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Item#: N82E16823721004

Cideko AK08 Air Keyboard Conqueror All-in-one Keyboard

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Ludovic N.
  • 2/11/2013 3:47:13 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsgood on paper

Pros: Nice on paper.

Cons: Some connectivity issues (forcing to reconnect)
No so great on long term use, I got back to keyboard and mouse for my HTPC

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  • Kirsten C.
  • 11/22/2012 11:44:37 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggssmall details

Pros: it works, keys can be programmed. works with htpc and p3s/ retails too high.. more like a 6o dollar controller. its kind of like a ps3 controller with the xbox chat pad.

Cons: i have used this for about a year now... major downside for htpc is that the keyboard doesnt illuminate... really hard to type in the dark after a movie or show ends, or at night.. i turn off the gyro and just use the mouse simulation with the right and left stick. sometimes when typing too fast, keys dont register. if my controlleror computer goes to sleep i have to go back in the av map program and click start again... this only happens every once and a while.... also when the remote goes to sleep, when i wake it the gyro is automatically on... i have to turn it off, and again when the keyboard isnt illuminated in the dark its hard to see... it would be nice to start the controller program and run it automatically everytime i turn on my pc... another downside is that there isnt a programmable map key application for mac... my mini would make a better htpc but the remote ties everything together with interfacing, and therfore is a big deal for me...

if all of the above were added, this would kill the market.

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  • Xavier S.
  • 11/8/2012 8:35:20 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs

Pros: -Good input device for a HTPC
-Fairly comfortable to use
-Gamepad face buttons well made
-Keyboard is easy to clean
-Will work out of the box with just about any Windows PC
-Gyromouse can be turned on and off at will
-Fully compatible with Pinnacle Game Profiler
-Power USB plug same as some digital cameras and can charge from a USB hub
-Good signal range

Cons: -Manual is stuck on a CD and isn't very informative
-Included software is pretty useless
-Right shoulder trigger button is kind of spongy
-Gyromouse button placement and labeling leave a lot to be desired
-Only one shift key, making some symbols a pain to type
-Pressing power button to shut off doesn't always work if controller is facing receiver
-Using buttons for triggers is kind of awkward for people used to Xbox controllers
-Doesn't work without an OS
-Randomly drops connection for short intervals

Other Thoughts: Bought this for a gaming/HTPC rig I was building since I wanted something that was easy to handle. Build quality is okay, although the dongle is somewhat fragile. I had it plugged into the front USB connector of my rig, but someone bumped into it and busted the metal USB connector shield. I MacGuyvered a solution by using a short USB extension cable plus some tape, but that shouldn't have been necessary to begin with.

Gamepad works well, especially if you have a program like Pinnacle to map the buttons, but some games like XCOM:Enemy Unknown will have some weird button swapping due to bad Xinput detection. The only problem is that you can't map controls to the mice buttons, although the F# buttons on the keyboard will still function.

One thing I have to recommend is finding a longer Mini USB cable. The one provided is just too short to be practical.

Overall, I think this is a good product that's useful for plenty of people, but I do wish some other companies tried their hand at producing something like this, just to see if someone could make a higher quality version that got rid of all the kinks.

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  • Bradley T.
  • 10/6/2012 10:03:43 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsCool idea, but intermittent connection ruins it

Pros: Cleans up your coffee table from wires and larger input devices. Easily customized, whether you use the provided software, or something more serious like Pinnacle Game Profiler or Xpadder. It has great range. It only takes a little while to get acclimated to text-style typing and gyroscopic mouse use. The concept and design of this device should've placed it on top of any controller ever made in history. Unfortunately, it's gleaming flaws have put it somewhere near the bottom.

Cons: Every fifteen minutes or so, the battery light turns on and the dang thing stops working. I don't know if it loses connection, if it's searching for a new channel, or what.. it just... *drops out*. You could be typing an email, you look up, and realize the last two sentences weren't received. It just sporadically stops working. If you wait 5 to 10 seconds, it always comes back on, but it's a *huge* pain if you're playing a game and it wigs out during a boss fight. That fact alone demoted this frustrating (and expensive) piece of plastic to "hand-held keyboard" from it's intended rank, "MMORPG controller". An intermittent game controller is UNACCEPTABLE. Before you assume I have had these issues due to distance from the receiver, be aware I tried to place the receiver right next to me and I had the exact same issue. Not to put a positive spin on it, but this thing acts the same whether it's two feet from the receiver or twenty. It's sensor range is actually kind of impressive.

Other Thoughts: Don't buy it. It's cool, but it's drawbacks only mean that this idea needs to be perfected by a better company. This would be the controller to end all controllers if it weren't intermittent. The feel, the shape, the design, the concept - all amazing, but cutting in and out is a deal-breaker. Can you imagine a 360 controller that just randomly ignored button presses for 5 seconds at a time? It's a wonder this thing isn't embedded in my wall.

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  • David G.
  • 8/24/2012 12:47:36 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsOut of the box and configured for gaming.

Pros: The controller and keyboard keys feel like they are mid-high quality. I like that you can turn the gyro off with a button press. (its the arrow pointer button lower left on the keyboard portion). It was complete plug and play, I didn't need the micro CD that came with it. I also used xpadder to configure the controller, it was recognized and set up without issue.

