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Old 31-01-2014
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RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard
  

RAPOO E9180P is a smart wireless touch keyboard. It has a sleek design and dedicated touch pad to fulfill your mouse needs. At first sight RAPOO E9180P looks very thin. It works on an usb dongle. I use a regular keyboard and a separate mouse. But after using RAPOO E9180P, I found this product very handy. It is ideal for laptops, tablets, ultrabooks, etc. If you are using a windows tablet like Microsoft Surface, Dell Latitude, Lenovo ThinkPad, etc; you won’t need to buy a separate dock. This keyboard is more affordable. The touchpad offers around 15 touch gestures to completely control your system. It is big enough to give you full space for moving fingers. In RAPOO E9180P this thing is smartly managed. Except the keyboards, the touchpad does not have any buttons. With simple gesture you can activate right, middle and left key. You can maximize or minimize a window, launch Windows 8 Metro UI, and do many more things through gesture. It is an ideal keyboard when you need something handy for web surfing, playing fb games, emails, etc. You can also customize the gesture through Rapoo tool.

RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard
RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard

QWERTY keyboard fulfills your requirements of writing up a mail or document. Multimedia keys are further integrated with the function keys. To use it nicely you will have to give a little bit time to the keyboard. I will not say it is really comfortable because our fingers are used to big size keyboard and here we are working on limited space. We will checkout the keyboard in more details further. We will first go through the features it offers.

Features:
  • 15 different touch gestures with customization.
  • Quick Navigation for Windows 8
  • 5G wireless transmission
  • Stainless steel brushed base
  • Slim Design
Design:

RAPOO E9180P wireless touch keyboard has a very impressive design. It is sleek and easy to use. A full size QWERTY keyboard is placed on the front side with functions keys on the top. The functions keys have integrated multimedia controls. You have to press the FN key from the keyboard and then hit the other one on the top side. Somehow Rapoo has tried to keep everything restricted to a small space. The keyboard has a very sleek design. You can keep that in your bag or carry it with you whenever you want. In the below image you can see the keyboard layout. The top side is covered with thin functions keys. And below that lies a standard size number and alphabetical keys. Keys are placed very close to each other. But due to its big size you can easily guess alphabets without looking at the same.

RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard
RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard
RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard

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Re: RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard

Somehow the arrow keys are very thin and placed at the extreme button. So while making selection of any text it becomes a bit complicated to access. The arrow keys are most frequently used keys on a keyboard. Those who do not use mouse must rely on these 4 keys. In RAPOO E9180P those keys are not proper. It is a bit hard to access.

RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard
RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard

At the backside lies a stainless steel brushed base. This makes the board durable. It is a full lock keyboard. Nowhere on the body has it looked like this is a waterproof model. To add grip rubber bases are provided at the edges. The top side holds the battery compartment where you have to add 2 AAA batteries. The same compartment has a small space left for the usb dongle. The keyboard works only with the dongle. RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch keyboard features 5G wireless transmission that offers you constant connectivity. I had used this from a range of 6 to 8 meters where it works really well. But above that there is a connectivity issue. RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch keyboard is ideal for media server, laptops and desktop system. It is also great for tablets. You can play a movie, sit back at the couch and use this keyboard to control the system.

RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard
RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard
RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard
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Re: RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard

The keys are placed well, it looks they are tightly compressed with each other. The numerical pad here is missing. This is because of portable design. The keys do not feature backlit support. So you cannot use it in night. This reduces the usage. Keys placed are ok but not really great. A keyboards comfort level is determined on the basis of its usage. Like how fast can you type and do all your work. In RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch keyboard keys like delete, functions, arrow keys, etc; are not easy to access.

RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard

Touchpad:

RAPOO E9180P has a really big size touchpad. This is not a regular touchpad. It offers you various gesture based control to manage day to day work. Along with this it is programmable. That means you can configure the gesture on your own ways. You can also program the function keys of the keyboard. You will have to download Rapoo wireless touch keyboard driver program. This is available on the official site for download. This tool allows you to configure the touch pad as per your need. The tool has advance options to completely customize the touch pad. Some options like using the left and right click are locked, while others are easy to customize. Through the tool you can add a pre-defined control or even assign a macro.

RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard

This software has three sections named Move and Click, Windows 8 Gesture and Navigation Gesture. All of them are available for editing. You have to select a gesture from the top side and at the bottom you can see an additional menu, through which you can check out more options. In total you can find more than 40 different programs to add on the gesture. You can assign a keyboard shortcut on the gesture. Like Windows Key + R to launch the run box. You can assign this shortcut on the right swipe or on two finger tap. In the same way you have additional options for windows 8 navigation and macro separately.

RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard

There are in total nine different gestures that you can customize. You can assign different options on the same as per your need. All gestures are shown in the below image. This makes RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch keyboard very handy to use. You can add your favorite multimedia controls on the same. Due to portable size you can move it anywhere with you.

RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard

You can also switch to keyboard from the options side. In total there are 12 programmable keys. Each of them functions as they are assigned. For example, to go back you can press F1 but if you want to change that than click on the function and choose one from drop down list. Here you can assign different things as per your need also.

RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard

Conclusion:

RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch Keyboard is smart enough to give you complete usage. It has option to program the touchpad gesture as well functions key on the top side. So that you can assign your own tasks to each key and use it as per your need. RAPOO E9180P Wireless Touch keyboard comes for Rs.4629 marked on the box. It comes with 2 year warranty. It is a value of money product. The cost might be high but still we are getting a bit advance features compared to regular touch based keyboard. Along with that it is portable and has a sleek design. It features a 5 GHz connectivity standard that allows you to use the same from long distance without getting disconnected. The package does not come with battery.

Pros:
  • Programmable Touchpad Gesture
  • Programmable Function Keys
  • Sleek and Durable design.
Cons:
  • No Backlit
  • Not Waterproof.
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