Drive your PC from the sofa with just a pair of thumbsThe handheld Lenovo 500 multimedia controller has a secret touchpad.
Not everyone has a computer hooked up to their main living room home theater setup, but maybe they should. It's a great way to get high end PC gaming on a big screen, makes it easy to stream a lot of content, and of course it's the best way to set up virtual reality in a big living room space. But the problem has always been, how do you drive that computer? Whether it is a mini desktop or a big gaming tower, you can get a standard wireless keyboard to put on your lap and or I try a microscopic mice, nothing really works that seamlessly, that's why I really LIke the idea of the Lenovo 500. It's a multimedia controller that looks like a combination of a tiny PC keyboard and an oversized old-fashioned Blackberry keyboard. The big difference between this and other wireless keyboards Is that, it's the standard QWERTY keyboard, but the entire surface doubles as a touchpad. There's no separate touchpad. How does it work? Well, you click down on the keys to type as you normally would, but then you just swipe your finger over the actual keys without pressing down on them to use the touchpad. It's small enough you can hold it in both hands and your thumb should be able to reach all the keys while you're typing. Then you can use one finger for a standard mouse input, use two fingers as a tap for a right click as opposed to a left click. And then you can even do two Three finger gestures like scrolling feels and works very much like a traditional touchpad you just have to get used to the feeling of the raised keys under your finger. There's a little curve on the back to make it easier to pick up from a flat surface like a coffee table and they say it should work from about 65 feet away. It's a clever idea that addresses a problem that today has not had a definitive solution. Touch bating by swiping of the key board is a little hard to get used to, but I got better at it the more I tried, so looking forward to testing this app some more. The Lenovo 500 is expected in March for $54 in the US.