Back when I used a media PC in my living room, the most frustrating thing that I found was that I had both a keyboard and mouse sitting on my coffee table. Granted, most of the time I simply used my remote, but there were times where I would use my TV as a giant monitor for surfing the net and such, which meant I had a few choices. One, I could use a regular keyboard and mouse, which wasn’t fun. Another was to get an in-air mouse with a smaller keyboard (was a combo) which was better, but still not perfect. I never got around to trying option number three which I think would have been the best, a keyboard with a built-in trackpad.
This little number from Brando is a simple combo device that would likely be welcome in any HTPC environment. The keyboard isn’t full-size, but it more like that of a laptop. The trackpad makes it easy to navigate your screen without the need to keep a mouse on-hand at all times. It is wireless and runs off of four AA batteries. There are separate on/off switches for the keyboard and the trackpad so you can get the most life out of your batteries. You can pick one up for $57, which is close to what you’d pay for a decent wireless keyboard and mouse set.