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11 January 2012

Best Keyboard Ever: Rapoo E9080 (oh and it is Mac compatible)



The ultra slim, functional and stylish Rapoo E9080 is a wireless keyboard and a little something else. It has won the IF product design award, which is no small task.  At a full 102 keys, the numerical keypad turns into a trackpad and vice versa after you slide your finger across the 'slide here' button.


Clearly their target audience is not Mac owners as there was no documentation online or even on the box to say it was compatible. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a go and to my hope it worked and to my surprise it beats Apple's wireless keyboard in both function and price. I managed to pick one up from Singapore delivered on eBay for AU $48.00.


It comes with a nano receiver transmitting at 2.4Ghz and 2 AAA batteries. Power consumption is low at 30mA. I was worried that it would clash with my wireless network that also transmits on the same frequency, but there has been no issues.
Don't expect the trackpad to be your replacement for your Macbook trackpad or Apple's Magic trackpad as the gestures are quite limited. It functions more like a mouse, with left click, right click and scrolling. Also the trackpad movement is a little slow, which I am not sure how to speed up on a Mac.


What would make this keyboard even more awesome if the keys had a backlight. But obviously this would add more to its thickness, cost and use more power.


What Would Make It Better
Also the aluminium edge seems a little out of place with a black keyboard. Also a button to turn the device on/off on the side or top where you can reach without having to flip the thing over would be awesome. A white model would also be sexy. The E9070 has a white option with the full 102 keys but it does not have the built-in trackpad.


Bottom Line
The bottom line is a good wireless keyboard that has that numerical keyboard that your Macbook doesn't have. This keyboard is good practice when you transition from a uni student to a professional that will have to input numbers in spreadsheets and tables.


Other Observations
Another observation is that it is light and only 5.6mm (.022 in). I don't even think the Macbook Pro keyboards are even that thin. It feels very comfortable typing on my lap. The keys are large and close together and less force is needed to type compared to a Macbook Pro


I kinda laugh at their promotional video but here it is:


If you have any questions feel free to ask and I will do my best to answer.
Specs
- Brand: Rapoo
- Model: E9080
- High quality ABS + stainless steel material
- Ultra slim wireless keyboard
- Fashionable design
- Reliable 2.4GHz wireless connection with up to 10 meters working range
- Touchpad and numpad switch design
- You can switch between touchpad mode and numpad mode whenever you like, just need a gentle slide
- Working voltage: 1.5V/30mA
- Supports Windows XP/Vista/Win 7 and don't forget MAC
- Powered by 2 x AAA batteries (included)
- Comes with receiver & English/Chinese manual



19 comments:

  1. Hi,
    How are the keys? Do they have that scissor click? Or do they feel mushy? Or maybe it's easier just to compare it to the Macbook keyboard that you already own.

    How is the wireless reception? Any lag (from keys and touchpad) or disconnects?

    Does the touchpad and keypad combo works as advertised? It seems too good to be true. :)

    Battery life estimate?

    Thanks!

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  2. Hi Dan,

    There are quite a number of keyboards out there and that I haven't tried. I feel that it is very similar to a Macbook Pro keyboard. Only difference is the amount of force that is needed is a bit less. They do spring back pretty quickly.

    Wireless reception I get is 7m in a large room line of sight. Haven't tried any further. As far as lag goes there is none when switching from keypad to trackpad. However, because the keypad trackpad doesn't have the physical keys it takes a bit of getting used to because its different. 

    They work as advertised, again takes some getting used to and it is certaintyAFR not a replacement for a magic trackpad or mac trackpad.

    You also have to get used to the keypad / trackpad being there. If your right hand covers the cursor can jump or you might end up pushing numbers on the keypad.  

    Battery life estimate? Not sure. Using the supplied batteries, still going strong. I will keep you posted :)

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  3. Hi Dan,

    There are quite a number of keyboards out there and that I haven't tried. I feel that it is very similar to a Macbook Pro keyboard. Only difference is the amount of force that is needed is a bit less. They do spring back pretty quickly.

