Pros: Lets you type and navigate with the remote at the same time.
Cons: Only really useful if you have Nyko’s Wand controller. Lacks an “alt” key.
While the Wii console accepts input from any USB PC keyboard (or Logitech’s Wii keyboard), there is a minor frustration in switching between the keyboard and the Wii remote, which has to be used as a mouse when navigating the internet in Wii’s Opera browser. For touch typists like me, you have to drop your remote to type, and pick it up again to navigate, a problem best avoided through use of Nyko’s TypePad Pro, a small keyboard that attaches to your remote.
What It Is
The TypePad is about the size of a paperback book. The QWERTY keyboard is used thumb-style, as with a blackberry, with the two sides of the keyboard divided by a slot for the Wii remote. The keyboard gets its power from the remote’s batteries, and talks to the console via a USB dongle plugged into the back.
Besides the standard keys, the TypePad has a couple of extras, one that types out “.com”, for when you are inputting a web address, and a “@” key for use in typing email addresses. On the negative side, the keyboard lacks an “alt” key, which is unfortunate, since typing alt+enter on a regular keyboard will click the “OK” button on the Wii’s virtual console. Using the TypePad, you can only click okay by pointing the remote at the “OK” button and pressing “A.”