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Imagine this: A single wireless keyboard with an integrated touchpad — we call them all-in-one keyboards. They’re the ideal solution for anyone with a living room media center or someone who wants to lean back and use their computer from a distance.

There aren’t too many of these wireless all-in-one keyboards, though. And you can’t be sure what you should buy. We’ve already got you covered on fantastic HTPC/Media Center remote controls 7 Amazing Kinds of HTPC & Media Center Remote Controls 7 Amazing Kinds of HTPC & Media Center Remote Controls Got a media center? Ever get tired of fumbling around with a full sized keyboard and mouse while trying to watch Hulu or Netflix? Not only can some controls dispense with the nasty tangle of... Read More , so this time, let’s look at the all-in-one keyboards you should buy.

Microsoft All-In-One Media Keyboard ($30/£24)

  • Connectivity via USB dongle: Yes
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Range: 10 meters / 33 feet
  • Keyboard Style: Mid-size (No Numpad)

Microsoft has stolen the crown from Logitech for reliable, no-nonsense, wireless, all-in-one keyboards. If you’re looking to get something to pair with your DIY budget HTPC (home theater PC) DIY Budget HTPC Media Center Build and Giveaway DIY Budget HTPC Media Center Build and Giveaway We built a sub-$400 yet energy-efficient HTPC media center running Ubuntu. Now, we're giving it away. Read More , Microsoft’s keyboard is what you need.

The Microsoft All-In-One Media Keyboard is a well-spaced keyboard with a large touchpad where the number pad usually is. Yes, the touchpad supports multi-touch gestures for Windows 10 18 Essential Touch Gestures in Windows 10 18 Essential Touch Gestures in Windows 10 Touch gestures are like keyboard shortcuts for your touchpad and touchscreen. And with Windows 10, they have finally become useful! We'll show you how to access the full potential of touch gestures. Read More , so you’ll be able to swipe and scroll with ease. There are two customizable media keys above the touchpad, and there are volume keys on the far left of the keyboard. Media control is easier than ever with this one.

You’ll need two standard AAA batteries to power this thing, and one set of batteries will last you for a month on average. Connect the USB receiver to your computer, and you’re ready to start using it.

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Logitech K400 Plus ($30/£30)

  • Connectivity via USB dongle: Yes
  • Bluetooth: No
  • Range: 10 meters / 33 feet
  • Keyboard Style: Mid-size (No Numpad)

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While the Microsoft media keyboard is brilliant, an existing Logitech user would probably want a Logitech keyboard. Mainly because of Logitech’s Unifying Receiver, which uses the same USB dongle receiver for multiple Logitech devices.

So if you want a Logitech product, go for the K400 Plus. It has similar features to the Microsoft keyboard, except for the two media shortcut keys. The touchpad is also a bit smaller, but don’t worry, you can still scroll and use multi-touch gestures.

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Finally, two AAA batteries should last you just as long as any of these other keyboards last. Not bad for 30 bucks.

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Gosin Ultrathin Metal Bluetooth All-in-One Keyboard ($28/£20)

  • Connectivity via USB dongle: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Range: 10 meters / 33 feet
  • Keyboard Style: Mid-size (No Numpad)

Gosin isn’t a well-known brand, but its wireless all-in-one keyboards are very popular on Amazon. Many buyers posted rave reviews. Going by the reactions, the Gosin is well-built and supports Bluetooth connectivity.

Gosin’s keyboard is made out of metal and is sleek to boot, making it seem premium and sturdy. You can connect it via a USB dongle, but the default Bluetooth connection helps you save a port. Bluetooth connectivity also makes it compatible with more devices so that you can connect it to media streamers, media players, HTPCs, Media Streamer, Media Player or HTPC: Which One Is For You? Media Streamer, Media Player or HTPC: Which One Is For You? Read More Android devices, and more.

The large touchpad supports multi-touch gestures. On a pair of AAA batteries, you can expect the Gosin Ultrathin Keyboard to last for 180 hours.

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Logitech K830 ($75/£80)

  • Connectivity via USB dongle: Yes
  • Bluetooth: Yes
  • Range: 10 meters / 33 feet
  • Keyboard Style: Mid-size (No Numpad)

The Logitech K830 is the best wireless all-in-one keyboard on the market right now. But what makes it the best and why is it so expensive? Well, a couple of things.

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As you might imagine, backlighting takes up more battery. So the K830 packs a lithium-ion battery much like your smartphone How a Battery Works and 3 Ways You Can Ruin It How a Battery Works and 3 Ways You Can Ruin It The modern battery is featured in so many of our favourite technologies that you could almost be forgiven for not spending time learning about their workings. Read More , which can be charged with a standard micro-USB cable. A simple switch lets you flip the keyboard on and off as needed.

The K830 does everything else the Gosin keyboard above does. It supports both Bluetooth and Wireless USB, so you can connect via any interface you want. And yeah, that means you can connect it to your Android device too.

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MeshWe Bluefin for Apple Keyboard and Trackpad ($30/£25)

  • Connectivity via USB dongle: No
  • Bluetooth: Yes (through Apple Keyboard and Magic Trackpad)
  • Range: 10 meters / 33 feet
  • Keyboard Style: Mid-size (No Numpad)

No third-party manufacturer makes all-in-one keyboards for Apple devices. So in case you want to lean back and use your big-screen iMac, what do you do? MeshWe’s Bluefin is an excellent solution.

