Author: Greg Baden
The iOne Gemini P29MT Wireless Present Kit comes equipped with both a keyboard and a presenter. The keyboard features a full size keyboard in a small and lightweight design. Built into the keyboard is also a trackball and mouse buttons for a full use of the computer. 20 MCE (Media Center Edition) keys (16 actual buttons) rest in the middle top portion of the keyboard. They range from standard audio keys that can be used in any Windows operating system to those that can only be used for Windows Media Center operating systems. Both a power button and connect button sit to the left of these keys.
In the top right corner of the keyboard is the 1000 dpi optical trackball and typical lighting notifications. In the opposing corner are the two mouse buttons which are formed into the black piano finish of the keyboard.
On the back of the keyboard is the battery slot, which houses two AA’s, and two pads which seem to keep the keyboard level. Unlike other keyboards the pads don’t seem to keep the keyboard from sliding around.
The presenter has a simply and ergonomic layout. Along the top are the two mouse buttons followed by a joystick mouse, page up/down keys and a function key. The laser point is found as a large button underneath the presenter while the on/off switch is located on the right side.
The 2.4GHz signal is received through a USB dongle. While it’s best to have a clear direction from the keyboard to the receiver plugging the USB dongle into the back of a computer doesn’t really help. That is why iOne included a USB extender so that you can have a more direct signal from the receiver to the keyboard or presenter.
Like other related iOne keyboards they come included with rechargeable batteries. Instead of charging them yourself iOne has included an easy USB cable to charge the keyboard without having to remove the batteries. It simply plugs into the front of the keyboard rather than from the keyboard to the USB dongle receiver like in other iOne models.