    Wireless reception I get is 7m in a large room line of sight. Haven't tried any further. As far as lag goes there is none when switching from keypad to trackpad. However, because the keypad trackpad doesn't have the physical keys it takes a bit of getting used to because its different. 

    They work as advertised, again takes some getting used to and it is certainty not a replacement for a Magic trackpad or Macbook trackpad.

    You also have to get used to the keypad / trackpad being there. If your right hand covers / bumps the trackpad, the cursor can jump or you might end up pushing numbers on the keypad.  

    Battery life estimate? Not sure. Using the supplied batteries, still going strong. I will keep you posted :)

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  4. Hey there not  a bad site at  all. Thanks for  sharing this  informative information with everyone regards Loredana

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  5. Hi,
    Just received mine. Have you found how to select text w/ the touchpad?
    (I cannot read chinese nor find an english user manual.)
    Cheers,
    r.

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  6. Not sure about PC but you can double click on the touch pad to select a word. Or to select a few words or lines click shift and double click on the trackpad

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  7. hi
    how to perform "left click hold" in order to drag something?

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  8. Care to give me some more information like operating system and version? I can't do it in 10.7.4 unless I use it in combination with the click on the Macbook Pro trackpad and navigate with the rapoo trackpad

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  9. anyone know how I can get it in an ISO layout? Like ISO-pt or es or ISO-en intl ?

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  10. Hi, is it possible use this keyboard with 
    Sony SmartDock DK21 ?

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  11. I imagine it would be. It is very plug and play. There were no drivers needed to get it to work. Contact the company or take a risk like I did :)

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  12. Hi, I'm looking for a good keyboard to replace the mac wired keyboard, and this looks good. One question - this is a Windows layout keyboard, right? How do you map the Windows key to the Apple Command key? Thanks!

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  13. Hi, can I confirm that one won't be able to perform drag operations with the mouse, since there's no way to "hold" the left mouse button? Thanks.

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  14. hold "fn"-key while double-tap with one or two fingers -> so left- or right-click-hold works on an e2700

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  15. This is NOT the best keyboard ever. It types very nicely, but the trackpad to the right side is a bit uncomfortable. The lack of ability to click and hold for extended periods is a big drag.

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  16. Hi, is there anybody still here? :) I'm wondering, if this works with macos 10.8?
    I've read about some troubles with touchpad on rapoo 2700 (looks quite similar to 9080, that's why I ask) on macos 10.8 while there are no problems on 10.7

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  17. Hi. Have u tried it with better touch tool /btt? It should enable u to custom the trackpad. Can it?

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  18. "The best"? You can't even find this model on Rapoo's website. The model is still in the market, so where is the support?

    It cannot drag, which makes it a joke calling the touchpad a replacement for a mouse.

    Left click only works sometimes. Meaning you might find yourself hitting it several times in order to click a button.

    The nano receiver is cleverly little, but it needs a very clear eye-contact with the keyboard. For a Mac Mini with all USB ports at the back, this wouldn't work, so you need an extension. (Other peripherals come with a receiver on a wire).

    Sitting in my couch with my feet up watching a film, I have to move my feet so the receiver can sense keyboard strokes.

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  19. works excellent on Windows 7 and Linux (right now I'm on Ubuntu 13.10 and I haven't need to install any drivers). I'm not saying that this is the best, but it's good for me, at least for what I bought it.

    It's good for anything from smart TV's to home cinemas or anything you want to control remote. Slim, stainless steel, big buttons (bigger than apple wireless keyboard), Touchpad and numpad in the same keyboard was my reason to buy it and it's just perfect for me and for what I'm using it, BUT NOT for gaming of course (you can't use a wireless keyboard for gaming :) )

    As a conclusion it's just perfect for what I'm using it and it's more cheaper than other wireless keyboards that are not just standard layout without any other functions.

    Cheers and if want to test it and you find a store that let you test the hardware before you buy, go ahead and try it. I'm not sure if there are some from Romania, but if there is anybody and want to try this keyboard, just let me know.



    Best Regards,
    Cody

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