Couldn’t resist another T8 box from our friends at Entertainment Box.
This time I went for the new T8-AML-V3 and I am very impressed!!!
Please check out the reviews of this great box here on BestforKodi.com
The reason for this blog however is not for the box, but what I ordered with it as part of the combo deal. What I am talking about is the Rii i12 Wireless Keyboard.
I am used to using the S77 air mouse, but this “bad-boy” is another level if you are looking to do a bit more than just control your TV. Don’t get me wrong, I still use the S77 on my TV set up and it’s great, but the Rii i12 is the one for me on my other “dabbling” set up. I have to say, it works a treat with my Android system, on which I base this short review.
Straight from the box its Lithium-Ion battery needed to be charged so, using the provided cable, it went straight into the USB port on my PC for some juice. I used it during the charging process with no problem and after about 45 minutes it was fully charged and the cable could be removed. The advertised stand-by time of 1 month is yet to be tested but sounds impressive.
The wireless USB dongle is stored neatly in the back of the keyboard which is tidy and a handy place to keep it when not in use. I however plunged mine straight into the side of the T8 and that’s where it will stay.
The 2.4 GHz Wireless connection was instant and just what “plug & play” should be.
The keyboard does have a handy on/off switch but it does go to sleep after not being used for 3 minutes.
The mouse pad on the keyboard is more than big enough for even the longest swipe and is very sensitive. This was a small problem for me as I did initially keep brushing it when using other keys on the right hand side of the keyboard. This wasn’t a problem for long and was more down to my typing style than the unit itself!
However I think it would be good if you could disable the mouse pad, maybe you can? If anyone knows a way please let me know!
On the mouse pad itself a single finger tap equates to a left mouse click and a double finger tap is a right mouse click. This is great once you are used to it, but in the meantime there are keys for these functions.
On the subject of the keys, they are a suitable size for comfortable typing and not only responsive but also very tactile not like some of the smaller and cheaper alternatives.
The normal keyboard shortcuts all apply and are all neatly located along the top row. The video and audio keys work seamlessly in Kodi.
Use the “c” key to access menus in Kodi and Ctrl + S takes a screenshot. No key mapping required.
My verdict of the Rii i12 wireless keyboard is that is a great addition to your kit and well worthwhile using particularly if you want to do a little more than just control what you’re watching on TV.