Chill Micro Keyboard FAQ:
How do I get the best operating range?
To get the best possible operating range and less lag, you should consider the following:
- The included Bluetooth Dongle and most standard built-in BT modules offer basic signal strength and are more sensitive to radio interference from other equipment.
- Wireless signals do not travel well through obstacles (especially metal). Try to keep the dongle visible.
- All other wireless radio signals in the air like DECT Phones, Wi-Fi Routers, Doorbells, baby monitors, LED/Plasma TV, Keyboard/Mouse, Microwaves etc. will all cause interference lowering the signal quality and thereby range.
To improve signal strength and range further you can upgrade to a good quality Class 1 rated Bluetooth Dongle instead for the KB-1BT.
(Even though Class 1 is specified up to 100 mtr. range, you will not achieve such in real life. However it should give you some extra meters and/or a stronger signal with less lag).
The Signal quality and range are determined by the Bluetooth host/dongle, not the Keyboard itself.
I cannot activate the Android driver software on my older HTC Android device?
The Android driver software are only needed for older Android 2/3 devices. Newer devices will connect through the regular Bluetooth settings.
Unfortunately HTC have a problem with the Bluetooth HID implementation on older models with HTC Sense (ex. HTC Desire, Desire HD, Desire S, Desire Z etc.), so no Bluetooth HID based devices will currently work on these.
The limitation is not related to the Keyboard or Android, or even the HTC Device itself - but to the HTC Sense software/ROM installed. The problem also affects all other Bluetooth HID devices you might try to connect.
Please check with your vendor if your Android Device support the Bluetooth HID Profile or can be updated with proper support.
How can I customize Android keyboard/mouse settings to my preference?
Android 3.x/4.x have USB Keyboard/mouse support out-of-the-box, but options for customization is fairly limited. Secondly, many Android Device manufactures tend to modify and/or limit the capabilities within Google Android.
By using a 3rd party app such as: "External Keyboard Helper Pro" from Google Play store, you can expand the keyboard/mouse capabilitites within your Android Device. Choose your desired Keyboard language, and in 'Advanced settings' activate 'Detect USB Keyboard'. Depending on your Android device you might also want to add a 'Detection Delay' of for example 4 seconds.
There is also a free demo of External Keyboard Helper available for testing purposes (Spacebar will add Demo message everytime pressed) as well as documentation/tutorial. Chill have no relations to this App.
How can I customize Windows keyboard/mouse settings to my preference?
Keyboard and Mouse (touchpad) settings are soley controlled by the host (windows) built-in settings and capabilities. Here you can typically adjust mouse/touchpad sensitivity, click speed, scroll speed etc.
If using a regular mouse together with a touchpad keyboard simultaneously, you often might prefer different settings for both. If individual settings are not supported by the host / software, you can try to use 3rd party apps such as "EitherMouse" to override various limitations.
Do Chill Micro keyboards also work with Mac products?
The Chill KB-1RF Mini Keyboard will work with any Mac product, which support regular USB Keyboard & mouse (not suited for iPhone/iPad). For KB-1BT Bluetooth Mini Keyboard you should be able to connect this if your Mac have built-in Bluetooth HID support (suited for iPhone/iPad, but notice that iOS does not have any mouse support, and thereby also the Touchpad). Not all Mac products will detect the included USB Bluetooth dongle though, so KB-1RF might be the safer choice for Mac Mini / Pro.
Mac uses slightly different key mapping for certain keys compared to PC. If you want to fully control the keyboard layout you can use a free 3rd party utility such as DoubleCommand.
How does the Chill Micro Keyboards differ from cheaper alternatives?
The Chill Micro keyboards comes with high quality components, so even though it might look fairly similar to other alternatives - it is not!
The Chill Micro Keyboards are equipped with a A-Grade Lithium-Polymer battery adopted from hi-end Cell phone industry. This gives you longer lasting power and the ability to charge it whenever you like (does not need to be fully depleted for better results). Secondly, and more importantly - Cheaper batteries have a very short lifetime. Even after a few re-charges they will start to degrade rapidly.
The Chill Micro Keyboards also comes with high quality Radio/Bluetooth chips offering superior communication range/stability compared to cheaper alternatives.
Finally the Chill Micro Keyboards are also equipped with high quality capacitors and LED's etc. for longer lasting operation and better overall experience.
So it is up to you to decide, if you are looking for a cheap gadget or a high quality Micro Keyboard intended to be used?!
Does the Chill Micro Keyboard has any Home Theater (HTPC) advantages over regular keyboards?
Yes, besides the compact design the Keyboard also have some unique design features optimized for HTPC use:
- When you use it as a HTPC remote, you normally do not need to navigate a mouse cursor, but need to navigate within menus of the Media software. This explains the left/right mouse placement!:
Our design will function much better, as the Mouse buttons works as selection buttons with left hand (or a right hand tap on the Touchpad), and the Touchpad and Page Down/Up then slides through pages/menus. Thereby you can operate much faster and very easy with your two thumbs.
- The ability to rotate the Touchpad, is intended for single hand use in HTPC and presentations - just like a regular Remote:
You can then navigate inside the menus with the Touchpad, the Page Up/Down and also access all the Multimedia buttons single handed. A tap on the mouse pad will then trigger the left mouse button, which is used for selections and Page Up/Down for scroll/changing page etc. Very convenient!
Which version should I choose, the Bluetooth or the 2.4G RF based?
If you primarily intend to use it on a PC / HTPC (Windows, Linux or Mac) at shorter range we suggest the 2.4G RF based versions, since these are pure Plug&Play (No drivers and setup needed). They also work in BIOS and support Wake-on-USB.
If you intend to use it on other devices with no USB Keyboard support (Smartphones, Tablet PC's etc), the Bluetooth HID versions offer wider compatibility. It is also possible to extend operating range further with stronger Bluetooth Dongles (Class 1). Bluetooth devices need pairing with the host and is therefore Driver/Setup dependant.
Will the battery be easily depleted if I forget to turn off the Keyboard and/or the Backlight?
No! If you activate the Backlight, it will automatically turn off during inactivity. Next time you start typing, it will automatically turn on again.
After 30 minutes of inactivity the Keyboard will automatically go into Standby to preserve Power. Just press any key to wake up the keyboard.
Can I input F9, F10, F11 and F12 commands on the KB-1RF Mini Keyboard?
We have added shortcuts for these commands on recent KB-1RF / KB-1BT versions (even not printed on the keys). Press Fn+F for F9, Fn+G for F10, Fn+H for F11 and Fn+J for F12.