The Genius SlimStar 820 is one of a kind keyboard that includes a solar panel to draw on energy from light sources and then to recharge the unit's built-in battery. The panel located on the top right is adjustable to absorb as much light as possible. Other than this unique feature, the SlimStar 820 seems like an ordinary keyboard with tons of multimedia hot-keys. Importantly, the keyboard is hybrid powered. In the absence of any light, the USB cable charger can take over. The solar-panel doesn't recharge the 1600dpi laser mouse which uses 4 AA batteries that are pretty harmful to the environment. The good news is the batteries last up to 15 months.
Wireless keyboards have become so commonplace it is easy to forget that they have a big weakness, how to power the keyboard. Most keyboards use batteries and even though they might last several months on a fresh set, it is still annoying, not to mention a problem for the environment. Ordinary batteries can also be fitted with SlimStar to ensure the keyboard keeps working if there is not enough light and the fixed battery runs out. There are plenty of shortcut keys on the keyboard, including the all-The important volume and media player controls. There shortcut buttons for Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Messenger, Internet Explorer and email. Copy, Paste, Save and Print shortcuts are very useful. As much as a good selection of shortcut keys is important, other decisions have not benefited the keyboard. The Function keys are much smaller then ordinary keys, which we did not like. Sadly the keyboard was not as comfortable to type at as we would like.
The mouse is not rechargeable and so has no environmental benefit. It has a laser sensor and a sideways scrolling wheel so is likely to be an upgrade from the basic batteries supplied with computer. The only other extra is a button for locking the computer. A useful tool but not much faster than just pressing the Windows key and L. The USB adapter clips into the mouse
SlimStar is a new innovative 2.4GHz wireless laser desktop combo. Awarded with 2007 CES innovation honor, the desktop combo has included with a wireless solar keyboard and a power saving laser mouse.
The SlimStar 820 Solargizer is the product of true innovation that enhances your PC operation and complies with the green protection concept. This unique product is in the forefront of a new technology that you wont want to miss out on.