I also found that the connection can be a little finicky, and one does have to find the knack of getting an iPod to sit correctly. That said, this isn’t necessarily a problem with the keyboard and once you’ve got the idea there’s no great problem.
Further connectivity is provided by two USB ports, though neither is powered and both are only USB 1.1 compliant. These means you can’t use USB memory keys in them, though they are useful for such things as wireless mouse receivers or connections for other devices.
One of the pleasing things about the Pro|Type is the layout. Whereas many keyboards have media keys all bunched along the top, the Pro|Type has them sitting unobtrusively along each side. On the left is Power/Stand by and Homepage buttons, while further below these are image editing buttons with Rotate, Zoom and 100 per cent buttons to be used in conjunction with your chosen image editor.
Along the right edge are media control keys, for launching and controlling your chosen media player. The usual collection of Play/Pause, Stop, Next and Previous are all accounted for, along with Volume Control, Mute, and a Shuffle button. All these buttons are fairly diminutive, but they all have a quality feel to them – as does the whole keyboard.
Typing on the Pro|Type is a very pleasurable experience, with light, crisp and even keys that make long days of typing – of which there are many in the TR offices – easy and painless. Everything is nicely proportioned, keys are full sized but half the depth of the standard desktop variety, thus placing them somewhere between full sized desktop keys and laptop style ones like those found on Logitech’s diNovo Edge.
The Pro|Type also features ten programmable keys split into sets of five on the right and left of the keyboard. These can be programmed to open programs, or perform certain functions and shortcuts and the software allows for up to ten macro profiles. This means you can setup macros for specific programs and have them activate automatically when that program is launched or is active.