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Sunbeamtech Pro Series Illuminated Keyboard - Page 1 of 2
Posted: August 12, 2005
Author: Jason Kohrs
Manufacturer: Sunbeamtech
Source: Sunbeamtech
Purchase: Xoxide
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Sunbeamtech has released a flood of new computer products this year including items such as cases, coolers, mod items, and input devices. The one thing all of these different items seem to have in common is a bit of flair provided by some sort of lighting. The Pro Series Illuminated Keyboard is one of the latest releases from Sunbeamtech, and helps the end user to get one step closer to having everything in their system glow.

The Pro Series Illuminated Keyboard is a full size model available in both black and silver. The promotional image above gives us a quick look at the black unit provided for review, but let's take a closer look.

Features (taken from the Sunbeamtech website):

PS/2 Interface
FULL-Size Keyboard
Volume Control Keys
Internet Hot Keys
Translucent white keys
Blue EL film lights up keys
On/Off switch to control light
133 Keys
Compatible with all Windows operating systems

The Basics:

The Sunbeamtech keyboard is sold in the packaging shown below. Tons of details are provided, as well as a good look at the device itself. What was interesting to me is that the only reference to this being a Sunbeamtech product is provided on a small metallic sticker placed on the top of the box. Without this sticker you have a generic product, and it is apparent that this device is intended for an OEM market.

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The below left image takes a closer look at some of the details the box provides for the various function keys. In addition to the typical QWERTY keyboard keys, there are many extra buttons to be used as shortcuts and multimedia controls. The below right image shows the balance of what is included with the keyboard; a brief user's manual and a driver CD.

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Below we have an overview of the whole keyboard. The black housing holds the full sized set of translucent white keys in addition to the various black and silver multi-function buttons. The near edge of the keyboard has a bit of lip molded into it, which I suppose is intended to function like a wrist rest of sorts. It is a bit small to be functional, and although it looks sleek, it does add to the overall width, depth, and height which could be a problem for those trying to use this in a keyboard drawer.

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The images below take a closer look at some of the extra features found on the keyboard. You have a variety of multi-function keys, as well as a translucent scroll wheel. This item functions like the scroll wheel on a mouse to enable easy browsing in documents, etc.

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The image below shows off the bottom of the keyboard. Generally there is nothing interesting about the bottom of the keyboard, but there are a few things worth noting at this point. The cable for keyboard can be seen in this shot, and it should be noted that it provides a PS/2 connection only. No USB connection, and no USB adaptor is provided with the keyboard. In addition, this view also shows that the scroll wheel sticks out of the bottom (now on the right), and there is something that looks like a battery compartment (in the center).

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The two images below provide a closer look at the features noticed in the image above. The battery compartment is obviously intended for a different model, as there is no need for batteries in this keyboard and there aren't even any terminals within the compartment. Keep this secret location in mind for any small contraband you may have!

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