Wireless Keyboards

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Apple Bluetooth Wireless keyboard

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This is a small, very slim solid Aluminium keyboard, that is ideal to use for Myth Frontend work, makes a nice remote control as well. It Uses Bluetooth, currently tested with a Belkin USB bluetooth adaptor under openSUSE 10.2.

Load the Bluez utils packages and use the two command line tools hcitool and hidd.

>hcitool scan
>hidd --connect MAC Address

The MAC address of the keyboard will be output from hcitool scan

Can also be paired with Gnome Bluetooth tools (not with openSUSE 10.3, hidd is missing due to bug).

Logitech Cordless MediaBoard for Playstation 3


Light, thin, and inexpensive, this lovely little device runs on a 2 AA batteries (unlike most remotes that I've had which used short lived AAA bateries).

It is USB, and perhaps because Playstations 2 & 3 run linux, this keyboard is simply plug and play.

Has an on-off sliding switch on the front. Mouse pad and keyboard work well with OpenSuSE 11.0.

Logitech Cordless Desktop S510 Media Remote


The [S510 Media Remote from Logitech] is a wireless keyboard + mouse + remote. Plug in the USB transmitter and connect. The basics will work out of the box: mouse and keyboard + some multimedia keys (volume; play/pause...) can be configured, but other special keys are not recognized.

What does not work

BTC 9019 URF


This is a radio wireless keyboard with a USB transmitter. It also has a small joystick which is integrated that works as mouse. Very good range makes it suitable as a media keyboard. Tested with openSUSE 10.2

Amitech Mini PC Keyboard


This is an infra-red keyboard with mousepad that doubles as a TV remote. Connects with USB. Tested with Ubuntu.

Only seems to be available for sale in Denmark.

Trust KB-2950

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This is a 2.4GHz USB wireless keyboard with integrated trackball, works out of the box no drivers needed. Battery life is very good. The specialty keys need to be configured.

iOne Scorpius P20

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This is usually found for ~$20-$40 online. USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Keyboard w/ Joystick Mouse. Long Battery life. No specialty keys. Very ergonomic easy to use mouse and keys. Works out of box with no drivers, just plug in and go. Tested with Fedora Core 7, Mythdora 4.0, Slackware 11.

Moneual RF509 RF Wireless Media Center Keyboard

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USB 2.4 GHz Wireless Keyboard with trackball. 10m range, uses 3 AA batteries. Works out of box with no drivers, just plug in and go. Tested on Gentoo Linux (2.6.19, 2.6.22, and 2.6.23 kernels).

Ruwido/Chicony KB-9820


This is an infrared keyboard with integrated mousepad and two buttons. It works out of the box with no drivers, as it appears as standard PS/2 devices. Decent battery life from 4 AAA batteries. Probably out of production now, but bought in 2006 for about US$35.

Genius LuxeMate 810 Media Cruiser

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This is a 2.4GHz USB wireless keyboard with integrated trackball, works out of the box no drivers needed. 10m range. Tested on Ubuntu 7.10.

Gyration Ultra GT Compact Keyboard

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2.4 Ghz USB Keyboard w/ dual mode gryoscopic/optical mouse. No drivers req. 10m range, Volume/Mute works, other 12 special keys don't.

Adesso WKB-4000US


This is a radio-frequency keyboard with integrated mousepad. Its small USB dongle acts as a standard USB keyboard, and requires no specialized drivers. It works in the 2.4 Ghz RF band, with 4 Auto-Changeable channels (256 IDs per channel).

The keyboard is small, thin, stowable and light. The tactile responsiveness of the keyboard is light, and very pleasant; there is no audio response to key clicks.

The claimed range is 100 feet: I can only confirm that I have not exceeded its range. Missed key presses rare. IR line-of-sight is a non-issue; though standard attenuation through conductive media for RF applies. The battery life for all of these units that I own has been simply outstanding (approximately one year of heavy use at my home, from the shipped generic batteries); the battery is preserved by a "standby mode" when the keyboard is idle ten minutes, and an additional key press and wait of approximately one second is required to wake the unit (this seems more helpful a feature than an annoyance, avoiding accidental key presses by pets, as an example).

The integrated mousepad is extremely good; and responds to the two adjacent buttons, pad tapping, and right-slide scrolling. Importantly, it seems not to suffer from the design flaw of most trackpad/keyboard combinations: accidental pad tapping while typing. It seems that the pad is far enough removed from the placement of the hands to remove this problem: my hands lift from the keyboard to effectively move the mouse, which seems not to effect the usage of the keyboard/mouse combination at all.

This is a standard 88-key keyboard. There are no additional "media buttons."

The unit works amazingly well as a Myth remote keyboard. The only honest dissuasion I could find for this keyboard would be price. As of this December 2007, the keyboard was listing on NewEgg for $89.99.

Tested: MythDora 4.0, and Fedora Core 5 and 6 with MythTV packages.