Discussion in 'Computer Peripherals & Consumables' started by Ferry, Aug 4, 2005.
Can anyone recommend a remote keyboard with built in mouse/trackball for use with MCE?
I've got a BTC 9019URF Keyboard from HERE The mouse stick is adequate for occasional surfing/use.
me too !
I ordered mine from pcnextday - £21.80 delivered.
Theres a thread about remote keyboards either in this forum or the parent PC forum, most alternatives are much more pricey. The stick is indeed adequate, can take a while to move from one side of the screen to the other (not as fast as spinning a trackball or moving a mouse) but I find it fine. I've been back about 4-5 meters from the TV (clear view, no walls etc) without running into any problems, its a nice comfy design without the need to have 2 pieces for RF control (seperate keyboard & mouse), and does everything I need for a reasonable price.
Very happy with the MS Desktop Elite for Bluetooth, keyboard has MCE controls and trackball, Mouse is excellent, can use from 6 metres away, very good for Gaming I've found, about £75, but excellent quality.
Does that BTC keyboard have a button to turn the PC on?
Also, is there an infra red version available anywhere, so that I can program a few useful keys into my Mosaic remote.
Edit: and with PS2 connectors rather than USB
no. don't think i've ever seen a remote device that'll allow power-on switching for a PC, it needs a physical switch onto the motherboard doesn't it? - plus any reciever will need power from the main unit.
On ATX systems (Which is basically anything higher than a Pentium II, as well as a few Pentiums) it is possible to power the system on with a keypress, though it is motherboard specific.
Some have a "Keyboard 98" option, where the keyboard specifically has a power on button, like on certain Apple Macs. Some let you define a hotkey, typically Ctrl+F1 and some let you define a password which, when typed powers on the system. I typically set the password to " " for this purpose.
The motherboard supplies power to the PS/2 ports in order to make this work. It also supplies power to PCI cards too IIRC, which is how Wake-On-Lan can function
There's usually a setting in the BIOS setup that allows you to power up on a keypress - you could try that.
I have a BTC 9116 - it's similar to the 9019 but more compact (notebook like keyboard) - I'd recommend that too
My personal favourite is still the old Gyration ultra as it still feels like a mouse
might just wait on this
comes out next month
Yes.... I want that one....
Keep us updated on pricing and availability
Much more about the new Microsoft MCE Remote Keyboard here
The BTC 9116 is also USB is it not?
Have you ever used it in DOS 6 and if so does it work, and does the mouse work?
No entertainment PC will be complete without the ability to run Worms 1 and Micro Machines 1
Oh yes...that looks the business.
You can wake from USB - Some BIOS have it ans an option (you may need to change a 'motherbaord power USB' jumper too). Theres then a patch you need to install (have a look at your MB driver disk it might be on there) for USB wakeup
And there's this in the not too distant future, which could allow you to do away with a keyboard altogether, almost.
Replace a keyboard..... how so?
Well if it actually works you can write with it letters in the air if you get what I mean I seen this on the gadget show I would prefer a keyboard though I can type faster than I can write
looks a nice alternative to the mce remote ... but if I'm waving it round for mouse movement (write letters in the air, please return to planet earth ! ) then I'm probably surfing or running some PC maintance, in either case I wouldn't want to multitap the numbers for text entry - thats fine for the few bits that need to be done in MCE but not when it comes to tapping out a url, or a drive\dir path.
Cool - hours of fun
Indeed. I don't really use my media PC for browsing though, and when I do maintenance I remote desktop into it from another machine. I think it will be great to have an MCE specific remote that can also be used as a mouse and to control all your other AV equipment and TV as well. And I can keep my ultracompact gyration keyboard tucked under my sofa should the need for any serious typing ever arise.
Just received an email from the manufacturers of this, looks like early part of next year for release if you were interested in this.
We thank you for your interest in Gyration "A THOMSON Brand" and Gyration's products.
In regards of our Media Center Remote Control, we would like to make you aware that for European and international markets, the MCR product launch is scheduled for H1 2006 and should be available for OEM business also.
We keep your data in our records and will inform you accordingly once more and precise information's available.
Many thanks in advance for your kind comprehension.
Lothar R. HANF
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