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What's the best way to navigate, type and otherwise control a htpc absent a full keyboard/mouse?

I have a logitech K400 but it's pretty unsatisfactory. It's bulky, keyboard is meh, mousepad is meh.
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Wireless, I use the Logitech K360 with my NUC, which is my HTPC...
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What exactly are you doing on the HTPC? Controlling XBMC or Plex? Browsing the internet?

I use a Logitech Harmony remote to control my XBMC and haven't had any issues with it. If I ever need to do anything outside XBMC, I use a K400 and have zero issues with it. The first one I bought had terrible signal strength and issues receiving my inputs. I returned it to Best Buy and got a new one and I haven't had any issues since with it. You need to make sure you have clear line of sight to your Logitech dongle or the keyboard is very spotty. It has a hard time being read through my entertainment system (I built it myself out of solid oak).
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What exactly are you doing on the HTPC? Controlling XBMC or Plex? Browsing the internet?

I use a Logitech Harmony remote to control my XBMC and haven't had any issues with it. If I ever need to do anything outside XBMC, I use a K400 and have zero issues with it. The first one I bought had terrible signal strength and issues receiving my inputs. I returned it to Best Buy and got a new one and I haven't had any issues since with it. You need to make sure you have clear line of sight to your Logitech dongle or the keyboard is very spotty. It has a hard time being read through my entertainment system (I built it myself out of solid oak).


Mostly just browsing the internet and watching videos. I would like something I can type on and navigate with though, preferably in as unobtrusive a form factor as possible.
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You can always try something like this.

Yes, something like this is exactly what I have in mind.

Has anyone used these? Are some better than others, do some have thumb sticks? Is something like this the best option?
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Subbed, been interested in these little keyboard/trackpad combos for awhile but unwilling to buy six of'm
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post #8 of 12
I have a mele f10. If you program the keys in Kodi's keymap.xml it works perfect, i love it. Outside of Kodi i use a simple logitech wireless keyboard+mouse combo.
+ i have a logitech dinovo mini for youtube
+ 2x retro NES controller for NES games in Kodi
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post #9 of 12
K400 is great dude. I have one. My aunt has one. They rock. It has zero issues. What do you expect out of a $30 wireless keybo/trackpad? It works. You're not gaming with it. Keyboard is sheisty membrane but good 'nuff. Keep your money and keep your k400.
post #10 of 12
I use a 360 controller to navigate around Xbmc, and my smartphone for the rare occasions that I would need the mouse, but then again I don't use my HTPC for anything other than home theater stuff
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