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    SMK LINK , the perfect CarPC input device

    So Yesterday while browsing at Micro Center I came across a rather unique device that I'm glad I picked up. It is made by SMK LINK, and cost me $60. It seemed a bit expensive at first but, it turned out to be worth every penny. It is quite small, about the size of a gaming console controller. Small enough to be convenient, but big enough to actually have good usability. The device contains a full QWERTY keyboard, a joystick mouse controller, a scroll pad, mouse buttons on top, a 4 way arrow pad, volume controls, media controls, a handful of function buttons, and 2 windows specific buttons. It is also wireless with 30ft of range. It has a holder for the USB Rx on the back. I was amazed at how easy this device is to use and how well it worked, plugging it into windows XP and it worked perfect, everything with no drivers needed. Plugged it into Linux Mint v8 and most features were working right of the box with no configuration. Overall I think this device is a winner, works great for updates or software configs in the car, and is perfect for it's intended purpose HTPC use. Thought I would share because this is a high quality part, well designed, and has made my life easier.
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    its neat

    http://www.smklink.com/index.php?id=Nzc5

    need a picture of it with something i know the size of
    like a bic pen
    or something to judge its size
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    It is on a 1" x 1" mat. Ill get a pic of me holding it for sizing.
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    How does it compare to the Lenovo N5901?

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    I think the SMK Link is more ergonomic. IMO the Lenovo has a weird shape and is not that easy to hold or as comfortable.
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    Even though it is wireless could you use it via usb cable if you wanted to?

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    Quote Originally Posted by 4ofakind View Post
    Even though it is wireless could you use it via usb cable if you wanted to?

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    I don't think it has a USB connector on it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kegobeer View Post
    I don't think it has a USB connector on it.
    I was hoping it was USB rechargeable.

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    It takes 2 "AA" batteries in the board itself. The model is wireless only.

    Also confirmed working with OSX 10.6+
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