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So I'm going to be putting together a HTPC for my folks in the not too distant future and of course I need it to have a wireless KB/mouse/trackpad. However, a lot of reviews on the mini KB's, whether they're $30 or $130, all seem to have the same problem. They lose connectivity a lot, then stop being recognized and so on.

So are there any good mini backlit keyboards out there?
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I believe you saw my post in another thread about the [ame="http://www.amazon.com/Superior-Wireless-Keyboard-removable-adjustable/dp/B004I4SSCQ"]Rii Touch N7[/ame]. I was weary about trying it out myself as I had read the reviews about it losing connection and etc... I've owned mine for a few months now and it's still working great. The keyboard does go into a power save mode when idle and often times it won't instantly kick back out of it when you start typing, I think this is what most reviewers are complaining about. The solution is to flick the switch off and on again. I avoid the issue by simply turning it off while not in use.

Another common issue seems to be a dying battery. As with any rechargeable battery, you risk killing the battery if you constantly drain or leave it in the drained state for too long. I try to charge my mine every few days. Fortunately the N7's battery is removable and a replacement is rather cheap, ~$5.

The older version of this keyboard with the touchpad to the right is often counter-fitted and I believe it contributes to the reason why people give it bad reviews about connectivity and range. Mine is genuine and I can use it about 40ft away with direct line of sight. I would buy it either from Amazon directly, or through the third party Loftek who is an authorized dealer.
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Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard (N5902).

Great form factor, good conectivity, backlite, scroll bar, and optical Trackpoint for ~$40 on sale.

A big advatange over the Rii is that it allows for one hand mouse operation. I have the older N5901 model without backlighting but 2xAAA batteries last for a few months.

N5902_1_470x3301.jpg
Edited by DuckieHo - 10/20/11 at 9:41am
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Originally Posted by skkhai;15381930 
I believe you saw my post in another thread about the Rii Touch N7. I was weary about trying it out myself as I had read the reviews about it losing connection and etc... I've owned mine for a few months now and it's still working great. The keyboard does go into a power save mode when idle and often times it won't instantly kick back out of it when you start typing, I think this is what most reviewers are complaining about. The solution is to flick the switch off and on again. I avoid the issue by simply turning it off while not in use.

Another common issue seems to be a dying battery. As with any rechargeable battery, you risk killing the battery if you constantly drain or leave it in the drained state for too long. I try to charge my mine every few days. Fortunately the N7's battery is removable and a replacement is rather cheap, ~$5.

The older version of this keyboard with the touchpad to the right is often counter-fitted and I believe it contributes to the reason why people give it bad reviews about connectivity and range. Mine is genuine and I can use it about 40ft away with direct line of sight. I would buy it either from Amazon directly, or through the third party Loftek who is an authorized dealer.

I use this too.. great keyboard.. only thing it's missing is arrow keys.
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post #5 of 15
Checkout the Logitech diNovo Mini
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Mudfrog;15382117 
I use this too.. great keyboard.. only thing it's missing is arrow keys.

It does have arrow keys... The silver ring around the browser shortcut key is a functional d-pad.
Edited by skkhai - 10/20/11 at 10:21am
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Originally Posted by skkhai;15381930 
I believe you saw my post in another thread about the Rii Touch N7. I was weary about trying it out myself as I had read the reviews about it losing connection and etc... I've owned mine for a few months now and it's still working great. The keyboard does go into a power save mode when idle and often times it won't instantly kick back out of it when you start typing, I think this is what most reviewers are complaining about. The solution is to flick the switch off and on again. I avoid the issue by simply turning it off while not in use.

Another common issue seems to be a dying battery. As with any rechargeable battery, you risk killing the battery if you constantly drain or leave it in the drained state for too long. I try to charge my mine every few days. Fortunately the N7's battery is removable and a replacement is rather cheap, ~$5.

The older version of this keyboard with the touchpad to the right is often counter-fitted and I believe it contributes to the reason why people give it bad reviews about connectivity and range. Mine is genuine and I can use it about 40ft away with direct line of sight. I would buy it either from Amazon directly, or through the third party Loftek who is an authorized dealer.
I've read about that one. It looked pretty good and had the features I liked. However, after reading some reviews, it seems as though a lot of people have had connectivity issues with it. Or that their HTPC's would stop recognizing it and so forth. I liked that one as it looks to be fairly ergonomic and it reminded me of the VisionTek candybar.
I checked out the Visiontek Candybar mini KB at a store yesterday, even they couldn't get it to connect. I really liked the size and shape --it looked like a remote. Then I checked reviews about it. Randomly dropped signal, interference from other wireless devices, stopped being recognized at all, even connected by USB, has made me shy away from it.

I read about similar things about the N7. But I'll definitely keep my mind open about it.
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo;15381959 
Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard (N5902).

Great form factor, good conectivity, backlite, scroll bar, and optical Trackpoint for ~$40 on sale.

A big advatange over the Rii is that it allows for one hand mouse operation. I have the older N5901 model without backlighting but 2xAAA batteries last for a few months.

N5902_1_470x3301.jpg
That looks really nice Duckie. Where is it on sale @ for $40? I rad about the older version and it seemed to be plagued by the same issues as all of the other mini wireless KB's. I'll research it more later. Thanks for the suggestions. thumb.gif
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Originally Posted by MakubeX;15382165 
Checkout the Logitech diNovo Mini

I just looked at that one before I made this thread, and for the price of it, and still has connectivity issues, I'll pass. Thanks for the suggestion though.
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Originally Posted by BlackOmega;15383337 
I've read about that one. It looked pretty good and had the features I liked. However, after reading some reviews, it seems as though a lot of people have had connectivity issues with it. Or that their HTPC's would stop recognizing it and so forth. I liked that one as it looks to be fairly ergonomic and it reminded me of the VisionTek candybar.
I checked out the Visiontek Candybar mini KB at a store yesterday, even they couldn't get it to connect. I really liked the size and shape --it looked like a remote. Then I checked reviews about it. Randomly dropped signal, interference from other wireless devices, stopped being recognized at all, even connected by USB, has made me shy away from it.

I read about similar things about the N7. But I'll definitely keep my mind open about it.

That looks really nice Duckie. Where is it on sale @ for $40? I rad about the older version and it seemed to be plagued by the same issues as all of the other mini wireless KB's. I'll research it more later. Thanks for the suggestions. thumb.gif

I have both of these.. the mouse buttons stopped working on the Lenovo frown.gif
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Originally Posted by Mudfrog;15383580 
I have both of these.. the mouse buttons stopped working on the Lenovo frown.gif

Whats the warranty on the Lenovo?

Could you also give me your "review" of the N7? Things like how long have you had it, any issues you've had or didnt have that others have complained about and so forth.
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Link to deal on Lenovo.

I have the older model with the trackball and have never had a connectivity issue with it. My biggest gripe with it were no backlight and sloppy trackball, both of which have been addressed.
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