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What do you use to control your HTPC?

post #1 of 22
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I am still putting together my first HTPC, and I am wondering how best to go about managing the controls. Having a regular old wireless keyboard and mouse just sitting around on the coffee table all the time seems like a lot of bulk that would just get in the way. So I was thinking of something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rii-mini-Mini-wi...item230e15b8c6

Is this what most people use to control their HTPC? If not, what should I be looking at? Some kind of TV tuner card that comes with a remote? But then when you want to search Hulu, what would you use to enter the text?
post #2 of 22
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Originally Posted by WaycoolJr View Post

I am still putting together my first HTPC, and I am wondering how best to go about managing the controls. Having a regular old wireless keyboard and mouse just sitting around on the coffee table all the time seems like a lot of bulk that would just get in the way. So I was thinking of something like this:

http://cgi.ebay.com/Rii-mini-Mini-wi...item230e15b8c6

Is this what most people use to control their HTPC? If not, what should I be looking at? Some kind of TV tuner card that comes with a remote? But then when you want to search Hulu, what would you use to enter the text?

I use a remote that came with my tuner card. HULU and netflix and others bring up a on screen keyboard that works good for searching.

I keep a wired keyboard and mouse pluged in for very rare use. Mostly I remote log in to update software and such...
post #3 of 22
i use a rosewill MCE remote.

I also have a MS wireless desktop keyboard/mouse that sits in the av cabinet. My kid likes to use the mouse more than the remote.

for on-screen typing, i've been using mobi mouse on my BB phone.
post #4 of 22
I use an HP wmc remote and the rosewill wmc remote in the bedroom. Also both have a wireless mouse and keyboard tucked away.
post #5 of 22
I use the wireless mouse and keyboard that came with my Revo. I also mostly use web based apps through Google Chrome, so the keyboard and mouse work best.
post #6 of 22
depends on what you plan to use the HTPC to do. I use Logitech DiNovo Mini. It's a very compact keyboard and trackpad combo, which can also act as navigation cursor like on regular remotes. It's not cheap, but it works well once you learn it. It's not a good experience for working in the OS and want not. But for some light browsing, and moving around in Plex, MC, XMBC, Boxee, and so forth, it's nice.

It works for me becuase I use MCE, XMBC, Boxee, Hulu desktop app, and need use certain websites for streaming services such as NFL, NBA, NFL, and MotoGP. It looks like another remote on table. Here's a size comparison shot I did when I first got mine:

post #7 of 22
There's an iPad app named, "Screens." I just got it to work with my Mac, but one can use it with a PC or Linux box, too.

I also have one of these:
http://www.amazon.com/Unisen-iPazzPo.../dp/B003V19G8M
post #8 of 22
I use a harmony 890 RF remote and my iphone(airmouse pro app) for keyboard/ mouse use. The iphone works great.
post #9 of 22
I'm also a fan of the DiNovo Mini keyboard/mouse combo. It's a dual-thumb device, much like a current smartphone/ipad which makes it a natural feel.

This is not, however a full sized keyboard and trying to type a full-out thread/email reply is as slow on the mini as it would be on your iPhone.
post #10 of 22
Sorted by most frequently used:
Microsoft MediaCenter Remote (programmed remote control volume to control A/V Receiver volume)

Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard
half the price of Logitech DiNovo
iPad vmcMote for music without turning on the TV
Harmony One (used the least...)
post #11 of 22
I just use a wireless xbox pad that's setup with a windows control profile.
post #12 of 22
Phillips Pronto TSU-9400
post #13 of 22
Ipod touch with Hipporemote Pro App
post #14 of 22
Harmony One for all media interaction. I'm of the camp that if I need a keyboard and mouse to use my HTPC, I'm doing something wrong.

I have a diNovo Edge which works great if I need to do PC-stuff on the box, and my wife uses it for customer presentations.
post #15 of 22
Harmony 688. FWIW there is a WMC SE that has more functions such as discrete power on/off. Lenovo mini handles occasional keyboard needs.
post #16 of 22
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Originally Posted by luma View Post

Harmony One for all media interaction. I'm of the camp that if I need a keyboard and mouse to use my HTPC, I'm doing something wrong.

This is kind off what I am shooting for. I don't really do any surfing on the HTPC so I don't really need a keyboard. I use my H1 for pretty much everything media related.

Most of my maintenance/setup is accomplished via RDP or Teamviewer.
post #17 of 22
I'm using a Logitech mk320 wireless keyboard and it's pretty nice, I almost went for the DiNovo Mini pictured above but I figured it might be a good idea to have a full sized keyboard laying around. I use my setup for gaming so that was another reason. Like a few of you guys pointed out it really depends on what your gonna be using your system for.
post #18 of 22
I would like to use only 1 remote, but I am running XBMC and Slingplayer. XBMC responds to common MCE commands, but Slingplayer doesn't. I currently have an EZ Commander remote, as it has a built in track ball, and that let's me switch between apps and control Slingplayer's onscreen virtual remote.

Slingplayer has keystrokes to control various functions, so something like EventGhost would work for it, but using it would break XBMC.

I would love to hear if anybody else has the same problem as me and any good solutions. The only thing I can think of is if there were some way to launch Slingplayer from XBMC, and have XBMC re-open when I exit Slingplayer. Then have something like a Logitech Harmony with one device for the MCE remote, and the other device set up for EventGhost to control Slingplayer. Would something like this be possible?
post #19 of 22
I mostly use a logitech wireless keyboard and mouse (the model escapes me, however it looks like the LX310)
Sometimes I use my iPod Touch. There are three free apps that control XBMC and I use them with the Touch.
But mostly I use the keyboard.
I wanna get the dinovo mini one day but waiting on a reasonable price. If I see it below $100 then I would buy it in a heartbeat.
post #20 of 22
Well, I tried a number of devices. I used a gyro mouse, but just didn't feel comfortable using it.... and it isn't easy to use for the rest of family. I have a WMC remote, but it doesn't get used much anymore.

Some people will blast you for just using a wireless keyboard and mouse (and may even deem your HTPC just a PC ), but I find it easier to just use a wireless mouse. It will easily handle 95% of the functions. for the rest there is the keyboard. When I forget where I put the keyboard or am too lazy to get it from the other couch, I will usually bring up the virtual keyboard and click what I need.

Just use what you are comfortable with, and don't feel like you have to use X brand remote.

What makes an HTPC is its functions and not the way it looks for is interfaced with.
post #21 of 22
I use a URC MX-810 RF Remote for all normal activities. For things like maintenance and the odd times I need to use a keyboard/mouse, I have a monitor/keyboard/mouse setup on my bar that's at the back of my home theater.
post #22 of 22
I use a little usb touchscreen. Mouse and keyboard in one

Soitjes.
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