One of the questions that comes up a lot when talking about home theater PCs, is what kind of mouse and/or keyboard to use? Remember that these computers are in the living room, so your gaming mouse won't look that good.
Home theater PCs (HTPC) aren't new, but they are slowly becoming the norm in more and more homes. It's just easier to use a computer as a base station to manage your media files, from music, to TV shows, and to movies. The cases have also become small and elegant, so you won't have a big old gray box in your living room. One of the most common questions we get is what kind of mouse or keyboard to use with a HTPC setup.
Most users tend to find using a remote to operate a computer quite clumsy. That's why GlideTV has just announced the Navigator. They claim it's the perfect mouse for couch surfers. The device is supported by Windows, OS X, PS3, as well as most standard set-top boxes that support mice. Naturally, this also means Linux. The device is a touchpad with a clickable surface as well as some handy features, such as one-thumb scrolling, and enter, esc, back buttons. It also has backlit buttons for playback and volume controls, making it handy in the dark. Some of the more handy features, such as an integrated search menu and an on-screen keyboard only work with Windows for now.
At $149, it's pricey. What do you use? Well, we think that the Navigator is a step in the right direction, but it isn't perfect. As an alternative, we'd suggest getting a mouse with a bunch of programmable buttons, something like a Logitech MX Revolution. You'd program most of the keys or functions that you need into the programmable buttons and you'd be ready to go. As for a keyboard, we'd suggest something like the super tiny wireless keyboard from Brando. It's backlit and it's wireless. It's also very small, so it won't get in the way.
[via Paul Stamatiou]
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