Lenovo Mini Wireless Keyboard N5901 Review-Behind the Media Center PC is King and enable Internet TV only a twinkle in an engineering eye (which is to say, a few years ago), the shooting is always on for the perfect keyboard use from the couch — but never that Chase the Fox caught quite the Fox. We will explore the very nice (but need pricey, even now) that Logitech DiNovo Mini, as well as some modest one-off contenders from Microsoft and Adesso, but we found the perfect companion of couch-side. So, even with stars fading the Media Center PC and the TV set remote control the heir apparent in the home-theater keyboard, still excited by a new competitor: the Lenovo Mini Wireless Keyboard N5901.
Not widely known for the input device, Lenovo nevertheless have a stake in this market, with deep line of all-in-one (AIO) desktop PC. Smaller AIOs are often with LCD screen too small for practical use more than arm’s length away. But AIO model on the top end of the range (such as Lenovo IdeaCentre B500 23-inch) serves as a bedroom or dorm room TV/PC. For computers like these, many users want a less awkward interface than ordinary keyboard-plus-mouse when reclining.http://lenovoreview.com/lenovo-mini-wire…ard-n5901-review/
And the idea behind this N5901, you would use, sometimes in place of a full size keyboard and mouse for playing music or video, and performing the essential duties of Web-navigation. (It also has potential as a controller of PowerPoint presentation.) Clearly, though, it will supplement, not replace, a standard set of input devices. The design (the keyboard, though) is suitable for use only in short bursts. The part of mouse not tired, but the keyboard, because of unusual as in grid layout and small keys, is workable for typing a few lines at a time.
The N5901 is meant to be used for one-handed mousing, through the trackball in the grip, and as a two-handed thumb keyboard for input of alphanumeric. Shape of a chubby “v”, the device measures the 5.25 x 5 inches in its numerous vertical and horizontal points. Before the device is glossy black plastic, and the rear of rubbery material that is easy to understand. The lower part of the grip, which houses a trackball and buttons mouse, is so very front to back than the rest of the device; around the back, you see that the bulge is also contains the battery. Open the lid, and you’ll find the well for the two supplied AAA batteries and a small storage niche in the device USB receiver. It is a small USB dongle that, when installed on PC USB port, almost protrudes, like receiver that some recent Microsoft and Logitech input device.
Part of the “mouse” is, for us, the highlight of this device. A trackball you manipulate with your thumb, it works well for lefties or righties. The ball is a-rolling but accurate feel, has sufficient weight to spin the momentum. On the left-and right-clicking buttons are above the trackball (rather than below, as the touch pad controllers) and do not have different buttons themselves, but rather flexible portions of the surface of the plastic you can click. Wireless mousing also worked, with a slight wrinkle for users on the right: sometimes, we knocked on the trackball and spinner off-kilter when left-clicking, because have to bring the ball to reach the our thumb. It is less difficult for lefties, who only want to cross over to right click, a more unusual action. When we are conscious of the problem, we were able to do so to avoid them, but that is tricky
The keyboard is more remember gu. The key is configured to follow along a vertical and horizontal grid, rather than staggered as in a standard keyboard; the new arrangement takes getting used to. Also, we like the curvature of the body, but those N5901 curves dictate compromise on the size and shape of a few keys. It is interesting that the left and right Shifts is shaped with quarter-circles due to the device edge curvature. The Shifts are too small to consider how often you use them. (By comparison, in edge-dwelling, also unique shapes Page Up and Page Down keys are great.) Also, there are no dedicated function-key range, and access most punctuation commas, though, requires some funky two key combination (Fn plus something else).
The choice of key is a little quirky. One key to dedicated “menu” that brings two keys to the right of the spacebar up right-click menu in any app you’re in we often see the keys on the standard keyboard (and rarely use it), but it’s especially not need to n here, seeing as the right-click “mouse” button does not put the keys. Also, an orange, pie wedge-shaped key above left (on the left of the dedicated media-playback keys) acts as a launch button for My Computer. It was a strange choice, considering this media centric keyboard doesn’t have a dedicated key (aka “Green Button”) for bringing up interface of Windows Media Center.
All that said, given the compact size of this keyboard, it’s hard to quibble the keys themselves. At most, type on a light is going to be the order of the day, and if you use the keyboard with that understanding in mind, you’ll find it a better thumb typing experience than texting on your average Smartphone. The keys themselves are convex and given a lively feedback click when depressed. However, it means that the convex surface, you need to use the pad of your thumb, not your thumbnails, type. (Using your nail doeth tendency of your fingers onto the nearby keys.) If you have a very healthy thumb, it will make for tricky typing.
Overall, though, any keyboard this size is going to have compromises, and the extreme compactness of the N5901 makes up for a lot of sins. If you temper your expectations and don’t need to type more than a few lines at a time, this wireless keyboard, mouse, and remote is a great deal, considering it costs half or less what Logitech’s DiNovo Mini does. It’s our new favorite buddy for slacking off with Media Center—and we’ll definitely bring one along the next time we need to make a PowerPoint presentation.