Enermax Aurora Micro Wireless

Testing

Methodology

Of course the best way to test a keyboard is to sit down for a few hours and use it. With the Enermax Aurora Wireless I had a play with it on a few games, some general typing and I tried it out on my media centre.

Results

General Usage

Thanks to the high DPI – for a non gaming mouse – the rollerball makes navigation through an OS pretty easy. However you do need to move it smoothly as otherwise the pointer goes crazy and just jumps around in a small area. With a slow, deliberate movement you can jump around pretty quickly, but you can’t do it absently.

Having adjustable DPI was also nice as it allowed you to have the high DPI on larger resolution displays and drop it back down for the smaller ones. On top of that, while the keyboard is quite deep for a “mini” one, all the function keys are easily reachable – even with my small hands – and the mouse ball and left/right buttons are within perfect distance.

Gaming

While of course you don’t want to be trying to play a competitive FPS with the rollerball, you can quite easily play games like Trackmania, basic flash games, some slower RTS games, it’s all possible. Facebook games would also be no problem if you’re using your media centre to access social networks.

One thing I did like with the Aurora Mini is that because of the way it’s angled, the front of it is almost flat with the desktop – or your lap depending on where it’s sitting. This makes the use of arrow keys and WASD quite comfortably as you don’t need to hold your hands in the air; they can quite easily rest on the desktop.

Typing

Typing is pretty easy on the Aurora mini but it does take a little bit of getting used to as the layout is slightly different than normal keyboards; the main one being that its all centralised. It has a nice smooth click clack as you tap away with a reasonably nice response time on each key. There’s not a lot of feedback so those used to the nice satisfying feel of a mechanical keyboard will feel a little alienated, but the silicone dome switches are good enough in this instance. I’d recommend many more keyboards for typing before I got to this one, but for what it needs to do, the Aurora mini does a fine job.

I would have liked a slightly longer right shift key, but that’s probably just a personal preference.

Comfort

Keys are all nice to use, there’s no sharp edges, the aluminium finish is smooth and comfortable. However, the biggest contributor to this keyboard’s comfort is the angle. With it aimed in such a way, you can use the desktop as a wrist rest, meaning the keyboard can maintain its mini size but have the full benefit of one with a wrist rest.

Something Else

There’s no drivers with this thing. There’s also no connection syncing between the wireless transmitter and the keyboard, they work straight away. This makes it perfect for media centres as just plug it in and off you go.

Cost

£65 is what you’ll pay for this little keyboard. It seems a bit expensive really, even with the fancy brushed aluminium shell.

1 response to “Enermax Aurora Micro Wireless”

  1. Yup, nice keyboard. Looks like a rip-off of the Iogear GKM561R to me though.

    And alas, why oh why…: Multimedia keyboards need BACKLIGHTING. Another missed opportunity.

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