Looking for a keyboard for my HTPC...
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October 12, 2012, 12:14 AM
Join Date: Oct 2012
This is my favourite HTPC keyboard and the remote works fabulously with Windows Media Center.
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The keyboard has sensual sculpted curves. It looks good and when you pick it up, it just feels natural and familiar. You can cradle it like a giant XBOX controller. The shoulder button on the right is for the left mouse button and a combination scroll wheel/middle-click mouse buttons is on the left shoulder. The optical trackball is under your right thumb and the left and right mouse buttons are under your the left. I found this to be a perfect position for point and click Web browsing.
The same sculpted shape fits it comfortably on your lap for serious typing. Or if you prefer, 4 soft rubber feet hold it tenaciously to any flat surface with the keyboard angled slightly up. The keys are arranged in the standard notebook layout. The keys are a little mushy and don't have the clikity-clack of a full-sized keyboard. I find that throws off my touch typing.
But, if that isn't enough, they throw in a pretty good MCE compatible remote control. Although the buttons are a little small, there seems to be one for every imaginable MCE function: My TV, Music, Photos, Video, Live and Recorded TV, DVD and Guide. You may find the small buttons and labels a problem in dim light. I found the layout intuitive to memorize. The remote also has a trackball and left/right mouse buttons. The number pad does not support triple-press text entry in MCE dialog boxes.
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