As my title says, if you want your PS3 to form a solid part (or even the foundation) of your home media experience, then you need this remote to bring it into the realm of normal users, i.e. girlfriends, uncles, mothers etc.. These are the kind of people who are just about comfortable with a DVD player and a remote control... the idea of using a games console and the SIXAXIS controller would scare them.
Nevertheless, for me too, this is a great inexpensive addition to the PS3 experience... an added bonus (which I hoped it would do) is that you can put the PS3 into standby and bring it out of standby with the remote, as well as being able to navigate the menus just as easily as you'd expect.
Using the SIXAXIS controller to watch DVDs is obviously not the best user experience and it smacks of the fact that we all know we are using our games console to watch the DVD... with the remote, that stigma then goes away.
Initial setup is a piece of cake - just as you would hope - you start up your PS3, navigate through the menus and tell it to search for a Bluetooth remote control - you then press two buttons on the remote and it recognises it. Simplicity itself - just as it should be.
The remote is solid and well-built - the buttons have good a tactile feeling and they are labelled very well and clear.
Oh, and - yes - it's Bluetooth remember. You don't need to point it at the PS3 to do things... although you can if it makes you feel better. I still find myself falling into that trap. The next generation of users probably won't understand the concept of infra-red and line-of-sight... they'll just shrug their shoulders... but here we go...