14Boxee Remote LogoThe search for a HTPC remote-keyboard

I’ve been looking for a new (more versatile) remote control for my HTPC. At the moment I have to use a full-size keyboard as the remote control has no such facility. I’ve been looking for a suitable remote control with keyboard, and whilst I haven’t yet found quite the right thing I have found some interesting products…


If anyone knows of any more please post a comment below. Personally I’m hoping to see something for HTPC’s (i.e. Win 7 Media Center, etc.) that is like a cross between the sky remote and the boxee remote (the full-featured remote control like the sky has, but dual-sided like the boxee rather than flip open). A rollerball or “n****e” for mouse control would round it off beautifully 🙂

The boxee remote with keyboard on reverse (now available on amazon US)Boxee DSM-22 QWERTY Remote Control
The Brooklyn Keymote for PS3Brooklyn Keymote QWERTY Remote Control

The Sky NavigatorSky Navigator QWERTY Remote Control
Vizio TV remoteVizio TV QWERTY Remote Control
Lenovo Mini HTPC keyboard
Lenovo Multimedia QWERTY Remote Control
EFO Keyboard
EFO QWERTY Remote Control
Logitech DiNovo Mini
Logitech DiNovo Mini QWERTY Remote Control

Update 1…
Keysonic Wireless Mini Keyboard (cheers to Jonathan for this one – see comments on this post)
Keysonic Wireless Mini Keyboard QWERTY Remote Control
Update 2…
The iGugu InterneTV QWERTY Remote
iGugu InterneTV QWERTY Remote ControlPS3 3-in-1 remote
Sony PlayStation 3 3-in-1 QWERTY Remote ControlAnother PS3 3-in-1 Remote
Sony PlayStation 3 3-in-1 QWERTY Remote Control
Update 3…
Archos DRV RemoteArchos DVR QWERTY Remote Control
Tivo sliding remote
Tivo Sliding QWERTY Remote ControlStarHub RemoteStarHub QWERTY Remote Control

The On1 remote (can’t find any more info on this, just a pic)On1 QWERTY Remote Control
Rii mini wireless keyboard
Rii Mini Wireless QWERTY Remote ControlOld skool IBX100 internet.tv remote
IBX100J InterneTV QWERTY Remote Control
Update 4…

Philips Home Control DualPhilips Home Control Dual QWERTY Remote Control

Motorola NYXBoard<a href=Motorola NYXBoard QWERTY Remote Control" width="300" height="162">

Update 5 (16-Dec-2010)…

Gyration remote control (mouse by movement, but no keyboard)Gyration QWERTY Remote Control

Update 6 (10-Jan-2011)…

Philips uWand Remote (cheers to Michael Stepanov)Philips uWand QWERTY Remote Control

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gravatarJon Scaife

I finally gave up waiting for somewhere in the UK to sell the boxee remote (also known as the D-Link DSM-22) and ordered one from Amazon in the US. Means I have to pay shipping and import duty, and wait about 2 weeks for it to come. Still it was only £40 in total, not too bad

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gravatarJon Scaife

No promises on any of these working on a PC I’m afraid, it’s just a list of remote controls with keyboard. There may be 3rd party projects on the net that can get some of them working of course. That looks like a pretty decent remote to me. If it weren’t for the fact that the boxee remote is now available (via Amazon US) I’d probably get one. Cheers for the link!

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gravatarfbc3s6x

Hi Jon, You list the Archos DRV Remote, but does it work with a PC? If so I will give it a try. What I have been using recently with Windows 7 is the SC-504 2.4Ghz Wireless Media Centre Trackball Remote. Works fine and I love that it has mouse and arrow keys. But a standard keyboard layout instead of the phone-style one would have been more useful. Regards, M8

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gravatarJon Scaife

I’ve added the Philips uWand which looks excellent, especially as the technology will be licensed. Just a shame it isn’t likely to hit the market for another 12 months.

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gravatarJon Scaife

Cheers for that link Richard, but that looks like a fairly common full sized wireless keyboard + touchpad offering – not what I’m looking for unfortunately. I’m looking for something that is primarily a 1-hand-operated remote control with standard remote control buttons. With the addition of a keyboard for occasional use typing in names of programs I want to record. I wonder if a microphone and voice recognition would do the trick with a standard remote control? That would be impressive 🙂

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gravatarJon Scaife

So the boxee remote can now be had from Amazon in the US. Hopefully the UK will soon follow.I’ve also added another new remote I encountered. It doesn’t have a keyboard – but it does have the equivalent of a mouse, and it does support RF.

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gravatarGeet

Jon, Agreed, it’s not really in the same class, but the motion mouse pointer is cool. It was what I was going to buy beforehand, and for me, using plex on my mac it just lacked the normal “lets watch TV” remote features. I really like the look of the boxee remote, but also once again, not enough buttons, I use a the apple remote now and have programmed it with click, double click and long click for each button, so a fair amount of options (I don’t need a number pad with plex) but I do need to type into searches a lot. I think it will come down to boxee remote, Philips Home Control Dual or the Tivo sliding remote. I would need to remove the tivo branding and such since it annoys me, but a pretty nice feeling remote, all the needed buttons and I like the slide out keyboard. Still waiting for more information to be released on the home control dual.. still no price or release date that I can find. From just look or reviews, which is your favourite from the above list? Geet Jacobs

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gravatarJon Scaife

Cheers for the info Geet. Sadly it doesn’t provide remote control functionality, it is a novel wireless keyboard/mouse though. This post is really to keep track of devices that are primarily remote controls that in addition offer a qwerty keyboard. It’s still useful to know of related products though, thanks!

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gravatarGeet Jacobs

Hey there, another one is missing a lot of the normal remote feel, but has wii type wireless mouse action. Fly-Mouse 2.4GHz wireless keyboard. Image here

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gravatarJon Scaife

Well, Boxee are finally getting ready to release the Boxee Box, in the US at least, in November. Hopefully it will be worldwide not US only. And hopefully the remote will be available separately. Other than that, I still haven’t found anything, but I’m still looking.

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gravatarJon Scaife

Agreed on the use of RF! Most remotes have a power button which can be fairly easily set up to wake the PC from standby which is what I (and I guess most other HTPCers) use. The product you mention doesn’t seem to have a power button. I wonder if its possible to remap a different key to act as one though? Sadly as yet I haven’t managed to figure out anything particularly good. I wondered if it was possible to get a generic IR receiver and use the sky remote via some 3rd party software. Whilst it seems possible in theory, I can’t find any details of it working in practice, and the software available looks complicated and time consuming to figure out. Maybe when I’ve got more time to experiment…

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gravatarJonathan

I would be interested if you find something suitable. I’ve got something similar to the Keysonic ACK-540RF. It’s OK on your lap, but rubbish to pick up and use because you’ve got to hold it with one hand and peck at the keys with the other. For me, a really good remote would be similar to your description above + use RF not IR, and be able to switch the PC on & off (although I may need to rewire the on/off switch to do this).

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