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Back in October, we reported on the FAVI Wireless Bluetooth mini keyboard. It’s the latest untethered input device from FAVI. Recently the device has added the “Smart Stick” moniker to its existing name, offering full compatibility with the company’s new Smart Stick HDMI plug-in that throws web content up on your favorite new SmartTV. We can’t speak much about the Smart Stick and how well it holds hands with the Mini Wireless Keyboard. But we can give you the geek-laden skinny on just about everything else concerning this new wireless toy, which could be the best keyboard of its size for PCs.
The FAVI Smart Stick Mini Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard is a powerful little tool and comes with its own Bluetooth dongle hidden away in a compartment on the back of the keyboard. This is great for desktop PCs where onboard Bluetooth is often not included. With the two, you can wirelessly take command of any Bluetooth-enabled device, including desktop PCs, tablets, smartphones, etc. Plus a back-light can be activated for night use or general low-light environments. If you like a gaming keyboard with a tenkeyless design and brilliant per-key LED backlighting, check out our Corsair K63 review.
Every single aspect of a traditional keyboard is here plus some. All the alternate function buttons are present, F1 through F12, dedicated media functions, Cap Locks, PageUp/Down, and more. The top right of the portion features several LED indicators for Bluetooth charging, battery life, etc. Charge it up with the included USB cable. A full charge for a dead battery takes about 4-hours. Incidentally, in a week I think I have charged this little gem a total of “1-time!” The sucker has stamina. Would you like to experience Call of Duty, Apex Legends, or Black Ops 4 in a totally new way? Use the Gamesir VX.
The FAVI mini keyboard can also retire your mouse. So, there’s no need for a wireless keyboard/mouse combo. It features buttons for mouse left- and right-click and an entire touchpad to manipulate the mouse cursor remotely as well. As if that weren’t enough, it can also enhance your presentations with its embedded laser pointer. Just hold down the button on the right and voila…laser pointer activated! Alternatively, you can use the laser to drive your house cat absolutely bonkers. They love chasing those things.
My two biggest gripes about the FAVI are the light-weight near-flimsy feel and the touchpad becomes increasingly more inaccurate, the further you get from the receiving Bluetooth device. Neither of these is deal breakers. The receiving problems are status quo biz for Bluetooth devices. Additionally, if you have a better stronger Bluetooth dongle/adapter then you can use that to connect the FAVI Mini Bluetooth keyboard with noticeably expanded receiving range and performance.
Beyond these issues, the little wireless input device is exceedingly useful and rather fun to use. The buttons are responsive and typing on the FAVI SmartStick Mini Bluetooth Wireless Keyboard is speedy and intuitive. The keys give slight tactile feedback to let you know they have been actuated, which helps with the ease of typing on such a small device.
The battery life is astounding and the number of uses is quite nearly limitless. You can find a similarly long battery life with the Logitech K750 wireless keyboard, because it uses solar. I use the FAVI to open programs, control media playback applications and to give my cat a thorough workout. Moving forward I hope FAVI can include a better receiving Bluetooth adapter and add a bit more heft to the package–an assortment of color choices might be a nice touch as well. But what we have for a sub $50 price point is a powerful tool that puts all of your computing input needs remotely in the palm of your hand.
Bottom Line: This is a powerful wireless input device that needs a sandwich to fatten it up. But really who can complain? The functionality for the price equals a no-brainer.
The FAVI SmartStick Mini Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard is available for $31.87 on Amazon.com!