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# 70020 16-Oct-2010 18:08
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I have an old wireless keyboard and mouse for my W7 HTPC that has just died.

Would ideally like to get a replacement that is small and has a built-in trackball/pad so that I only have one small discrete device to hide in the lounge.

I've been to a couple of computer stores to ask for advice, and they have suggested bluetooth ones, however I've read many bad reviews online about bluetooth devices having unreliable connectivity.

Would appreciate peoples views on the best option...

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  # 392670 16-Oct-2010 18:42
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  # 392688 16-Oct-2010 19:11
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gumdigger: Logitech diNovo Mini my friend.


http://www.logitech.com/en-us/keyboards/keyboard/devices/3848



No problems with connectivity?

 
 
 
 


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  # 392728 16-Oct-2010 21:10
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i cant confirm, try it. return it if its not working for you.

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  # 392889 17-Oct-2010 18:14
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Bluetooth should be a lot better then IR. We have bluetooth mouse for our laptop and after I set power saving in device manager to not turn off the mouse to save power it is great. Before that we were getting very frustrated with it.







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  # 393137 18-Oct-2010 12:49
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My HTPC setup has a MS Elite BT keyboard and mouse that we've had about 4 years now. We have the bluetooth on the keyboard drop out maybe once every 3 months or so. Mouse is always good. And when it drops about, click on BT devices button in system tray and spend 30secs syncing up again and you're done.
It is generally after some major MS system update that it drops out, so blame MS!




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  # 393238 18-Oct-2010 16:38
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the logitech dinovo mini is a bit bigger and costlier than I liked - so ended up going with a lenovo 'palmboard' - ordered it out of hong kong and was here in 5 days

http://usb.brando.com/lenovo-mini-wireless-keyboard-n5901_p1458c34d15.html



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  # 393426 19-Oct-2010 06:53
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I'm a little bit late to the party here, but I ordered this about a week ago from xoxide in the states:

http://www.xoxide.com/moneual-wireless-keyboard.html

It ended up costing NZ$70 including shipping. It's not Bluetooth but supposedly the 2.4HGz RF gets great range. My brother uses a bluetooth dinovo and has problems with laggy mouse.

Should be arriving any day now...

 
 
 
 


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# 393683 19-Oct-2010 16:58
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I've been using the dinovo mini for about 8 months now. Initially it required a l'ill bit getting used to the trackpad. The battery life is great requiring a charge once in 3 weeks depending on usage. Also looks great on the coffee table (WAF ++). I haven't had any connectivity issues so far.

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  # 393688 19-Oct-2010 17:03
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A lot of the lower cost wireless keyboards have no security on them, IMO if they wont disclose how they are secured and it has been peer reviewed etc I wont use one. After seeing how insecure one of the logitech presentation remotes was I wont be trusting them in a hurry either.




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  # 396597 27-Oct-2010 22:53
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bignose: the logitech dinovo mini is a bit bigger and costlier than I liked - so ended up going with a lenovo 'palmboard' - ordered it out of hong kong and was here in 5 days

http://usb.brando.com/lenovo-mini-wireless-keyboard-n5901_p1458c34d15.html




How are you finding it?

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  # 396725 28-Oct-2010 10:32
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HTPCnewbie:
bignose: the logitech dinovo mini is a bit bigger and costlier than I liked - so ended up going with a lenovo 'palmboard' - ordered it out of hong kong and was here in 5 days

http://usb.brando.com/lenovo-mini-wireless-keyboard-n5901_p1458c34d15.html




How are you finding it?


real good - the keyboard is more like using a cellphone as you'd expect, but size, range and battery consumption are all excellent (still on the original 2 * AAA after 6 months fairly heavy use)

would be nicer if it was bluetooth, but for the price I can't fault it

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