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Cnet picks the Smartstick keyboard as the best options for wireless controlling for HTPC.

Top pick: Favi SmartStick Keyboard

Anyone who's owned a slide-out QWERTY keyboard will immediately find comfort in the FAVI handheld keyboard. Smaller than a remote, the keyboard includes a touch pad for an all-in-one typing and mousing experience.

Made for PC-to-TV setups, the SmartStick also features backlit keys, volume up/down buttons, and dedicated play/pause and fast-forward/rewind keys. The keyboard even includes arrows, which (as you'll find out later) is ideal for navigating around your computer from the couch.

The good: Ideal for short-form typing, searching for content, basic navigation. Does the job without taking too much space on your coffee table. Backlit keys helpful in dark settings. Compatible with OS X and Windows.

The bad: Larger hands might find typing uncomfortable. Not ideal for long-form writing, and the small touch pad takes some getting used to.

Watch the video above or read the full article by Sharon Profis at cnet.com.



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