In today’s day and age, people are turning more and more to digital sources for their entertainment. Gone are the days of renting a DVD or purchasing the latest CD which has not been replaced with streaming and download the latest movies and music via the internet. This is the main reason why media players are so common place in people’s homes nowadays. Media players give you a simple and intuitive way of accessing your digital content from the comfort of your couch, the problem however is that although the media players are simple and intuitive, the included remote controls are generally anything but. This is where companies such as Riitek come in. Riitek offers some of the most affordable and feature rich remote controls that are designs to improve your experience using media players. Today we are going to take a look at one of the most popular offerings from Riitek, the Rii i8+ keyboard. What makes this keyboard so popular? Let’s jump into our Rii i8+ review and take a look.
Rii i8+ Review – What’s in the Box?
Upon opening the packaging you will find the following inside:
- 1 x Rii i8+ Keyboard
- 1 x Receiver
- 1 x USB Cable
- 1 x User Manual
The Rii i8+ is One of the Most Popular Keyboards in the Market, and for Good Reason
Removing the Rii i8+ from its packaging I was instantly impressed with its size and weight. The Rii i8+ fits comfortably in your hands and you can tell that Riitek has thought carefully about its design. The i8 is lightweight but does not feel cheap at all. Riitek has clearly gone for a different design style with the i8 that is very different to what one would normally expect a remote control to look like. It is intended to be used easily with two hands with all keys reachable by your thumbs without needing to reposition your hands. The Rii i8+ plus keyboard is available in a range of colours including black, green, blue, white and yellow.
The Rii i8+ contains all the key functions that you should require for your media player and comes with a QWERTY keyboard layout that allows you to type easily. This is great as using a standard remote to type using an onscreen keyboard is a real pain. Also included in the keyboard are navigational keys, media control keys and mouse functionality.
One big plus side to the Rii i8+ is the inclusion of the trackpad. The trackpad makes it very easy to navigate your media player and is especially great to have when you are running an android app that int exactly designed to be used on the TV. Tapping the track pad once functions as a left click of a mouse, double tapping is right click and two finger dragging is for page scroll.
The Rii i8+ comes with an inbuilt battery that is rechargeable using the included charge cable. The i8+ charges quickly, taking only a few hours to fully charge and the battery life on the keyboard is fantastic.
Navigating the Android interface and controlling my media from within Kodi was easy and problem free. The Rii i8+, thanks to its track pad, allowed me to move the cursor around the screen and the touch gestures and physical left and right click buttons meant that I could interact easily with all elements on screen..
- RF mode: 2.4GHz GFSK
- Receiver style: Nano
- Power supply: rechargeable 280mAh polymer lithium-ion battery
- Operation voltage: 3.7V
- Weight: 109g
- Size: 148mm x 97mm x18.5mm
Where to Buy
If you are looking for a new keyboard that is designed to be used from the comfort of your couch then you can pick the Rii i8+ up from the Riitek website for $23USD.