Lately, I’ve been testing out a few things to make using a tablet PC without a keyboard a bit easier. As some of the options out there seem ridiculously expensive, I've tried to explore some inexpensive alternatives. Here are some cheap options! 1) Cheap and easily programmable keypad - For less than $20 you can get a very easily customizable infrared Windows remote controller. I’ve tried many other controller- and keypad-type gizmos, many much more expensive, and this is probably one of the most easily customizable and inexpensive. Winner all the way! See here (and there are quite a few others like it): http://www.amazon.com/Ortek-Windows...d_sim_e_3?ie=UTF8&refRID=08M745V5PJ1GZAE3NPEH It connects through a usb port. The IR sensor is at the end of the USB cable and as long as the sensor is visible, the remote controller is as responsive as any wireless/usb/Bluetooth device. Advantages of such a remote over other keypad solutions I’ve seen posted here include: 1) This is basically an extended normal keypad: think about it as a numpad with many extra buttons. Since this remote just simulates keypresses like a normal keyboard, it can easily be remapped using normal remapping software like AutoHotkey. No need for XPadder, or PPJoy/MotionInJoy-type drivers that work half the time and are a nightmare to configure. Anything AutoHotkey can do (like pressing modifiers or sending hotkey combos, or starting complex macros) can most likely be easily assigned to a remote button. For example, with AutoHotkey it's very easy to remap buttons to different things depending on the active program. All you need is an AutoHotkey script that you start/stop whenever needed. 2) Note that the remote is indeed just a handheld keyboard: so almost all of its buttons are just buttons that are found on a normal keyboard. So if you remap the remote’s “Clear” or “OK” buttons (which send “Escape” and “Enter”, respectively), the Escape and Enter keys on all physical keyboards will be remapped. 3) Since this is a remote control, it’s designed to fit well in a hand (contrary to many types of rectangular numpads or small keyboards) so holding it for a long time is no problem. 4) As any other remote, most buttons are ergonomically placed so you can very quickly use the remote with a tablet without having to look at the remote. By comparison, I found that even the buttons on the PlayStation nunchuck (if you can get it to work correctly, as has been discussed here: http://forum.tabletpcreview.com/threads/best-accessory-for-digital-painters-yep.56515/) are not ergonomically placed. 5) For example, you can easily remap the four arrows around the OK button to modifiers like Shift/Alt/Ctrl/Space, you can remap all the “media” keys above to any shortcut you want. For example, I remapped the Play button to Alt+Right-Click so that pressing this button allows to quickly resize the tool in Photoshop CS6. 6) It's less than $20. 2) Tactile feedback from onscreen toolbars When using onscreen keyboards and toolbars, I’ve found that I actually lose a lot in terms of efficiency because the onscreen buttons don’t give any tactile feedback. So I always have to look at the toolbar before pressing its buttons. I’ve been exploring two solutions that work very well to add tactile feedback (but granted, it means there is something on your screen that can get in the way): - For about $20, you can get three removable buttons made by SteelSeries that stick nicely to a tablet screen: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00AROMN8G/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o04_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 In the package, there is also a highly ditchable and useless scrolling thingy. But the buttons work great and allow to use buttons on any toolbar without having to look at the toolbar. These are not programmable buttons: when you press them, they are detected as touch input right where the button is placed on the screen. They work very well on all kinds of onscreen toolbars if touch input is turned on, and you can also use them in Windows 7 on ArtDock-like scripts even if touch is turned off (through the normal Windows touch toggle mechanism that was sadly removed in Win 8). - Alternatively, for less than $10 you can get a boatload of velcro stickers: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00IYDOL64/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 These stick nicely to a screen and can be easily removed without leaving any trace. At least on my Wacom-based EP121, touch input is detected through the velcro patches. So if you want some good tactile feedback for onscreen toolbar buttons, you can just cut a small piece of velcro and put it on each button. (As a bonus, you get two different feels for the two different velcro sides!) This is particularly useful if you use the toolbar in a specific out-of-the-way position on the screen (or if you dock the toolbar to a screen edge). Anyways, maybe others here have explored affordable solutions to facilitate the use of a tablet without a keyboard?