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Apr
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Like it or not, TV-based operating systems aren't going away. Google TV, Samsung Smart TV, and others have all done their part to beef up your TV's IQ, and while each has found varying levels of success, none has quite gotten the situation right. One immediate problem with most options is the tool you're provided with out-of-the-box for controlling things. Typing in movie titles with anything that looks like a traditional remote is nothing short of a complete pain. One thing that can save you precious time is investing in a remote with a full keyboard.

You can currently get a TaoTronics offering on Amazon for just $19.99 following the use of coupon code 9EP9XSOT at checkout. This drops the product's price down from its usual $27.99.

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This wireless keyboard is compatible with Android and Smart TVs, along with Windows and Linux. Note, this isn't a Bluetooth keyboard, so it only works with devices that can handle its USB dongle. The device also has mouse buttons and can replicate a mouse using Wii remote-style movement.

Amazon also happens to have an upgraded model available for just $10 more.

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Which one to get is up to you, but without the coupon code, the decision is somewhat of a no brainer. Though, if you're going for the newer model, consider hitting up eBay instead. It's available there for just $23.99.

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TaoTronics TT-MK001 on Amazon

TaoTronics TT-MK005 on eBay

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Born and raised in the rural South, Bertel knows what it's like to live without 4G LTE - or 3G, for that matter. The only things he likes sweeter than his tea are his gadgets, and while few objects burn more than a metal phone on a summer day, he prefers them that way anyway.

  • xsirxx

    I dont see the android buttons, am I missing something?

  • Relic419

    Thanks for this post, wasn't aware of this product. Ended up getting the MK005 from eBay.

    • Danrarbc

      Ditto

      • NoPovertyPimps

        There's one made for TV sticks that has the android buttons, goes for about $30. (air mouse type) I have three others so I haven't tried it but it does look good.

    • xsirxx

      I have an android stick but my main problem is finding an actual android remote control. I have this one http://www.amazon.com/Hausbell-H7-Wireless-Entertainment-Keyboard/dp/B00B9996LA but I cant find one that actually has the android buttons. You would have thought it would have existed by now. I dont see this remote as an "android" remote.

  • VytautasK

    "We're sorry. This item can't be shipped to your selected destination" As usual... :(((

  • Rock E Marchio

    i have the fly control of the main picture, is good, the buttoms can be maped to play games too

  • Art

    So it can act like Wiimote ? That's nice. Makes me wish the same with Amazon Fire TV controller

  • Jungy Brungus

    I have the one posted in the main picture too for my MK908. It works really well. The little Android guy in the middle of the remote is the button to toggle mouse movement. It has a home button and media controls as well as a D-Pad at the top. If you have the app External Keyboard Helper Pro I think it's called, you can map any button to almost any function. It was pretty well set up right out of the box and didn't really require any type of configuration. I would assume this works for tablets hooked up to TVs via HDMI like my Transformer Prime. Of course you would need the keyboard attachment for the USB holes.

  • Jerome Garrett

    Almost wouldn't mind using this with my Raspberry Pi and XBMC (Raspbmc). Right now I just use the app but still...hmmm....

  • Matthew Fry

    "for Google Android TV." Now the name is everywhere...

  • NoPovertyPimps

    I've had the MK005 since it launched; of the three 'air mouse' type remotes I own, I rank it third on my list. It's a pain due to an 'anti-shake' feature that is meant to stabilize the on screen pointer for enhanced ability to select links and other small items.

    The 'anti-shake' feature almost makes it feel like you're fighting the pointer in a way, it gives it a sort of bounce back feeling, it's hard to describe but it's very annoying and hampers the preciseness of the pointer movement. Worst of all, you can't turn that 'anti-shake' feature off or attenuate it in any way. The size is a bit large as the keys are very spread out. Build quality is good but the mouse pointer requires a double click on the center button to freeze, and then a single click to unfreeze. The double-click to freeze part seems highly counterintuitive and it's the main reason for me (along with the aggressive anti-shake algorithm) that this remote goes barely used.

    And no, the standard home, apps, & menu android buttons are not on the remote in physical key form.

    • M0nk

      I'm using the Mele air mouse and its great. Better than other air mouses that I've tested. On one side the air mouse with android and pc buttons including volume, on the other a qwerty keyboard. when you flip the control the back side stop working, so no air mouse while typing and no qwerty keys pressed while using the air mouse, great. The battery lasts several months. Best companion for MK android sticks and HTPCs
      http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0092KDSQW

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