After installing a PC in my living room and slapping Windows Media Center on it, I was off and running with the entertainment solution I always wanted. I didn’t think ahead though, and used a standard keyboard and mouse with it. This combo doesn’t function well in a Living Room, so I set out on a quest to find the perfect keyboard.
My mission was to find something portable. About the size of a remote control. The keyboard also had to have a touchpad, since a mouse doesn’t exactly work very well while sitting in a recliner. I came across the FAVI Wireless Keyboard. It was just what I was looking for as far as size and had the touchpad I was looking for. It did have quite a few drawbacks though. I found that you had to hold the keyboard up where it had a direct line of sight to the sensor. If the keyboard is blocked in any way, even your own elevated feet, it wouldn’t work well. The FAVI keyboard also had to be recharged constantly. Doing so required it to be connected to a USB port for an hour or so. Altogether, the experience became aggravating and I needed something a little more convenient.
Again I browsed Amazon for portable keyboards. I came across the Logitech k400 Wireless Touch Keyboard. I have to tell you that when I ordered the k400, I expected it to be as small as the FAVI keyboard. I paid no attention to the size when I bought it online. When it arrived, I was upset at how big it was and thought it couldn’t possibly work for my living room. I’m glad I gave it a chance though.
At only 4.8 ounces, it weighs less than my existing TV remote and smartphone. The weight alone made me forget about the need for portability. I also found that having the ability to type using all of your fingers instead of your thumbs works much better for Windows Media Center.
The wireless capability was also a major plus. No need to worry about proper line of site. The k400 easily worked no matter where I was in my living room or what object was in the way.
The k400 uses two AA batteries, which is excellent for a living room keyboard since you never want to be in the position where you have to tether your keyboard to your PC in the middle of an evening watching movies. Just swap out the batteries and keep going. It goes through a pair of batteries about once every 4 months with heavy use.
The Logitech k400 is now my official living room keyboard. While it isn’t as portable as the FAVI, the light weight of the device and thin design make up for it. If you have a PC functioning as your Living Room entertainment center, you must have this keyboard.