Penclic R2 Wireless Mouse and K2 Wireless Mini Keyboard – Review
Does the world need a new keyboard and mouse? A company called Penclic apparently thinks it to be the case, so it has made it its slogan. The Swedish hardware company set out to create a redesigned, sleek and attractive computer mouse and keyboard that it hoped would reduce wrist strain.
Penclic offers three versions of its mouse and two of its mini keyboard: USB wired, USB Wireless, and a Bluetooth enabled mouse. The R2 wireless mouse and the K2 wireless mini keyboard were the models tested. These models come with small USB dongles that need to be plugged into a USB port on a Mac, PC or Linux computer, if you intend to use both be prepared to lose two available USB ports.
Included with each device is a USB to Micro USB charging cable that auto-winds into an enclosure for easy portability. The R2 system, mouse, dongle, and cable store in a soft carrying pouch.
At first glance, the mini keyboard didn’t appear to be very different from any other wireless keyboard on the market nor did it seem all that “mini” (it’s approximately the same size as Apple’s full size keyboard). At the same time, there wasn’t too much to dislike about the K2 either. It’s thin and minimalistic, aesthetically pleasing and has an elegant matte finish.
The R2, however, did immediately look and feel different. It’s a mouse reinvented. It resembles a small portable mouse but with a pen-like rod attached via a swivel joint. Held by the user as a pen or pencil, it allows the pen-cum-mouse to be fully maneuverable.
SETTING UP THE PENCLIC R2 MOUSE AND K2 MINI KEYBOARD
R2 Wireless Mouse
Very much like other wireless mouse devices I have seen, inserting the rechargeable AAA battery (included) into the mouse was another task; the door to the battery compartment needs to be pried open with a fingernail or tool and doesn’t do so easily. A micro-usb port, when connected via the supplied charging cord, charges the battery and should allay any concerns of having to access the compartment. Standard AAA batteries can be used as well, but the thought of having to open the compartment frequently to replace batteries is a non-starter.
The final step was to plug in the tiny USB dongle into my MacBook Air and set the switch on the bottom of the mouse to “on.” The mouse was immediately recognized and didn’t need any other user intervention to get started.
K2 Wireless Mini Keyboard
The keyboard put up a similar struggle with regard to the battery insertion process, but it too can be recharged via the included micro-USB cable once the battery is in. After I plugged in the USB dongle and turned the keyboard on, my Mac ran a quick process to identify the keyboard, requesting the user (me) to specify the location of certain important keys, and within moments the keyboard was functioning as well.
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