IOGEAR’s HTPC wireless keyboards: A new type of remote control?

As technology and gadgets are becoming progressively smaller, the latest device to get a miniature makeover is a wireless keyboard – or two to be precise – designed to making navigating your HTPC a more luxurious experience.
The GKM571R and the GKM581R are elegantly designed, the former so elegant in fact that it can fit in the palm of your hand. Both of these interesting and innovative keyboards have an optical trackball, work in a 2.4GHz frequency band and have a 1200dpi sensor with a scroll wheel and hot keys. In simpler terms IOGEAR’s new keyboards provide a refreshing alternative to ungainly full-sized keyboards, and being wireless, you can snuggle on your bed or sofa and work your Home Theatre PC to your heart’s content.


As well as possessing ‘hotkeys’ to speed up the remote control process even further, the GKM571R key’s are also backlit so that they are easily visible in even the most dimly lit of surroundings. Whilst the GKM581R is slightly bigger than its palm-sized sibling, suiting those with ‘clumsier’ of fingers, and looks more like a conventional keyboard, both have been acutely engineered for aesthetics, ergonomics and mobility, and provide a comfortable solution for managing multimedia content of up to 33 meters away.

Both lazy-encouraging devices cost well under £100, and like any gadget aimed at making life easier, IOGEAR may well be onto a winner with its two new wireless HTPC keyboards.

Although innovative and languorous-enhancing remote controls do not stop here, as remote control apps for Smartphones are becoming increasingly popular. Earlier this year Verizon introduced a mobile app for HTC Imagio and Motorola Droid, that enables users to control channel changing, volume and DVR scheduling via their Smartphone for its FiOS TV digital TV service.

Whilst the traditional TV remote control, despite all the family bickers it has caused, has had an impressive 60 year run, we fear its days might be numbered, because as the world becomes more reliant on compact, wireless and rapid-functioning devices, squabbling over a mere remote control may be as antiquated as a VCR video recorder.