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The first time I connected my computer to my TV the computer was a desktop and the connection was via a thick cable. In order to type I bought a wireless keyboard that I balanced on my lap.
Fast-forward almost a decade and I no longer have a desktop computer. I regularly connect my Surface Pro 3 to my TV, but now I use WiDi instead of a cord. However, I’m still balancing my laptop on my lap in order to type. It’s annoying.
In March, when the Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller hits stores for about $55, I’ll be buying one.
I got to play with the Lenovo multimedia remote at CES, and I loved the way it felt in my hands. All of the keys are reachable with my thumbs, and they even fit in some buttons for watching TV and movies, like rewind, play/pause, and fast forward. Those buttons, as well as volume control, search, and other non-letter/number buttons, also double as Function keys, just like on a full-sized keyboard. You’ll find all of the other keys you would expect as well. You really can use this little keyboard instead of a full-sized one, without missing out on any functionality.
The lower part of the Lenovo 500 makes up the left and right click buttons, like on a mouse. But where’s the touchpad? The entire keyboard is a touchpad! You can swipe, and pinch-and-zoom, and even use three-finger gestures.
The Lenovo 500 Multimedia Controller, including the two AAA batteries that can run it for up to eight months, weighs less than 1/3 of a pound, so your hands won’t get tired holding it. It connects to your computer via a dongle (included), and has a range of up to 65 feet. You’ll be able to buy it in March 2017 on Lenovo.com.
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