Some of the keyboards I have tested here on TechPowerUp definitely belong to the high-end market. Such keyboards tend to be quite nice, but are also priced higher than most of our readers could really justify easily. One of the things I want to do by covering keyboards here, among other things, is to draw attention to items most media tend to ignore. I was in fact surprised Genius already even had an entry in the TechPowerUp company database (albeit because of CES coverage from a decade ago). When their marketing representative contacted me about doing a review, I had to look them up, and I liked what I saw. Hopefully, you will too as we begin our review of the SlimStar 8008 combo, and thanks again to them for providing a review sample.
I was in two minds about whether to place this in the keyboards or couch-gaming category given this is a combo kit that comes with a keyboard and mouse. However, I defer to Ino for his excellent mice reviews here and, given they are separate units that make more sense on a desk regardless, I will be covering the keyboard in more detail to only use the mouse as appropriate. The image above does a good job of telling you that the keyboard is low in profile, and the specifications below confirm the use of membrane switches and flat, chiclet-style keycaps. However, Genius claims this is a smart keyboard, and there is more to that we will explore further.
|Genius SlimStar 8008|
|Keyboard Layout:||104-key full size form factor in modified US ANSI layout|
|Mouse Layout:||Three button + scroll wheel|
|Keyboard Material:||ABS plastic case and keycaps|
|Weight:||Keyboard- 0.6 kg / 1.3 lbs; Mouse- 0.06 Kg / 0.13 lbs|
|Media Keys:||Available as an assigned function|
|Dimensions:||Keyboard- 134 x 454 x 28 mm; Mouse- 58 x 100 x 38 mm|
|Keyboard Switch Type:||Low profile membrane switch|
|Interface:||2.4 GHz wireless|