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The media center keyboard Apple should have made

I've been bugging Apple forever to release a Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in trackpad for use with a Mac media center. The problem is that Apple won't listen because they'd prefer that we buy an Apple TV and use their teensy stick-of-gum Front Row remote.
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Written by Jason D. O'Grady, Contributing Editor on

I've been bugging Apple forever to release a Bluetooth keyboard with a built-in trackpad for use with a Mac media center. The problem is that Apple won't listen because they'd prefer that we buy an Apple TV and use their teensy stick-of-gum Front Row remote. Bah.

The problem is that I have an Apple TV and a Mac mini, but I greatly prefer the mini as my media center – thank you very much. The Mac mini is a drag to navigate in the living room however because I'm always hunting for the BT keyboard and mouse. As anyone in a home with pets and/or kids can confirm, they frequently go missing and/or have their batteries drained at the most inopportune time.

Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro - Jason OÂ’Grady
After lamenting the fact that Apple doesn't make a decent media center keyboard on my Podcast, listener Michael Peay tipped me off about the Logitech Cordless MediaBoard Pro which was released last fall. It's a Bluetooth keyboard and trackpad that was designed for use with the Playstation 3 but works just fine with a Mac. Peay uses his with a Mac mini running El Gato's EyeTV hooked up to a Sony HDTV.

My only complaint is that while the ALT key can be remapped to Command there is no valid key to use for Option. Granted, you don't often need Option, but does keep it from being the perfect keyboard. To map keys in Mac OS X:

System Preferences > Keyboard & Mouse > Keyboard tab >"Modifier Keys..." button.

Mac OS X keyboard mapping
Although the Cordless MediaBoard Pro lists for US$79 you can find it on Amazon for US$67 (new) or US$54 (used).

What kind of wireless keyboard/mouse setup do you use with your Mac media center?

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