Ace KUC500 Slick Touch Keyboard

Our toughts on the Ace Kuc500

Today we are taking a look at another Ace product, this time we got a keyboard on the test bench. Will this work well together with the Ace mouse we reviewed a few days ago? How will this keyboard work vs Logitech and Microsoft keyboards that have been dominating the market for a longer period? Let’s have a closer look to see what we can come up with.

About Ace:
Ace launched its first line of cases and power supplies spring 2006, since then, we have become a well knowned and popular brand on the market. Our focus is to offer our market products that fit the need of an everyday user, without high price but with good quality. In 2008, Ace will launch its 3rd generation of products, feel free to browse our homepage to find out more about these.

Specifications:
USB connection
Slim keyboard design
Flat keys
Multimedia buttons
Built in USB-hub, 2 ports
Fullsize

The product:

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The keyboard comes packed in a similar box to the mouse with the same color scheme and a big picture of the device itself on the box. Now I have to point out straight away that this is one of the slimmest keyboards I have ever seen. If you are in the market for something slim and sleek looking for your setup this might be a good choice whatever our conclusion is.

The right picture will show you a closer look on the keyboard itself, you got media buttons on the top to make usage and the the keyboard itself is made in a glossy piano black color to match the mouse that they also released recently.

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The media buttons on the top of the keyboard will make it easier for you to listen to music and surf the net. The media buttons are divided to three sections where the left and right sections are meant for surfing the net and the middle part handles music and volume controls. We can for example see that on the left section you will be able to go back and forward in your browser or list up your favorites.

The middle section as said before is for music or sounds in general, you will be able to go through the songs control the volume in variosu ways or just mute the volume if you so decide.

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I think I almost mentioned everything about the middle section so lets focus on the right picture which is the right section of the media buttons. Here you have a quick button to search, home, e-mail and even the sleep button. Now I wish the sleep button was protected or lower than the other buttons so you won’t accidentely hit it.

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The keyboard feels nice to type on and the keys are easy to push down, although when pushing the buttons in the middle of the keyboard it gives in a bit and gets pushed down a few millimeters. I think they would have been better of reinforcing the middle part of the keyboard. Both of the sides have one USB plugin each and that is why this unit has two USB cable that you need to plug in. The keyboard works of course without the USB ports being connected but I find them to be very useful.

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The keyboard has two legs that can be flipped up to change the angle that the keyboard will lay in. They feel like they can whitstand quite a bit of beating. Something very nice with this keyboard is that it has two extra keys for a norwegian or danish setup so they can get all their keys even on the keyboard and not only in windows.

Conclusion:
This keyboard works great overall, but there is usually at least one ‘but’ though and with this keyboard it is that when you push the keys in the middle it actually pushes down the whole keyboard a few millimeters. Compared to Logitech or Microsoft´s lower end keyboards do not do this, and when you type for a longer period of time they feel a bit more comfortable as the keyboard don’t flex. I like the idea of the two USB plugins on the sides and the keyboard looks very nice with the glossy black finish. The keys are nice to type on but they dont make a bit of noise which I know alot of readers have asked about in earlier keyboard reviews. Overall though I dont think this keyboard will cost more than around 20$ which is what most users can afford so I am sure this will sell quite a bit due to the nice and slick design.

Pros:
+ Good looking
+ Well priced
+ USB ports
+ Slim

Cons:
– Middle of the keyboard

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