|VisionTek CandyBoard Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Input Devices|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Saturday, 15 January 2011|
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VisionTek 900335 Detailed Features
One particularly interesting feature on the VisionTek CandyBoard 900335 is the inclusion of a laser pointer. Since this mini Bluetooth keyboard works well with all computer systems: Linux, Apple Macintosh, and PC, the laser function allows the CandyBoard to become the ultimate all-in-one presentation device. By pressing the button located along the bottom of the keyboard, a red laser is displayed out of the left side (see image below).
The embedded laser pointer is visible for well over 100 feet, and is strong enough to be clearly seen in well lit rooms. While this feature may not be the main selling point for the VisionTek CandyBoard, it broadens the application range for this mini-keyboard beyond computers and smart phones.
Compatible with Bluetooth 2.0 and earlier, the VisionTek CandyBoard pairs directly to compatible devices or can be added onto non-Bluetooth devices by using the USB receiver stored in the underside of this mini keyboard. It was simple to pair the CandyBoard to Bluetooth-compatible mobile smart phones, computers, and game consoles (such as the Sony PS3). The process is very simple: search for Bluetooth device on your computer or mobile phone, press the 'Bluetooth Pairing' button on the CandyBoard (top left button), and type in the security code to confirm.
VisionTek specifies the CandyBoard to have an operational range of up to 10 meters (30 feet). However, when the USB button receiver was tested on a Windows 7 laptop computer it responded perfectly at a measured distance of 40 feet. Using the Sony PlayStation 3 game console's built-in Bluetooth receiver, the CandyBoard successfully controlled the system without issues up to 40 feet as well. While longer distances my be possible, most users won't be able to see the screen of any device beyond this length.
The VisionTek CandyBoard Bluetooth keyboard comes with its own built-in Lithium Ion battery, which operates at 3.3V/80mA. The CandyBoard is easily charged using the included USB cable to connect it to any USB port with 300mA or more DC power - which is nearly all USB 1.1 or later ports. The CandyBoard's battery light will illuminate red while charging, and will turn off when fully charged. There's a power On/Off switch located beside the USB port, allowing users to prolong the battery life whenever the CandyBoard is being transported, stored, or not in use.