shipping.


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