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I am just setting up my HTPC and my IOGEAR wireless keyboard has been a little disappointing in cutting out, so I am in no rush as it functions fine but thinking of replacement options.

For strictly media I will use my Harmony remote, the keyboard would be for the light internet searching/browsing and playing poker.

I love look of the Dinovo but wondering if it's awesome small size might be more of a hindrance having to hold the unit instead of a full size just resting on your lap.

So what's everyone using, and what are your thoughts on the subject? ... Thanks
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post #2 of 20 Old 09-26-2012, 05:34 AM
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I use this:

http://www.gyration.com/products/air-mouse-elite-with-low-profile-keyboard
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dinovo edge although I wouldn't buy an expensive cool/sleek looking keyboard again. I'd just get any wireless keyboard and a separate mouse that has the range. I got the edge initially because I wanted something that looked nice since at the time I had the keyboard out in view all the time. Now, I don't really do that and the looks of the keyboard doesn't matter to me anymore.
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There's another thread about keyboards and my post was about the BTC 9116 I've used for years in my theatre. Recently I bought a Logitech K400 from my local Staples - it retails for $39.99 and they had a $10 discount on-line and a hard coupon for $25 off a $39.99 item... bought it for $4.95 + sales tax! I couldn't pass that deal up and keep it in my bedroom for an off occasion I need a keyboard, or when performing maintanence on the system. Several have looked at the Lenovo 5902 with its backlit keyboard and others like the tiny ones Amazon is selling.
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Logitech K400 mini KB/trackpad:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126264

 

Relatively inexpensive and responsive.\\

 

Has a handy pwr on/off switch, which is good for me, as I have 2 cats that like to jump on the coffee table and 'bump' the mouse/kb.

 

I run a little USB extender cable out from the back on my HTPC into the front of my TV stand, and then have the K400's USB dongle plugged into the extender. Looks okay.


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Logitech K400 mini KB/trackpad:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16823126264

Relatively inexpensive and responsive.\\

Has a handy pwr on/off switch, which is good for me, as I have 2 cats that like to jump on the coffee table and 'bump' the mouse/kb.

I run a little USB extender cable out from the back on my HTPC into the front of my TV stand, and then have the K400's USB dongle plugged into the extender. Looks okay.
+1 this keyboard is great for a HTPC, I don't use it for normal HTPC media watching, but its great when you need to use the HTPC as a computer.

Staples had a steal on them a while ago where you could get one for $5 if you had the right coupon combination.

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I'm done with crappy wireless keyboards. HippoRemote on iOS or droid is the way to go.
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Nothing.

Actually, it's not nothing, it's my laptop.

z2 Remote2PC client on my laptop, on HTPC - server..

Works great!biggrin.gif

Good time to buy computers and computer parts: NEVER
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I picked up two Logitech diNovo mini's on eBay for each of my media center PC's (paid ~$50 total). I've been very happy with them. I don't do gaming or heavy browsing on them (I have other computers for that). What pleased me most is watching my 6-year old son absolutely flying along with it with only a minutes-worth of training. I'm also impressed with the range. I can control music from outside on my deck about 30 feet from the source with it.
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+1 on the Logitech K400. Great range & response, & it has a touchpad.
Not as small as some of those mini keyboards, but not as large as a full size either.
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Logitech K400
Rosewill RRC-126

found those two to be a great, inexpensive addition for HTPC
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For most tasks, I use:

 

Harmony 700 Universal Remote

 

that I have programmed with some basic mousing functionality. I also use

 

Azio KB338BP Bluetooth Keyboard/Trackpad

 

when a keyboard is needed.


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For most tasks, I use:

Harmony 700 Universal Remote

I've always been a bit leery about the rechargeable harmony remotes. How is it working out for you? Is the range good? how long can you go on a single charge?
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IIRC, I got about a month on my 700's. Range was very good. It has a couple of LEDs at diverging angles, so coverage is very wide. You only get a few days per charge on a One, so the 700 is much better in that regard. The 700 can also take regular alkalines if you prefer. Just don't plug it in the charger. The biggest drawback is the low device count. And, like all harmonys, the macro capability (sequences) sucks.
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Hi, ajkrishock. I have had my Harmony 700 for about 10 months now, and I absolutely love it. On the other hand, my wife does not. Then again, my wife would make an excellent candidate for product testing. If there is a wrong way to use a product or a way to break a carefully conceived work flow, then she will find it. ;-) It's a very handy remote because not only can you program in your AV components, you can also program in a Media Center PC and a Media Center Keyboard, and you can add the keyboard device to any of your activities. So, I'm able to send keyboard keys from the remote. I do not have any problems with range or with battery life. I generally just plug it in each Sunday night to keep it fully charged. I think the specs say that a full charge should last approximately 10 days.


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+1 this keyboard is great for a HTPC, I don't use it for normal HTPC media watching, but its great when you need to use the HTPC as a computer.
Staples had a steal on them a while ago where you could get one for $5 if you had the right coupon combination.

+2 on the K400!

@Bizzy: Have you tried using no extender? I have the USB dongle plugged in the back of my case and have zero problems in response.

Cheers
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I got my K400 for $5 thanks to a $25 off and price match the web at Staples. The wife likes our full size Rosewill keyboard and mouse though.
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I started out with an HP Wirelless mini key board. The trackball went bad. I replaced it with an SIIG Wireless mini multimedia trackball keyboard. It functions erratically. I am going to replace it with a Microsoft Wireless Desktop 2000.
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I have a DiNovo Edge which is very nice, but I also have been using this Sony PS3 bluetooth keyboard which is pretty awesome. eBay is the only place I've seen to buy them. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Official-Sony-PS3-Bluetooth-Wireless-Keyboard-New-Sealed-Fast-Dispatch-/300638902945?pt=UK_Keyboards_Keypads&hash=item45ff799aa1
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