Sony manufactures quality TV sets, we all recognize that. Once the Smart TV models got spread, fans of this brand have chosen to purchase a Sony Smart TV to enjoy the same high quality of picture and sound, and at the same time access their favorite applications or favorite sites on the same device.
Then what should be the problem?
The main problem of many Sony Smart TV models is that those are not compatible with classical Wireless mouse and keyboards, to control applications and use the Internet browser. We are talking about 2013 and 2014 TV models range, which should be compatible with generic wireless devices.
It is crucial, because as you know, is very difficult to type a web address on the classical remote control, or try to move the mouse in the same way.
It is frustrating due to the fact that other producers of Smart TVs provide compatibility with regular Wireless Mouse and Keyboard kits, those used with PCs. With a Samsung, LG or Philips Smart TV, you can connect without problems a wireless mouse or keyboard (by a USB adapter) and easily use any application on the TV screen.
It would have been nice to be able to connect even a Bluetooth wireless keyboard, but it isn’t possible.
How then to control a Sony Smart TV? Is there the possibility of replacing the mouse and wireless keyboard with a compatible Sony device? Let’s see what solutions we have.
The first solution would be to purchase a special remote for Smart TV from Sony. The remote control has a touchpad (similar to the laptop). So we have sort of a wireless mouse for a Sony Smart TV. Unfortunately the remote hasn’t a conventional keyboard integrated, so that solves only half the problem. It’s better than nothing.
A second solution is to use a smartphone or a tablet with Android. Most Sony SmartTV sets have the Screen Mirroring option and the smartphone supports this option, you can use the TV as a larger screen on which to run Android applications. Basically what you do on your smartphone or tablet, is displayed on the TV screen, as I wrote in this article. It is a compromise solution, because we actually give up the use of SmartTV’s native applications.
Talking about Android devices, we can use an application available in Google Play for connecting and accessing applications on Smart TV. It’s called Quick Remote .
As you can see, there are not many solutions there for Sony Smart TV owners to replace the efficiency of a wireless keyboard. This minus was overlooked several generations of TV sets and maybe it’s time to solve this problem with the next software update, if possible. But even if it were possible, I don’t see any common interest here. Sony will launch this year Android TVs, which are compatible with any wireless keyboard and mouse, so most likely things will be the same for those who have a previous-generation TV.
Maybe it’s time to think of a Android media player?