Could the Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad Be the Ultimate HTPC Remote?


If you own an HTPC, keeping an eye out the perfect wireless remote is just about an everyday affair. However, folks, I think this may be the one to hold the HTPC remote crown for some time. The Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard is designed to work with all versions of Windows and is compatible with Linux-based PCs — all without any drivers needing to be installed. As you can see the remote is tiny. It measures 6″ in length, 2.5″ in width, and is 0.5″ thick. The Rii connects to a PC via a wireless RF 2.4GHz USB dongle and has a range of approximately 30 feet. It’s lithium-ion battery, which is charged using a USB cable connected to your PC, can stay charged for up to a month of operation. As you’ll see in the video below, Rii’s built-in touchpad works amazingly well. In addition, the remote provides a d-pad, left/right mouse buttons, a keyboard backlight (toggle on/off), and even a laser pointer. Price… just $39.99. Seriously, how much more awesome can this thing be? Interestingly, the product description states it offers 90-degree flip functionality for the touchpad. I’m guessing that means one can hold the Rii like a TV remote, instead of a like PSP, and move the cursor more comfortably all with one hand. [via]

* If anyone picks this up and happens to own a Logitech Revue box, let us know if it’s compatible. It would be a nice alternative to the $130 Logitech Mini Controller for Google TV. This probably will also work with networked HDTVs, Blu-ray players (i.e. Panasonic VIERA Cast), and digital media adapters (i.e. WD TV Live) that support wireless USB keyboards. UPDATE: It works with the Boxee Box, too!

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Product Description

Backlight function with a handheld keypad
2.4G wireless receiver integrated design
Touchpad 90-degree flip
Innovative design of the Navigation keys
Windows Multimedia Control
Built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery
Laserpointer with remote control
With a real notebook Touchpad
Real QWERT full-function mini keyboard

Portable, elegant, lifestyle
Meet the golden section of the mini-size, enjoy the full-size keyboard, the main function, enter the instant messaging message, URL and search text, without leaving your sofa or seating.

Perfect control PC entertainment features
Innovative design of the Navigation keys, convenient and practical multimedia control keys and 2.4G wireless technology to provide you with the farthest to 30 m PC control capabilities, backlight lamp designed to allow you to, even in dim light, it is also able to easily enter text, browse web pages, lying on a sofa playing computer games.

The perfect keyboard, touch, laser pointer combination
Whether it is teaching, training, or speech, keyboard, mouse, laser pointer in one hand and hand, three-dimensional explanation, a more lively! The instructor must have thebest weapon

Built-in rechargeable more staying power lithium-ion battery
Advanced lithium-ion battery charging time shorter and longer usage time between chargesfor up to 1 month.

The world’s first Touchpad 90-degree flip design
With a 90-degree flip a switch function key Touchpad, allows you to be more humane mode of operation to achieve click, scroll, and the mouse click action. Control and enjoy the funof the same notebook computer.

You can teaching, training, lectures: keyboard, mouse, laser pointer in one hand and hand, three-dimensional explanation, amore lively!
IPTV, Living Room Computers: lying on the sofa, the free manipulation of the living room computer, Internet, shopping, trade stocks and soon!
Personalization: lying on a sofa or blanket to play computer games and the Internet is not cool? “Spiritual bond” is the personality of your choice!
CARPC: car computer’s wireless best solution!
Gifts: Business gifts, interpersonal gifts the bestchoice!

System Require:
Windows 2000
Windows XP
Windows Vista ,windows CE,windows 7
Linux(Debian-3.1,Redhat-9.0 Ubuntu-8.10 Fedora-7.0 tested)

Specifications::
Operating distance: less then 30 meter
Model: DSSS model RF
Transmitting power: Max +4dBm
Working voltage: 3.3V
Working current: <150mA
Charge voltage: 4.2V~5.05V
Charge current: <350mA
Sleep current: <1mA
Dimension: 151*59*12.5mm
Net Weight: 200g
Color: black,silver optional




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4 Reactions to “Could the Rii Mini Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad Be the Ultimate HTPC Remote?”


  1. Anonymous says:

    If it can connect to both my htpc and my revue, with ability to switch back and forth, I’d be definitely interested.

  2. Could use a universal remote function.

    • Ben Chodroff says:

      The new Rii i6 remote now has a universal IR remote learning/blasting feature. However, when i tried to order one, the supplier told me all the remotes were being sent back to the manufacturer due to a material quality issue. I’m hoping this gets sorted out soon — I really want one!

  3. Steven R. Machado says:

    I know this is a long dead post but how is it paired with a boxee box?