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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 HTPCکے (یعنی. جیت 7 میڈیا سینٹر, وغیرہ) 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 ٹی وی ریموٹVizio 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 NYX­boardMotorola NYXboard QWERTY Remote Control

اپ ڈیٹ 5 (16-Dec-2010)...

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

اپ ڈیٹ 6 (10-جنوری 2011)...

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

اپنے آپ سے کچھ خیالات کو مل گیا? تبصرہ کی طرف سے ذیل میں اپنے آپ کو ملوث! آپ کے سبسکرائب کرنا چاہتے ہیں تو سب سے اوپر دائیں مینو پر لنک سبسکرائب استعمال کریں. آپ بھی ذیل سماجی روابط کا استعمال کرتے ہوئے کی طرف سے اپنے دوستوں کے ساتھ اس کا اشتراک کر سکتے ہیں. چیرس.

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Gravatar کےجان Scaife

I finally gave up wait­ing for some­where in the برطانیہ 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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Gravatar کےجان 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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Gravatar کےجان 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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Gravatar کےجان Scaife

So the boxee remote can now be had from Amazon in the US. Hope­fully the برطانیہ 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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Gravatar کےGeet

جان, 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 ٹی وی” 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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Gravatar کےجان 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, شکریہ!

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Gravatar کےجان Scaife

ٹھیک ہے, 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. اس کے علاوہ, I still haven’t found any­thing, but I’m still look­ing.

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Gravatar کےجان 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) استعمال. 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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Gravatar کےJonathan

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. میرے لئے, a really good remote would be sim­il­ar to your descrip­tion above + use RF not IR, and be able to switch the PC on & بند (although I may need to rewire the on/off switch to do this).

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