Enermax Aurora Micro Keyboard

Posted by on Thursday, July 16, 2009 - 4:08pm

overviewThe new Aurora Micro is a lightweight portable version of the Premium. It is ideally meant for someone that does not have room for a regular-sized keyboard or maybe even for a HTPC build that you are planning on. Enermax describes it as the ideal Office keyboard. No matter what you decide to use it for, you can believe that it is rich with extra features. 

 

 

 

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Introduction to the Enermax Aurora Micro Keyboard

 

Before our unfortunate host server accident where we lost all our older reviews, we had the chance to review the Aurora Premium keyboard. The Aurora was a classy keyboard that reminded me of a large laptop keyboard. It was very responsive and looked great sitting on our desk top. I really couldn't think of a way to improve on the Aurora. Well now they have a new model, and what could they do to give it an edge over the older one? How about make it smaller?

The new Aurora Micro is a lightweight portable version of the Premium. It is ideally meant for someone that does not have room for a regular-sized keyboard or maybe even for a HTPC build that you are planning on. Enermax describes it as the ideal Office keyboard. No matter what you decide to use it for, you can believe that it is rich with extra features.

Enermax on the Aurora Micro

Aurora Micro is designed with Microsoft Office users in mind, the integrated Office Hot keys offer Office tools at your fingertips - Open, Save, Print, Cut, Copy and Paste functions and the Internet Hot keys allow users to easily access the Forward, Back, Search, Home, My Favorite and Mail.


Packaging and contents

I like the way Enermax decided to market the keyboard. Shipped in new a nice red and black box you can see a portion of the keyboard without even opening it.

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Specifications

Model

Aurora Micro KB006U-B

Aluminum Treatment

Brushed Aluminum with Diamond Cut Edges

Connectivity

USB 2.0

USB Hub

2 USB 2.0 Ports

Hot Keys

6 Office keys (Open+Save+Print+Cut+Copy+Paste)

6 Internet keys (Back+Forward+Search+Home+My Favorite+Mail)

Key Switch

Scissors Structure

Key Zone

1

Power Source

USB Bus Power +5V

Color

Black

Dimensions

L320mm xW183mm xH26mm

Weight

1.76lbs

Features
Brushed aluminum with diamond cut edges:the utmost in keyboard design
Windows Vista support:integrated Windows Vista Start Button
6 Office Hotkeys:integrated 6 Hot Keys(Open+ Save+ Print+ Cut+ Copy+ Paste)
6 dedicated Internet Hotkeys:Back + Forward+ Search+ Home+ My Favorite +Mail
“SCISSORS” key switch technology (patented):the most comfortable & responsive typing experience available today
10 million keystroke lifespan: built for years
2 high speed USB2.0 ports:for maximum connectivity right on your desk
3 height level rubbered stands:decide your perfect height for the best typing experience ever
Extended wrist rest:reducing typing stress & typing errors, while increasing comfort to your wrists
Industrial design & components:world leading engineering quality and lifetime
Everlasting key top printing:no bleaching out of key caps possible
Zero degree angle:increasing your typing experience
Flat key caps:shortest typing distance
Ultra flat profile:minimum height design
0.8kgs/ 1.76lbs heavy: it won’t move while typing
Instant connection: no driver necessary


Closer look

The Aurora Micro measures an incredible space saving 12.5 inches long. This is ideal for people just plain short on desktop space. I can also see purchasing the Micro for a HTPC setup where a wireless keyboard is not an option. Where ever you decide to use it, you are still guaranteed maximum desk space.

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The Micro is a very handsome little keyboard. The black brushed aluminum with hints of chrome flashing across it will sit well in any environment. Besides its good looks, the keyboard is very functional. There is no shortage of keys here as some are shared with other keys so the use of the shift, ctrl and fn keys will become common.

At the top of the keyboard are smaller keys: designated shortcuts for web browsing and document viewing. Between the two sets of cuts are blue LED lights that are assigned to cap, number and scroll lock. Just below these keys are the QWERTY keys and function keys. The rest of the keys are commonplace, except for the paging keys.

If you want to page up and down etc you will need to press Fn and whatever arrow key to lead you to your next designation. The Aurora Micro is short a standard number pad so one would have to use the number keys above the lettering. This is common with laptops that measure under 15".

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The keyboard is made at an angle for better comfort. And each side of the keyboard has one USB port for peripheral connections. Unlike the original Aurora we reviewed some time back, there are no audio ports on this model. Turn the keyboard over, we see there are five rubber feet to protect your furniture from the keyboard as well as two adjusting legs for height comfort.

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Testing of the Enermax Aurora Micro

I have being using the Micro for well over a month or so and immediately felt right at home with it. This could be largely due to the fact that I use a laptop for everything I do. Typing reviews and other documents, I was able to navigate across the keyboard without any issues. The fact that there is no number pad, when I am going through my spreadsheets was a but of a letdown. But then again this is a micro keyboard and you can't be a micro if you add another four inches to the side for a number pad.

One reason why I like keyboards like this and ones on laptops is for the short key strokes. The pressing of the keys are solid and short and this is due to the scissor structure. This allows me to type as fast as my skinny fingers will let me.

Gaming on this little monster was not so bad. Granted I am used to using a G11 for this purpose. The experience was different but very toleratable. I don't see anyone have any real issues using the Micro for this purpose but having a full sized keyboard is a better gaming experience.

Conclusion

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If you are a common user of laptops and other portable devices, then you will be more than pleased with the Enermax Aurora Micro. For those that are not fans of the short stroke keys of such keyboards, another keyboard would be a better fit. For me, I felt the keyboard was solid due to the aluminum structure, but it was more than that. The keys were sturdy, but they were also very responsive and quick. I guess the scissor technique underneath the keys really pays off.

The only drawback to the Micro is the location of the Home, End, Page Up and Down keys. They are FN keys attached to the direction arrows. This will cause some discomfort for people that use these keys on a regular basis.

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