It’s clear that EFO’s Wireless PC remote works great for practical jokes. Just secretly plug the receiver of this wireless keyboard/trackpad combo into a workstation’s USB port; your victim will wonder why their computer is typing out text and moving the mouse pointer on its own.
But how does EFO’s flagship product do as a PC remote, meant for businessmen who want to control presentations from a distance, and home theater owners needing direct control over their HTPCs from the comfort of their couch? While the touchpad works great, and perfectly mimics the functionality of its laptop counterparts (including a double-tap to double-click), the thumb board needs some work.
It’s practically impossible to type quickly on the PC remote’s small keyboard, since the keys are simply too flat and “clicky”. EFO would do well to make the keys bulge out of the unit, so that they’re easier to press, and make the button motion smoother—just like the thumb boards on easy to use phones like the E63.
Based on the package I received from EFO, the manufacturer should work on its packaging. Having no problems opening the case is a great thing, but spending some money on high-quality paper backing and manuals would go a long way in EFO’s branding push.
Ultimately, EFO’s offering is a very useful gadget, and not just a toy or prank device. The wireless keyboard range is long enough to allow full control over a PC located across the room, and being able to charge the internal battery with the included 4-pin USB cable is a welcome convenience. All that’s needed is some work on the keyboard and the overall presentation of the product.
One last thing however: EFO also sent me a wired PC remote. Its functionality and form factor is practically the same as the product I’ve reviewed here, but you need to plug it into a computer with a USB cable. The cable’s length is a bit limited, and I really can’t see why EFO continues to sell a wired PC remote keyboard. At the ranges the cable allows, it makes much more sense to use an actual keyboard and mouse.