Are you a businessman or woman, perhaps a content or multimedia developer that often gives PowerPoint or other multimedia presentations?
Maybe you are a music and movie enthusiast, and you use your Mac with iTunes and iDVD or QuickTime as you entertainment center at home or at school in the college dorm?
Believe it or not,
both rather different computer users face the very same dilemma in using
their computers for these functions; how do you do it remotely and wirelessly
from a decent distance?
Originally the Macally KEYPOINT™ was to be reviewed in the “Wireless I/O Solutions” story, but we realized that it goes far beyond the duties of a mouse and it doesn’t even look like one. It’s really more akin to the remote control that you have at home for your Stereo or Media Center.
There appears to be nothing else like the Keypoint on the market, a great position for Macally to be in. Over the years, Macally has always seemed to be more innovative than any other Macintosh hardware company and Andy Chen of Macally / Mace Group, seems to have a great feel for what Mac owners want to use with their favorite hardware.
But Windows users
shouldn’t feel left out because the Keypoint also works on PC’s
as well. We also tested tihe Keypoint on both desktop and notebook computers
running Windows XP with PowerPoint 2000, 2002 and 2003 (there’s
nothing new about 2004). It worked flawlessly in everyway doing presentations
and running Windows Media Player.
Here’s the best
part if you’re an avid iTunes user, oh yes you can remotely control
iTunes from the couch, floor or let your imagination go wild, dude. So
now you can be the ultimate couch potato.
On the remote control part, which fits just perfectly in you hand, you have – the Laser pointer button, contextual menu button, a power button (controls your computer), a 4-way thumb joystick to control the cursor (like on a game pad), left and right mouse button, six standard music / video media control buttons (play, fwd, rwd, stop, etc) and up / down scroll buttons.
There really isn’t anything else you need to control your computer remotely. Those of you that are Playstation / X Box / Nintendo gamers will immediately feel at home with the thumb joystick /mouse. If you aren’t accustomed to “mousing” this way, it really isn’t hard to get used to.