Some people are perfectly happy using an Xbox 360 or a PS3 as a media player in their living rooms. For the most part, these consoles can handle your MP3 music and your AVI videos. Other people want more, so they hook up their laptops to their HDTVs for added functionality. That can be a bit of a hassle though.
That’s why other people still are much more interested in using a home theatre PC (HTPC). In essence, you have a full-fledged multimedia computer connected to your HDTV, letting you do everything on that big TV that you would normally do on your home computer. The trouble is that all the controls typically come from a regular keyboard and mouse.
Using a full-size keyboard and mouse can be quite cumbersome. Instead, it may be much more convenient to consider this wireless combo controller from USB Geek. You get a notebook-style touchpad up top and full thumb-based QWERTY keyboard below. It may look like a graphing calculator or something, but it’s about all you need to control your HTPC.
It’s not the prettiest girl at the party, but it could be the most useful. Find it on sale for $62 at USB Geek.