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Xebec Tech HTPC Bluetooth and Onyx Bluetooth keyboards review

Xebec Tech also supplies the Onyx keyboard inside an understated, white cardboard box. Once again, the artistic theme is limited on a picture of the device itself.

Inside the box, the keyboard is very well packed and wrapped inside a soft cloth-alike synthetic bag.

As expected, the bundle is quite frugal as we could only find a very basic manual and a micro-USB cable which the keyboard is using for charging.

As we mentioned in our introduction, the Onyx is about the size of a netbook keyboard; even perhaps a little smaller. Although the smaller size compared to a full-size keyboard is confusing at first, the user's fingers should adjusted in minutes when it comes to basic typing, although you still will have to look at the keyboard when typing special characters and/or accessing special functions at first. In order to save some space, Xebec Tech removed a few keys, such as the right CTRL key.

Interestingly enough, the Onyx offers the possibility to have 15 keys functioning as a numeric keypad by clicking on the Num Lock button, much like with older notebooks and netbooks. Furthermore, the arrow buttons will also function as page navigation buttons.

Three LED lights can be found at the lowermost right side of the keyboard. The first LED is the Num Lock indicator, which also serves as the Bluetooth pairing indicator, the second one is the CAPS lock indicator, which also doubles as a charging indicator and the third one is the Scroll lock indicator which is also used as a low battery warning light.

For those who would like to use this keyboard on a desk, Xebec Tech installed four anti-skid rubber pads, one at each edge of the keyboard. Considering the keyboard's size and weight, it is highly unlikely that it will ever move while sitting on a wooded or glass surface. At the bottom of the keyboard there is also an on/off button and a pairing button.

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