This remote is an excellent product.
I bought it because my old media centre remote buttons had started to wear, Before this I had tried an older model of remote that I had to send back because it did not understand RC-6, fortunately this remote does.
Anyway lets highlight some of my favourite features,
- This was one of the easiest remote set-ups I have ever gone through, granted you have to download a nice GUI programme then plug in your remote to your pc, but to be honest this is preferable to other attempts to make stand alone programmable remotes which usually involve pushing a series of unmemorable button combinations, so for me pc set-up is a plus.
- Expanding on this, this is the first time that I have not had to programme a missing feature or button, Phillips remote control database seems quite complete, for Windows Media Centre 7 set-up I simply selected it as an option.
- The button layout is nice and intuitive, all basic button you'd expect are solid keys (play, fwd, menu, guide, number pad ect...). While some of the more obscure buttons of your original remote will exist as touch screen buttons across multiple pages, the order is customisable.
- Key presses are responsive.
- For the most part a high quality build and finish
- 3 x AA batteries, I actually like standard batteries in products, it makes them easy to replace, rather than battery packs that wear out after a year and then you can't find a replacement. I'm Still to find out how long the batteries life is, but already I can see they have thought about power saving, the lcd-touch screen stays off until you need to use it.
It is not all good, there is a few things I would of like to see changed.
- This remote came with no IR receiver, so for PC use you'll need to purchase a separate receiver.
- I'm in two minds whether I actually like the push feel of the "OK" and D-pad buttons :) , no, seriously.