However this did occasion the need for a new remote, and since the MCE USB remote I own doesn't seem avaliable anymoreI bought the Genius Remote 300 ($50 at TasTech). I am sharing my thoughts here in case others are interested as I havn't seen (granted I havn't looked hard) many comparable options to replace the Microsoft version.
The Remote 300 is designed as a Windows Media Center Remote and hence has all the buttons the MS remote does. However the layout is different and in my opinion unintuative. Most of the buttons are small and the logo's on the shortcut's (Live TV, DVD etc) very hard to make out. Rounding out the negatives the remote is lightweight, feels very cheap and has a very rough finish down the side, which is noticable when holding.
However it does far out-perform the MS remote in features. There are 4 different inputs, and for all of them (other than PC) every single button can be programmed. So under TV you can match the buttons of your TV remote, and map a seperate set of buttons (very handy for power and volume) for your amp. This does require extra button presses to allow for this flexibility, to activate a mode firstly press the required mode button up top (which will go ) then the desired function button. So to turn off the TV when you have been controlling the PC requres 2 presses rather than one on the MS remote, which is especially annoying given the small buttons and compact layout means most button presses require looking at the remote.
So I would say this remote is good for the price, and for those who need to control a lot of devices it is cheaper than any comparable programmable remote. However its price is very noticable in use, and I am sure you will get a lot more for a jump to a $100-$150 remote the likes of a Logitech or Harmony. And for those who only have one input (a HTPC) to their TV/sound system, the MCE remote is better.
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Comment by Mattnzl, on 20-Mar-2009 07:07
Will it wake your pc from sleep? (S3)
Comment by Your Love, on 5-Jul-2009 12:14
Unrelated to your post (mostly because I don't understand it) but did you know you have a grammer error in the description of your blog? (an instead of a - last I checked H wasn't a vowel) :P Love you x
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