Mini keyboards were originally only of interest to HTPC users, but now that the iPad supports bluetooth keyboards, we have another reason to take a look at what's available. These compact gadget helpers can make inputting text easier—some are geared more toward home media center use while others can be used with your iPad, smartphone, or PS3. Here are just a few of the better looking mini keyboard options out there.
iTiny Bluetooth Keyboard: As indicated by its name, the iTiny is geared toward use with iDevices such as the iPhone and iPad. However is compatible with most smartphones (supporting Android, Windows Mobile, and Nokia's Symbian platforms), the Playstation 3, and a number of other bluetooth enabled devices. At 2" x 5", this pocket-sized keyboard is extremely portable and will fit comfortably in the palm of your hand. With constant use its 200mAh rechargeable Li-ion battery should last you a good 50 hours. Once the battery is spent, it can be recharged via USB. No word yet on an official release date, but we can't wait to get our hands on this little guy.
Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard: This wireless keyboard and mouse combo (connected through a USB nano dongle) has a unique ergonomic design and Windows multimedia control. With a trackball, keyboard, and control distance of up to 10 meters, this device is a convenient solution for HTPC setups in particular. Unfortunately, this multimedia remote lacks backlit keys, but if that's something you can do without, it could be a great addition to your media center.
Logitech diNovo Mini: This sleek mini keyboard features Bluetooth 2.0 and wireless control from up to 30 feet away, making it perfect for not only smartphone use but for PC home entertainment as well. Its integrated dual-purpose ClickPad makes it easy to make selections while looking through menus, and its backlit keys conveniently serve their purpose in low light conditions. The diNovo uses rechargeable Li-ion batteries and can go up to one month between charges.
Wireless Mini Multimedia Keyboard with Touchpad for Windows & Mac: While not the best looking keyboard of the bunch, this tiny guy is worth mentioning because of its unique design and practical use. Like the love child of a gameboy and blackberry, this form factor should feel like home for the RIM toting crowd. It has a large trackpad, backlit keys, and is an inexpensive option at $39.
Rii Mini Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad: Like the diNovo, the Rii Mini has a built-in track pad and dedicated navigation keys with backlighting. The Rii one ups the diNovo by adding a laser pointer (kinda cheesy, but we'll take it). The Rii can be rotated and used candy bar style like a normal remote. Coming in at a reasonable $62, this mini keyboard is a strong contender for the perfect media center remote.