The keyboard itself looks a much higher quality and has a nice solid weight to it that makes it feel like its put together well. The frame is made from a nice brushed aluminium with some chrome styling in a few places.
The Aurora mini is surprisingly fully featured for one that is about 2/3 of the length of an average keyboard. Its got arrow keys, a full size backspace, oversized enter/return, media keys, mouse ball, scroll wheel etc. The only thing missing is the number pad. Enermax saved some space by making the Home, End, Page up/down etc keys as functions of the arrows.
The keys are laptop style low profile with some laminated key designations. These arnt as durable as the lasered in ones, but they do the job well enough.
Instead of a touch pad, Enermax opted for a rollerball which saves space but I’m sure some people have a preference for it. Thanks to the reasonably high DPI of 1200, this means you’re crossing screens quite quickly with this little ball.
There’s a scroll wheel on the opposite corner along with a pair of left/right buttons. It might seem odd to have it so far from the rollerball, but this makes it easier to use both hands.
Running between the two you have a few media buttons including volume up/down, mute and a play/pause. Next to them are also a few other buttons giving you home, mail and zoom functions.
Sitting just beneath these, all the F keys have extra functions built in. Most of the are shotcuts to your MyPictures or MyVideos folders, but there are also media skip as well as DPI switch capabilities.
I really like the fat enter key. It makes it much easier to avoid slipping when you go for it with your little finger; something that’s easy to do on the typical mini keyboards.
Since this is a wireless board, the back has a small battery slot where you pop in and out the included AAAs. There’s also a connect switch and on/off one just beneath it.
The rest of the underside is black plastic, contrary to the top brushed aluminium. Dotted around the edge are several little rubber nubs. Combine these with the reasonable weight of the Aurora Mini and this thing shouldn’t move around too much.