March 2011 Paul McCollum
As we have said in the past, Home Theatre PCs are great devices to have in your living room, but they do bring their on unique set of issues. The biggest of these is the finding room for mouse and keyboard. In fact, most HTPC users have come to the conclusion that this is near an impossible task. This is why a new market has popped up which try and minimize the hassles associated with wireless input devices that are basically essential for a harmonious HTPC experience.
The latest of these new breed of hybrid devices is the Mimi Wireless Gamepad Keyboard from Veho. The Mimi Wireless Gamepad Keyboard is not only a small form factor keyboard but also has a built in gyroscope so it can be picked up and used as a 3D mouse. Interestingly, it also has a built-in 8-way gamepad with dual thumbsticks. Yes, this gadget will not only let you surf the web, and the mundane tasks but actually allow you to turn your HTPC into a full on gaming rig. Add in 20 hour run time per charge and a wireless range of 10 meters and on paper, the Veho Mimi Wireless Gamepad Keyboard looks quite promising. In comparison, the upcoming IOGear Mini HTPC Keyboard with integrated trackball looks like somewhat dated.