Cons: The recharging USB cable is only a couple of feet long, so if you ever run low on power you will need to be very close to your USB power source.

Other Thoughts: This is categorized in the keyboard/input device section. I believe that if more gamers knew this existed; you would sell many more of them.

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  • Justin T.
  • 6/30/2012 7:04:59 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

3 out of 5 eggsThe good, the bad, the ugly

Pros: physically: the product feels cheap for such an expensive device. Very plastic-y, the grey grips on the side are not rubberized (they should be), and they are not perfectly smooth where they meet the black (You can actually feel the line in your hands--you shouldn't). It is otherwise well thought-out, comfortable, and functional. The keys are spaced well and tactile, the buttons press smoothly, and the analog sticks track well. Glad they put a receiver slot in the bottom if I take it with me.

The keyboard: works well, rarely misses a press. chiclet keys that are great for rare-typing HTPC use.

The gyromouse: works well and clearly has a good sensor. The tracking works to a pixel or 2 on my 18' screen and is as good as any gyration I have used, but lacking an *easily* accessible toggle like gyration products have. The mouse button placement is fair, but (thankfully) you can remap the clicks to any gamepad button.

The gamepad: is good; the buttons have good tension,

Cons: USB charging: If you assume that this will turn it into a play and charge wired device, you are a fool like me. It *just* charges...you still have to play through the RF dongle.

RF: is decent, but fickle. Their antennae placement in *my version* (AK08b) @ ~15' away cut out sporadically. Really annoying. So at 15+ feet, make sure you hold the controller more horizontally.

The software also lets you map a thumbstick to mouse simulation. Useless, because it is non-adjustable. It moves ridiculously slow, with no speed setting or acceleration at all.

This device doesn't let you move the gyromouse when pressing a button. There should be an ability to turn this off, as this is a *CRITCIAL DESIGN FLAW*. The fact that you can't use the mouse and gamepad simultaneously takes most of the functionality of this combination design and throws it right out the friggin' window. This makes this controller *WORTHLESS* for any combination where you need mouse+gamepad.

gamepad + gyromouse = *F

Other Thoughts: There are so many combinations to this thing (possibly due to TM legal issues with Sony?) it's not even funny:

Regular buttons:
Squared or fully round (I would have preferred round)
numbers or numbers/PS shapes
Start button:
power logo or PS logo

Good luck predicting what you get!!

Their:
Documentation sucks
Website sucks
Background resident software sucks
So this device has some great features, and some really not-so-great. Cideko needs to fix their website, get all the models clarified, and fix the glaring flaw with the mouse+gamepad combo and thumbstick-mouse, which I suspect could be done with a software update. That software really needs fixing anyway.

Despite the not-so-great, if you are an HTPC user, or don't map buttons, or play Diablo III (or games like it), this piece of kit is a godsend.

If you just bought this $100 controller to play Diablo III, just remember that NewEgg doesn't let you return a box of plastic pieces--before you shatter this thing aga

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  • Jonathan S.
  • 4/28/2012 8:07:50 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

1 out of 5 eggsSo Far So Junk

Pros: Looks amazing if it worked.

Cons: Gyro stopped working within an hour - other than that I guess it works as a really small keyboard.

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  • Bryan H.
  • 1/18/2012 6:29:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsCool concept... Needs work

Pros: I like the way it feels, I thought that it was going to be bulky, but they did a good job at making it feel natural. Works great for web surfing an HTPC use.

Cons: It doesn't work with skyrim, crysis, mass effect 2... come on, really? why would you release a controller that isn't recognized by newer PC games? I tried to contact the company in Thailand and the u.s. distributor to ask about a driver update and I never heard back from either one... Also, the gyro is jumpy when making precise movements.

Other Thoughts: Like I said, Its a really cool idea, but it needs some serious work and maybe a name brand company with actual customer support to pick it up.

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  • Fadi A.
  • 1/17/2012 12:45:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

5 out of 5 eggsCideko Conqueror

Pros: I dont know what the guys below me are talking about, but I've had a completely opposite experiance, I got this airkeyboard for xmas and absolutely love it, the quality is very high and the functionality is very user friendly, its just plug and play, I just tred it on PS3 over the weekend and also cant say anything bad. If you have big hands like me and wanna use PS3 this devise is perfect, no more cramping for me. Also the Gyro can be turned off with a click of a button.

Cons: I am really trying to find one bad thing about it, but I cant so far. I wish it worked with all my digital devises like flushing the toilet while I am in bed. yes I have a digital toilet, dont be jealous.

Other Thoughts: I did a very simple google search to see where the company is based and they are out of Taiwan, a very respected company it seems and they also have a company in the U.S. who represents them, I will contact them if I ever have any issues in the future.

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  • Damian L.
  • 1/2/2012 3:51:22 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

1 out of 5 eggsDon't Trust this Company!

Pros: Nice plastic casing.

Cons: This company and its products are horrible. The buttons don't hold up to time, the controllers continue to move the mouse well after setting them down on a flat surface (eating up the batteries and annoying the owner at the same time), and customer service is impossible to contact. I mean IMPOSSIBLE. Try clicking the support link under the so-called "1 Year Warranty". Once you find an email address to send your queries to, you won't get a response. These guys are ghosts once you've bought your gear.

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