Apr 17 2014

News - Microsoft Releases New Wireless Keyboard for Couch Users

Microsoft is releasing a new All-in-One Media Keyboard (N9Z-00001) for people that want to use their computers from the couch. It has a built in touch pad and a 30 foot range. They are calling it a media keyboard, it doesn't look like it is full size, but it would be a great option for all of the HTPC users. Check it out and let us know what you think. Looks like it will be out in a few weeks based off Amazon listing. MSRP $39.95 and this Keyboard will work with Smart TV's and Game Consoles too.


The All-in-One Media Keyboard is the perfect device for your living room or home office. It has a full-size keyset and an integrated multi-touch trackpad – type, swipe, drag, zoom, and click with ease. It has customizable media hotkeys that put the web and your favorite music, photos, and movies at your fingertips. The keyboard also has a durable design, so there's no need to sweat the bumps, drops, or spills of everyday life. The All-in-One Media Keyboard is all you need for comfortable typing and effortless navigation.

Microsoft Site

Jan 19 2012

News - Arctic Cooling K481 Keyboard Reviewed

Arctic Cooling K481

Many HTPC owners tend to be of two minds about keyboards. On the one hand, building an HTPC that can be operated entirely with a remote control can be a point of pride, but the reality is that in most cases, there is a time and a place for a keyboard. Some folks try to split the difference with a mini-keyboard, but thumb-typing is not for everyone. I've been running with an Enermax Aurora for a few years now, and though it is a nice keyboard, the trackball has always been a bit less than ideal. The Arctic Cooling 481 combines a laptop-sized keyboard with a side-mounted trackpad. Though it appears to be smaller than many of the similar keyboards we have seen, it seems it is still big enough to lack the backlit keys that have become commonplace on mini-keyboards. I do like that Arctic Cooling was smart enough to fit in the arrow keys. It's hard to imagine running most media front-ends without them.

The touch pad is multitouch capable and K481 uses some kind power saving mechanisms to improve the battery time. Arctic cooling advertises K481 to be Windows 2000 / ME / XP / Vista / 7 / Mac OS X compatible, but as K481 shows as a generic HID-device to the operating system, I don’t see a reason why K481 shouldn’t work with any USB-keyboard capable operating system. 


Jun 14 2011

News - diamond design Dune Keyboard

I've been recommending the Logitech DiNovo Mini for quite some time now, but it's fairly expensive at over $100 so it's good to see finally an alternative worthy of being mentioned.


Using the keyboard with my Dune players was easy to , simply plug in the RF receiver into the USB port on the Dune, power up the keyboard remote, and you are ready to go. Navigating around was equally as easy. The trackpad can be used to navigate around the UI, or you can simply use the directional keys. One feature in particular that the Dune players come with is a web browser, something that the Dune Keyboard would seem perfectly suited for. I loaded up the web browser and to my surprise the browser combined with the keyboard worked extremely well. The keys felt very comfortable and I found it very easy to type without feeling like I was pressing multiple buttons at once. Since the keyboard can be backlit I never had to worry about seeing the keys, something that is a major failure with the Boxee Box remote.


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