Our Picks for Best Raspberry Pi 3 Bluetooth Keyboards Remote Controls Kodi

By | December 21, 2017

Our Picks for Best Raspberry Pi 3 Bluetooth Keyboards Remote Controls

The Raspberry Pi 3 not only runs Kodi well but has built-in WiFi and Bluetooth.
 
I have setup Kodi on a RasPi 3 and it makes for a good small Kodi box.
 
After setting Kodi up on the Pi 3 we began to test it out including using Bluetooth remote control keyboard combos.
 
We used OpenELEC to do all the testing with and Bluetooth worked great with most all our devices.
 
Read here for how to enable Bluetooth on a Raspberry Pi 3 Kodi setup.
 
If you have already have a Bluetooth keyboard, or the popular mini keyboard remotes than it likely will work with a RasPi 3 Kodi setup.
 
For those that are looking to get a nice controller here is our list of favorite Kodi Bluetooth Keyboards and remotes controls.
 
In full disclosure these units have been sent to us from companies to review which we have done with our own honest opinion and results.
 
*This post contains affiliate links which at no cost to you allows us earn a commission on product purchases.
 
As Always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon, forums, here, or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you
 
Our Picks for Best Raspberry Pi 3 Bluetooth Keyboards Remote Controls
 
(With Backlit) iPazzPort Bluetooth Mini Wireless Keyboard and Touchpad Mouse Combo for Raspberry Pi 3 and Android Smart TV / XBMC KP-810-21SBL (Black)

 
iPazzPort makes many popular mini keyboard combos that work very well with the Pi 3 and Kodi, as well as many other setups.
 
It has small joystick controllers and also has a built-in touchpad.
Best Raspberry Pi 3  Bluetooth Keyboards
 
Like other mini keyboards it also works with most any other setups.
 
 
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Mini Bluetooth Keyboard, Jelly Comb Rechargable Handheld Remote Control Wireless Mini Keyboard with Mouse Touchpad for PC, SAMSUNG Galaxy, Surface, Android / Windows Tablet Smartphone

Jelly Comb makes this Mini Bluetooth Keyboard that has wide compatibility.
 
The touchpad its built into the center with the keys on the outside.
Review Mini Bluetooth Keyboard with Touchpad Remote Control Compare
While small, about the size of a smartphone it has a lot built-in and works well with the Pi.
 
 
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1byone Wireless Bluetooth Keyboard with Built-in Multi-touch Touchpad, Touch Keyboard for Windows / Android Tablet / Galaxy Tabs / Smartphones, Black

 
1byone makes this Bluetooth keyboard that also has a touch pad to control the mouse cursor.
 
This is one of my favorites that I have been using since setting up Kodi previously on a RasPi 2.
This is one of my favorites that I have been using since setting up Kodi on a RasPi 3
A video is at the bottom of the page for the setup which is easy.
 
The buttons and the touchpad work great with the Pi 3 built-in Bluetooth.
 
This is a good option for those who don’t want a large keyboard but don’t like the small remote keyboard combos.
 
 
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iPazzPort Bluetooth Mini Wireless Keyboard with Backlit and Multi-Touchpad for Google Nexus 7 / Google Android TV / iPhone / Samsung Galaxy / HTPC / PC / Android 3.0 Tablet / Mac OS KP-810-10BTTL

iPazzPort also makes this very small keyboard remote control option.
 
It does everything a standard keyboard will do only miniaturized.
Best Raspberry Pi 3  Bluetooth  Remote Controls
 
This type of small mini remote is good for those with nimble fingers. If you have large hands a mid-size unit will likley be better.
 
 
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Rii K18 Wireless Keyboard With build-in Large Size Touchpad Mouse, Rechargable Li-ion battery, For PC,Google Smart TV,KODI,Raspberry Pi2/3, HTPC IPTV,Android Box,XBMC,Windows 2000 XP Vista 8 10

The Rii K18 is a mid sized keyboard that can work with most any device including the RasPi 3.
 
It uses a receiver dongle that plugs into a Raspberry Pi and transmits a 2.4GHz signal.
 
Since it uses its own small transmitter it can also work with many there electronics from Windows, to an Android TV box.
 
Summary
Setting up a Bluetooth keyboard or remote control with the Pi 3 and Kodi make for a nice home media experience.
 
The controllers are cheap usually less than $20 dollars.
 
Of course a wireless mouse or keyboard can also be used and it is a matter of preference.
 
When it comes to picking the right keyboard, remote control the size of your hands will influence the type best suited for you.
 
One person will prefer certain types that don’t work for others.
 
As Always be sure to read the reviews on Amazon or elsewhere to be sure a unit is a good fit for you.
 
 


 
 

5 thoughts on “Our Picks for Best Raspberry Pi 3 Bluetooth Keyboards Remote Controls Kodi

  1. Paul O. Derrington, Sr.

    I viewed your video, but I have one problem. Before I can connect with the bluetooth device I need away to control the Raspberry pi menu on TV screen wirelessly. I have an Raspberry pi 2 unit with Kodi 16 version and OpenELEC version 6.03 and my Android table can connect with the Rasp pi 2 wirelessly just find.
    But when I try to setup my Rasp pi 3 with Kodi 17.1 and use OpenELEC version 7.1, I’m unable to connect wirelessly with the Android tablet. Using the app YATSE to remotely connect the tablet to the Rasp pi 2 or 3, It always thinks the Rasp pi 3 is OFFLINE. And I have no way to remotely connect the tablet to the TV screen and the Raspberry pi 3 menu display.

    Can you please help me?

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  2. Jeffrey Packard

    Has anyone experienced disconnection issues with the iPazzPort Bluetooth mini keyboard and kodi? It works fine in other is for raspberry pi as well as on my Amazon fire stick but once I fire up kodi the thing seems to disconnect in less than 2-3 seconds. I understand if it’s 15+ minutes but this seems to drop as soon as I stop typing.

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    1. B. Landers

      I had the same problem with the iPazzPort keyboard. I came to understand it’s a problem when having both the Bluetooth and WiFi enabled. You either need to use the Ethernet port on the Raspberry Pi or a keyboard with a USB WiFi dongle.

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  3. W Rusty

    Thanks for the information. I would prefer to use a full size keyboard for my RPI 3 since I use all my fingers to type.

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  4. Richa

    Thank you very much for sharing information about connectivity of wireless keyboards with pi 3. you have given good options rather than using large and big wired keyboards, we can use small and wireless keyboards with controls.

    Reply

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