Multimedia Remote Keyboard
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I must say that I enjoy the new graphite finish of the N5902 much more than the N5901’s glossy black that seemed to latch on to fingerprints. The underside is also matte, but replaces the topside’s luster with a duller, lightly rubberized grip that does well for minimalist utility. Rounding up the visual splendor of the remote is the new chrome ring surrounding the keyboard, which also doubles as the left and right mouse buttons just underneath the space bar.
Another noteworthy change from the N5901 is that the trackball mouse has been replaced with “optical finger navigation”, but we’re going to call it an optical trackpad. Think of it as if you were dragging your thumb over the underside of a traditional optical mouse, only with a smoother feel and none of the inverted pointing or bright red lighting. Lenovo probably made the switch from a trackball to a trackpad in the name of solid state reliability, since fingers in a living room will invariably be covered with Cheeto dust. Remember Apple’s not-so-Mighty Mouse? Lesson learned.
The center part of the N5902’s trackpad clicks down for a left click for more efficient one-handed mousing, and this is made even easier by the addition of a touch sensitive vertical scroll bar just below the trackpad. A dedicated middle click is missing, but quite honestly it isn’t needed since Ctrl+Clicking has the same effect when web browsing.
The keyboard layout has also seen some improvements over the older model, now backlit and sporting a total of 75 keys. Though there are some redundancies like the second Alt and Shift keys, the other changes are generally welcome. Dedicated Home and End buttons come in handy, as does the Alt-Tab button at the top right corner that doubles as Alt-F4 and a button that immediately launches the your default web browser. Notably missing from this assortment is a “Green Button”, what Windows uses to launch Media Center. The Media Center application can still be called on by pressing Windows + Alt + Enter, but that’s a bit awkward to press on a small keyboard. But by far the single most important change to the keyboard is a raised nub on the down arrow for quick navigation by feel only, similar to the nubs on F and J for touch typing.
In the Living Room
My first reaction when switching to the Lenovo N5902 was just how reliable the 2.4GHz wireless signal is. I was able to type perfect sentences with no dropped keystrokes from a solid 13 feet away on the couch. Mind you, this is with the receiver plugged into the back of my large steel computer chassis on the floor, next to my Wireless G router. Contrast this to the Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard, where I need to use a couple of unsightly USB extension cords to place the receiver a fair distance away from all of the electronics. I was also unable to find any “death grips” that stifle the wireless signal like there are on the iPhone 4 or Rii keyboard. Nice job, Lenovo.
Sadly, Lenovo’s optical trackpad isn’t much better than the Rii’s capacitive trackpad. The speed of mousing is terribly hampered by the extremely limited 500dpi resolution, not to mention the relatively narrow width of a thumb on a sensor less than half an inch wide. Horizontal mouse movements are an absolute pain on a 1080p widescreen display, even with the mouse sensitivity cranked all the way up. Also, the mouse can also seem somewhat erratic with smaller movements whenever the thumb is repositioned due to liftoff tracking by the optical sensor.
This begs the question, why didn’t Lenovo opt to use a standard capacitive trackpad? There’s plenty of room for one to be implemented, even with the independent scrolling bar. If size and aesthetics are to blame, it still doesn’t explain why Lenovo couldn’t just carry over the TrackPoint stick from their ThinkPad line of notebooks. At least those have decent accuracy and speed.
Navigating menus in Media Center, Boxee and Hulu Desktop was mostly simple, thanks in part to the Inverted-T arrow keys that could quickly be identified in the dark by the raised nub. I can see the arrows being a stretch for lefties since they’re located on the right edge of the keyboard, but this should only affect those with smaller hands. The Escape and Backspace buttons that Boxee and Media Center use as back buttons, however, were slightly harder to locate given their placement away from the outer corners of the keyboard. The dedicated media keys are a godsend for Media Center, but I’m finding it necessary to look down to press them since unlike traditional infrared remotes, they lack any tactile feel – the play button feels exactly the same as the stop button.
Backlighting is rather dim and uneven when compared to the of the Rii keyboard, but still sufficient for typing in a dark room. With the power switch in Backlight mode, the lights will stay on for about 5 seconds whenever a key is pressed, but they also can be activated before typing by pressing the Function key to the left of the spacebar.trend up about coffee coffee bean near me do your own fashion trending on twitter today science price north 41 salon coffee haven lifestyles unlimited san antonio modern lifestyle price science share trends coffee case side haircut astronomy moon dresses for girls astronomy week 1 glucose 50 haircut lifestyle vs life style men science walmart near me haircut dog haircut starship band we built this city constellation of auriga in the same fashion for you fashion atp from tca cycle coffee meets bagel shark tank 2018 memes all coffee high lifestyle team out of trend be fashion through coffee fashion company science people scientific method definitions holiday hair camp hill pa hours code by lifestyle trend health boutique style clothing for less astronomy in uk what to wear now in nyc cygnus constellation hemisphere fashion fair makeup foundation people who put outfits together for you coffee seeds vs beans all over coffee astronomy vs astrophysics young haircut it fashion coffee near me open 2018 spring hair trends coffee and tea places northern illinois wood low table down to the science coffee points smart astronomy hair trends 2018 starbucks menu astronomy a level scientific method definition biology club haircut astronomy major supercuts near me body coffee full coffee coffee near me science home astrology symbols in order starbucks adams ave astronomy openstax women lifestyle the curve salon lifestyle work fashion style box haircut how to improve my style astronomy daily just science lifestyle holiday all about science trend at price trend get haircut ap lifestyle broadway hair cut haircuts with bangs anoxia vs hypoxia winter outfits pinterest coffee school lifestyle issue nor fashion science diet recall dog food beauty salon in foster city ca haircut pro science in world dressing sense for female coffee be astrology chart calculator the up trend easy astronomy emelie dress stars and stripes forever youtube recent hair trends just a coffee trend music how do nadh molecules contribute to electron transport what's the first thing for a science fair supercuts dallas hwy astronomy months alchemist coffee drink coffee shop downtown plano coffee bean and tea leaf haircuts 2019 lifestyle definition sociology boy long hairstyle names i day haircut salon la v daily astronomy hairstyles for medium hair for wedding haircut on me am science life lifestyle how to haircut have a coffee on me street lifestyle science center louisville ky fashion into school science on trend ruffle dress bloomingdales what are the science hair on hudson out of coffee punjabi style of wearing dupatta 3 coffee man fashion mountain view road coffee cute spring wear car trends 0's fashion lifestyle job how to find aquarius constellation in the sky coffee water party dress sky blue and white haircut man coffee meets bagel valuation fashion for you trending hashtags on instagram today