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Of course, if you're looking for something distinctly innovative to get the best out of your living room based Media Center PC, you could look at a package like the Gyration Media PC Remote and Keyboard Suite. This package contains a very small wireless keyboard, complete with a clip on cover for storage, and what looks like a standard universal remote control. The keyboard is standard fare, but it's the remote that's really interesting. Not only is this a fully functional, learning remote control, but it's also a Media Center remote and a gyroscopic mouse.


Gyration's keyboard and remote bundle offers an innovative alternative that works surprisingly well.


Anyone who's played with a Nintendo Wii will understand what a gyroscopic controller is, and this Gyration remote control works in the same way. If you want to navigate Windows, you simply point the remote at the screen and move the mouse pointer around the screen by moving the remote. It takes a bit of getting used to, but once you crack it, it's a great way to control a PC from your sofa.

Even if you haven't got a PC lurking in your living room, you may have reason to invest in a sofa friendly wireless keyboard thanks to Sony's PlayStation 3. The PS3 has Bluetooth wireless connectivity built into it, and it supports the use of Bluetooth keyboards and mice, which is quite handy when you consider that the Internet browsing capability of Sony's console is pretty good. Add to that the fact that you can also use the keyboard to send messages to friends on the PlayStation Network, or access your email.

In fact some PlayStation 3 games, like Unreal Tournament 3, even support keyboard and mouse control, just like on a PC - so you can get that fast paced, accurate FPS experience on your big screen, rather than perched at your computer desk. Not all Bluetooth keyboards and mice work with the PlayStation 3 though, so it's worth doing a bit of research before buying. As usual though, certain models from both Microsoft and Logitech do work, so you shouldn't be too limited when it comes to choice.


Sony's PlayStation 3 offers a compelling reason to invest in a living room friendly wireless keyboard and mouse.


So, if you happen to be running a Media PC in your living room or want to get the most out of your PlayStation 3, there are some good options to enhance the experience and increase what you can do. Whether you want a dedicated, stylish living room keyboard, a hybrid solution that's as much at home on your desk as on your sofa, or an innovative package with a fun Nintendo Wii like remote control, there's something out there to suit, depending on your needs and your budget.

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