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Mister_Tad 5th October 2005, 09:48 Quote
that article has just saved me a tidy wad of cash, was going to buy one this week and hadn't seen it at scan (£65 at ocuk!)


;)
steveo_mcg 5th October 2005, 10:33 Quote
Looks like a nice bit of kit... but will it work with win2k, i've never gotten round to upgrading.
Hamish 5th October 2005, 10:50 Quote
would've been nice to see a trackpad or even trackball over the crappy nipple thing, really hate them :p
ralph.pickering 5th October 2005, 10:53 Quote
Nice, but I'm still leaning toward the Belkin MediaPilot, especially as, like steveo_mcq I haven't got round to upgrading to Media Center (yet?)
Mister_Tad 5th October 2005, 12:06 Quote
I was leaning towards the mediapilot until I used it

If youre using it for an htpc, I'd definitely say go for the MS one, as the "mouse" on the mediapilot is about as useful as a kick in the face
Edenalig 5th October 2005, 12:19 Quote
Just brought myself one of these, im expecting it tomorrow. Ill let you guys know what I think as soon as :)
FIBRE+ 5th October 2005, 13:25 Quote
Hit us with the crotch shot why dont you, I know your game meelado!

Anyway...

Thanks for posting this up, the keyboard that is, not the crotch shot. I was thinking about buying one to go with me media pc once its built and I think thats settled it, well so long as I can get the reciever for not too much (ebay). Are they infared, radio or ??
Marquee 5th October 2005, 13:35 Quote
Looks nice but why a keyboard now when the LCD keyboard is coming out next yaer. It will be fully customized to what ever you want.
kickarse 5th October 2005, 13:35 Quote
Good review except for a couple of things...

Battery life, range, rf, bluetooth, response?
herbs 5th October 2005, 13:47 Quote
Why does it have to be IR so probably line of sight, RF would be so much better but I do like the backlight that would come in handy.
Da Dego 5th October 2005, 14:03 Quote
We'll be finding out a little bit more on the extended use of this (as well as the greater annoyances that this may provide) with the rest of our HTPC content, as I think this will be an addition to our setup.

So, never fear...more info will arrive over time if you're not sure you want to take the plunge. I'm a little worried about what my Mrs. will have to say about the nipple, though, tbh... :D
dom_ 5th October 2005, 14:22 Quote
if its like the normal remote, it doesnt have to be line of site. just in the same room. the remote even works with the reciever covered up with my hand!
Stompy 5th October 2005, 17:33 Quote
Yeh, the IR tech used in the MCE remotes is brilliant
Firehed 5th October 2005, 19:35 Quote
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16823109151
Just in case anyone prefers the english version of the keyboard, rather than French.

I'd be interested in getting one regardless.
Green Soda 6th October 2005, 03:15 Quote
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With some practice, I've become pretty good at tweaking the nipple perfectly, and can now perform impressive gesticular movements.

^_^ Out of context that sounds so wrong.
JonDixon 6th October 2005, 10:15 Quote
Ive had this keyboard for over 3 weeks now and its great. I find it really comfortable perched on my knees doing a quick web search or email in front of the telly.


The nipple bit takes a bit of practice, but soon comes second nature. What may have been an additional nice touch would have been to replace this with the touch sensative pads you get on most notebooks which could be extracted from a slide out door. But thats just me and it would put the cost up.

Other than that the backlighting is really useful, and I think its a really good combination with the remote for most tasks.
LAGMonkey 6th October 2005, 15:55 Quote
Nipple mice do take a while to get used to, but i find that you can perfrom better guestures with the nipple than with a touch pad. It looks Very nice but as already stated there isnt realy and long term testing like bettery life. Hell that one could be estimated. All in all tho a good read. :)
eek 6th July 2006, 22:50 Quote
Just got one of these but am having trouble getting it working properly.

My new media PC contains this and the Leadtek WinFast DTV1000 T TV Card and I did plan on using this keyboard with the reciever however the only buttons that seem to function are the ones that it is taught (TV and volume). Am I going to need to get the MCE hardware kit or is there something I am doing wrong?

I don't get why a wireless kb isn't packaged with a reciever, it's stupid! May have to pay an additional £20 for something that should have really come with it in the first place, and a remote that isn't needed!
Edenalig 7th July 2006, 09:40 Quote
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Originally Posted by eek
Just got one of these but am having trouble getting it working properly.

My new media PC contains this and the Leadtek WinFast DTV1000 T TV Card and I did plan on using this keyboard with the reciever however the only buttons that seem to function are the ones that it is taught (TV and volume). Am I going to need to get the MCE hardware kit or is there something I am doing wrong?

I don't get why a wireless kb isn't packaged with a reciever, it's stupid! May have to pay an additional £20 for something that should have really come with it in the first place, and a remote that isn't needed!

Am I to assume that the WinFast card has its own IR receiver? Or do you have an MS remote and receiver? Also are you actually running an MCE2005 PC or just XP?

The idea of the keyboard is for MCE users (who would already have the remote/receiver) to add keyboard functionality. So buying this if you dont have MCE and/or the MCE remote kind of defeats the object!
eek 7th July 2006, 10:22 Quote
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Originally Posted by Edenalig
Am I to assume that the WinFast card has its own IR receiver?
Yep
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Or do you have an MS remote and receiver?
Nope
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Also are you actually running an MCE2005 PC or just XP?
MCE2005
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The idea of the keyboard is for MCE users (who would already have the remote/receiver) to add keyboard functionality. So buying this if you dont have MCE and/or the MCE remote kind of defeats the object!
doh!

Time to go shopping me thinks! :)
fev 7th July 2006, 10:38 Quote
because eek if you have a media center from a shop or built your own and you're using MCE2005. You get a MCE remote and reciever, hence the keyboard doesn't come with one.
Veles 7th July 2006, 15:31 Quote
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Originally Posted by Article
With some practice, I've become pretty good at tweaking the nipple perfectly, and can now perform impressive gesticular movements.

Someone had to do it.
customh 8th July 2006, 02:31 Quote
The one that i had seen at bestbuy had a trackball, was a HP demo, maybe the keyboard was hp to....i liked the trackball....no problems though id like to have an HTPC but dont...
Warrior_Rocker 6th August 2006, 01:06 Quote
Hate to reopen a thread that may be old, but I have the original HP MCE remote kit for my media pc install, The remote is super slick, stunningly like the keyboard itself anyway, unlike the slightly (direct Tv, or otherwise generic satelite/universal remote) microsoft remote.

http://ruel.net/pc/pvrpix/mce-remote.jpg
This is what my remote looks like

http://images.google.com/images?q=tbn:i2RCG39gnhsrBM:i9.ebayimg.com/01/i/06/4c/80/02_2.JPG
That is the reciever, though I have taken it out of the case for my media pc

Media PC Reborn
imkeller 9th August 2006, 23:05 Quote
Nipple - hee-hee, some people just never grow up :D
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