The Bluefin is a little plastic contraption that connects the Apple Keyboard and the Magic Trackpad to make them one unit. Look, the Apple Keyboard is the best keyboard for Macs Is Apple's Official Keyboard The Best Choice For Your Mac? Is Apple's Official Keyboard The Best Choice For Your Mac? There's no denying that Apple makes great keyboards, but what other options are there for Mac typists? Read More . And we already know that MacOS works better with a touchpad than a mouse Why OS X Works Better with a Trackpad Why OS X Works Better with a Trackpad While Microsoft has focused on bringing touchscreen technology to the desktop, Apple has continued to optimize for the more traditional pointer-based approach. Read More . The Bluefin is just bringing those two essential Mac accessories together.

Now, the Bluefin isn’t the only gizmo of its type. There’s also the MagicWand by Twelve South, for the same price. However, the MagicWand only connects at the top, while the Bluefin is a full plastic resting case for both devices.

Some users noted that Bluefin’s full plastic case makes your finger have to push more to register clicks on the Magic Trackpad, but you’ll get used to it quickly enough. Overall, it’s still the better option.

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All-In-One Keyboards vs. Mouse

Which of the two do you prefer to move the cursor on your computer, a mouse or a trackpad? Tell us your thoughts along with whether you use a laptop, desktop, or HTPC.

  1. Julia
    February 24, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I have to have a touchpad in the middle of the keyboard for the workstation at my job because 20 years of using a mouse was causing problems in my right shoulder. I have to switch hands so the touchpad has to be in the middle.
    I've tried two Adesso keyboards and they are infuriating. The touchpad doesn't always work. Sometimes it does crazy things like wipe out my text when I try to hit the exclamation point. I get mad and pound and swear at it. I tried emailing Adesso for help with the first one, but their web site doesn't work and the person who answered the email told me to look on the web site... :o
    For my health I'm looking for a better keyboard that is NOT Adesso. I'd rather not have wireless, that means I have to mess with changing batteries... I want it as low-maintenance as possible. I already spend too much time maintaining machines...

  2. Margaret
    December 2, 2015 at 2:58 pm

    I use the Logitech K400 with my PC, and I love it. I've had no problems with it, and I've had it for years. I use it exclusively with my laptop and Samsung monitor. It doesn't have the same functionality with our imac, so I'm considering something else for that. I just don't want to have to spend an arm and a leg.

  3. mrkrispy
    November 17, 2015 at 11:26 pm

    i'm a logitech k400 owner and within less than 1 year it seems the keys begin to get hard to push and you lose keystrokes. absolute piece of trash and no i have no memory of spilling anything on it or getting dirt in it. you get what you pay for with that keyboard

  4. Villard Saundra
    October 20, 2015 at 4:30 am

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  5. Ian walker
    March 31, 2015 at 7:22 pm

    There is absolutely no better combination than the mac wireless keyboard and the magic trackpad if you are a O sx user.

  6. SuckaMC
    March 15, 2015 at 1:26 am

    Logitech K400 does indeed work with OS X. They trackpad is buggy on the scrollng two finger bit. It works very well scrolling in windows.

    I'd say for using your HDTV as a monitor and get a movie started etc. - the Logitech K400 would be fine on a OS X machine. Using it for longer periods would be annoying however... due to the trackpad's somewhat weak performance.

  7. crevasse
    March 11, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    I like IOGear GKM561R. Doesn't drop keystrokes from 15 feet away like my old one did (Adesso 3000 I think). It works best in your lap holding it like a steering wheel than it does on a table, allowing you to operate the trackball and click the left/right mouse buttons with your thumbs. The trackball is more like a thumb ball. I just got the Logitech k4000. The trackball should work better, but I like the ergonomics better on the IOGear.

  8. John
    May 3, 2014 at 3:57 pm

    Does the TK820 have physical mouse buttons? If not, does it not have the same issue as the E9080 with regards to click-drag?

  9. Phil
    February 2, 2014 at 1:23 pm

    hey thanks for this summary. it's incredibly difficult to find information on all in one keyboards, so this is very useful. I've had my surface pro for about a month now, and I still use it like an old school laptop - haven't mastered the art of touch yet.

    all of the above mentioned keyboards will help with that.

    thanks

  10. Axel C
    January 1, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    I have a raspberry PI and i'm stil looking for a good keyboard/mouse combination.

    Should those all work with my PI?

    thanks. :)

    • Nathanael
      January 2, 2015 at 8:38 pm

      Wondering this too.

    • Leah
      March 13, 2015 at 9:10 pm

      This might be a bit late for you guys, but I use the Logitech K400 just fine on my raspberry pi.

      • John Doe
        July 21, 2016 at 5:45 pm

        The Logitech TK820 works fine with the Raspberry Pi. You will end up using one of the USB ports for the wireless dongle for the keyboard. Other than that it's a decent combo, the lack of wires makes it convenient, so does the built in touchpad.

        That said, it's amazing that there is not a single decent keyboard in the market that includes the following features:

        - Bluetooth
        - Keyboard + mouse solution (ideally a trackball, or touchpoint based solution)
        - Backlit
        - Regular size
        - Rechargeable with a sufficiently long lasting battery (not 3-4 days)

        Logitech has a bunch of options but none with the combination above. Something is always missing. The TK820 is not backlit and requires an external dongle i.e. no Bluetooth. The K810, beautiful keyboard, typing ergonomics are just incredible, has everything but a mouse solution. The Lenovo Thinkpad listed above has a very limited battery life. Also, the keyboard looks like it's smaller than a regular full sized keyboard, and the issue with the Trackpoint is that there is support for gestures, even basic ones like scrolling that one would use heavily especially when browsing. They could have at least thrown in a scroll wheel, but they didn't.

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