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Gear Head Windows Navigator Keyboard

March 18, 2007

I recently purchased the Gear Head Windows Navigator Keyboard from Amazon.  It was one of the more inexpensive USB keyboards with a conventional function key layout.

Gear Head Windows Navigator Keyboard (USB)

I was pleasantly surprised to find that the the extra multimedia and shortcut keys were well laid out and useful. I was less pleasantly surprised to find that the keyboard lies flatter than I would prefer.

The most serious problem with the keyboard, however, is that it seems incapable of producing combinations of the Windows key with other keys. This is a problem in Vista. For example to get the Flip 3D effect required hitting Windows+Tab. Using that combination with this keyboard produces only a Tab.

I have written to Amazon to let them know about this defect. It will be interesting to see what if anything can be done about this as I can’t seem to track down any information from the manufacturer (the keyboard indicates it is made in China) on the web.

Update: It turns out I had not enabled aero on this PC and that was causing the problem not the keyboard, evidently the default on a clean install is to have aero turned off. In contrast, the laptop that I purchaser with Vista pre-installed, had aero turned on out of the box.

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