Different remote controls and mini keyboards can be used with a android TV box which can greatly improve a users experience.
They come in all shapes and sizes from standard classical design to mini keyboards with touch pads to move a cursor around.
The best remote will depend on the user as to what is the easiest way to control their box.
For example someone who enters a lot of keywords may dislike the on-screen keyboard and prefer a small hand held unit with keys for typing.
The size of a unit also varies with some liking mid-sized models and others small.
So here is our picks for best remote controls and keyboards to use with a android TV box. Be sure to read reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure a unit is the right pick for you.
Rii I8 Mini 2.4Ghz Wireless Touchpad Keyboard
The Rii I8 has been a popular low cost option for awhile and still going strong.
It has a mini keyboard to type with and a touch pad to move a mouse cursor around.
The size is small but still needs two hands to use.
A small USB dongle is included next to the rechargeable battery that simply plugs into a android box and syncs with the unit.
There is no setup and plugging in the dongle is all that’s required to get it working.
(2016 Updated Version) iPazzPort Wireless Mini Handheld Keyboard with Touchpad
This small hand held design is another popular option for those wanting to control their box with one hand.
It uses 3 AAA batteries and a USB dongle to connect.
Although small, like a standard TV remote it is a nice design used by many manufactures.
1byone Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Built-in Multi-touch Touchpad
For those looking for something larger to type with along with a built-in touch pad a mid-sized keyboard is a good option.
This unit from 1byone uses Bluetooth and works well with android boxes that have built-in Bluetooth.
Mid-sized keyboards are a good fit between a small remote but not huge like a standard model.
LYNEC C2 2.4G 6-Axis Mini Wireless Keyboard Mouse Remote with Infrared Remote Learning Air Control
Air mouse remotes are a nice option and move the cursor around by holding a button and waving the remote.
LYNEC makes this unit with standard keys on one side and a keyboard on the other side.
A USB dongle is used to sync up to the remote.
Air mouse units are not for everyone but do have a large following, and are very convenient once it is learned how to use.
The above units are a few of the types of remote controls available to android TV box users.
Many manufactures make their own remotes based on the types above so if you have a favorite brand than they likley have a model.
Small remotes try to be as small as possible and still fit in a keyboard and touch pad. While nice for many some do have problems with the small buttons.
Mid-sized keyboard remotes are another good option if you have big hands and dont like the small keys.
Air mouse units are also good. while they may take some getting used to they are another great way to control your box.
As always be sure to read reviews on a unit to get the right remote for your setup.