Stylish Aurora keyboard goes wireless, adds trackball


— 10:39 AM on December 11, 2009

We were quite fond of Enermax's Aurora Premium keyboard and the tactile feedback of its scissor-switch key mechanisms, so this announcement caught our eye. Enermax has introduced the Aurora Micro Wireless, a new brushed aluminum keyboard that trades the Premium model's cord and numeric keypad for a laser trackball and Windows Media Center-friendly controls.

The Aurora Micro Wireless' trackball actually has three tracking resolutions—400, 800, and 120 dpi—which users can set on the fly using function keys. The trackball sits at the top right of the keyboard, working in tandem with a pair of buttons and an angled scroll wheel at the top left. In between, folks will find seven hot keys including volume up, volume down, mute, and play/pause.

This puppy uses 2.4GHz RF wireless with a USB adapter, which gives it a range of 30 feet or so, and it takes a pair of good old AA batteries. Enermax says the device has "two stair grasp bars on the bottom" to make it easy to use from a couch. The press release also mentions a "massive 2.5mm thick aluminum plate," which probably has something to do with the keyboard's weight of 1.77 lbs (that's without the batteries, by the way).

Look for the Aurora Micro Wireless in stores next month with an $85 price tag. That ain't cheap for a keyboard, but then again, the embedded trackball and scroll wheel are probably worth a premium. Besides, Enermax claims the keyboard works with Sony's PlayStation 3—the product page even includes a promotional video showing that feature in action.

   
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