Lets take a look at the keyboard first.
You can see why they named it the slimboard, it’s only around a centimetre thick (excluding the keys), with a thicker section towards the rear to house the battery compartment and to prop it up at a comfortable angle.
Most of the keys are around the same size as the ones on a full sized keyboard with regards to the top face of the keys you actually type on although they’re only around 3-4mm tall and with a gap between each key. Due to the way the keyboard is designed it doesn’t look like you’d be able to lose anything down under the keys which is definitely a plus point, I dare not even check under them on my keyboard for fear of what may live down them by now.
Though this board has something you’d expect to have the ‘lock lights, it seems it’s just a design feature and doesn’t actually hide any pretty LEDs. According to the quick start guide this is taken care of with the supplied software.
Being a mini keyboard it is quite small and lacks a full number pad too though, as with laptop and netbook keyboards, a number pad is provided through the use of the function (Fn) key.
To give you an idea of the size of the Slimboard I sat it next to a full sized (and rather dirty) keyboard.
On the underside of the Varbatim board you’ll find the battery compartment and connect button. The four rubber feet at each corner do a very good job of holding the keyboard in place on a desk making it quite difficult to accidentally move it and gives it a very solid feel for such a small peripheral.
So what about the keyboard’s little rodent companion? Well, it features the usual two button plus mouse wheel layout and has the same ‘piano black’ colour scheme and compact sizing as the keyboard.
On the underside you’ll find the optical sensor, battery compartment, power switch and connect button.
The nano USB receiver used by both the keyboard and mouse is hiding away in the battery compartment, as I discovered with a sigh of relief after spending 10 minutes frantically searching through the packaging under the assumption that I’d somehow lost it already. That’s a nice little idea.