Like a kid sneaking into a store to put his band’s CD on the shelf to see if someone will buy it, Lenovo put out a new HTPC remote without bothering to mention it to anyone. The new remote can be found in the wild now and ordered online direct from Lenovo.
Lenovo may be a familiar name, but not one associated with fun. They make computers for business people. They make laptops for productivity. They make ThinkPads and IdeaPads and computers for education. They’re not the guys people tend to think of when they think entertainment.
Maybe that’s why their new remote – model number 57Y6336 – slipped under the radar. It goes by the moniker of Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard, but the remote looks to be a bit wieldier than its name.
This palm sized remote features a full QWERTY keyboard along with a few multimedia keys that provide shortcuts to commonly used functions. Its keys are bigger than that of a smart phone, but share a similar design. A trackball sits below the keypad along with left and right mouse buttons. Though the trackball looks like it might get in the way a bit, all in all this looks like a pretty solid option for those who don’t want to mess about with full keyboards or motion sensitive mice.
The Lenovo Multimedia Remote with Keyboard is available online from Lenovo at a cool $59.