For those who have ample space at their desk, a slim sized keyboard is not really a necessity. However, if space is an issue, or you simply don't want a bulky keyboard, you might want to take a look at smaller sized keyboards. The coolermaster eak-us1 is one of the more attractive small-sized keyboards.
The keyboard is packed in a simple cardboard box with no accesories. Since it's a usb-only keyboard, it would have been a wise choice to include a usb>ps2 connector. Be sure to have a free usb port. Coolermaster has been stingy with protection: small box and no bubblewrap. I wouldn't trust this package to the local post service.
It certainly has way more appeal than any other keyboard i've ever seen: black keys, aluminium housing, no-nonsense layout. The finish is excellent, the keys are made from high quality plastic, and the housing is made from pretty thick (3mm) brushed aluminium.
It's a pitty coolermaster used cheap green indicator leds, white or blue leds would have been far more fancy without losing it's style. The Coolermaster logo isn't too special either.Size:
It is certainly smaller than the average desktop keyboard. If it wouldn't be equipped with a numpad. it would have been equally sized to a notebook keyboard. this is certainly a good thing for ppl who are looking for a small sized, light weighing keyboard. The small size does not necessairely mean its harder to type, it's only a bigger challange for the manufacturer to make a good layout.
It might not look much smaller as an average desktop keyboard, every inch matters if you've got little space.