IOGEAR Quietus RF Desktop review: A mouse adds value to this high-quality keyboard

It gets the important things right, with keys that deliver terrific travel and many additional features.

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Rob Schultz

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At a Glance
  • IOGEAR Quietus RF Desktop

As the model name suggests, IOGEAR’S $39.95 ($26.89 on Amazon) Quietus RF Desktop (mouse included) aims to be used but not heard. Typing on this chiclet-style model is indeed pretty quiet—but not as quiet as other keyboards we’ve tried, such as Microsoft’s Designer Bluetooth keyboard.

Basic Features

  • Windows (limited functionality with Mac OS)
  • Wireless connectivity via USB receiver
  • One AAA battery
  • Advertised battery life of up to one year

The keys deliver terrific travel and a satisfying clicking sound. It didn’t matter whether I was typing lightly or pelting the keys, the Quietus responded in a way that I can only describe as snappy. Extending the legs gives the keyboard an extra lift, and this suited my preference.

iogear quietus rf desktop detail Rob Schultz

IOGEAR's Quietus RF Desktop may be quiet but is also just an all-around good keyboard. 

The 12 hotkeys, including instant access to track management, volume handling, and sleep mode, were handy. One quibble: the overly discreet Caps-lock key. When you press it, the LED glows red and disappears. When you press again to unlock, the LED blinks several times and disappears. Call me persnickety, but I would prefer a continuous, solid light to confirm that Caps-lock is on.

The Quietus RF Desktop may be selling itself a bit short. Sure, it's mellow-toned, but it's also a well-made, nicely designed keyboard. It's a good deal for forty bucks (or less, depending on where you shop), especially when you get a wireless mouse, too.

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At a Glance
  • This keyboard is, indeed, fairly quiet, but we appreciated the terrific travel and satisfying feedback of the keys even more. The bundled wireless mouse is a nice bonus.

    Pros

    • Great key feel, with solid travel and satisfying click
    • 12 hotkeys are very convenient
    • Wireless mouse is a nice bonus

    Cons

    • Caps Lock key indicator should stay on all the time
    • It's not remarkably quieter than other keyboards we've tried
  
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