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Good Little Remote
on 14 May 2012
There's not much that hasn't already been said about this remote control... Except perhaps some detailed technical aspects of its function... So that's what I am going to do.
1. The remote control installs itself as a regular USB keyboard and mouse - so no special infrared drivers are needed. It should work on pretty much any computer, whether PC, Mac, or Linux.
2. I was worried initially that the remote control didn't seem to have a 'menu' key. It does! It's basically the same as the right mouse button.
3. I wondered whether the mouse joystick was able to scroll diagonally as well as up, down and sideways. It does! It can scroll in 8 directions.
4. The 'email' and 'www' buttons are linked to your default email program and web browser, and will open those programs respectively.
5. The coloured A, B, C, & D buttons are the equivalent of what ever you have defined to be Ctrl-Alt-A, Ctrl-Alt-B, Ctrl-Alt-C, & Ctrl-Alt-D. As a matter of fact, it is also performs the actions associated with Ctrl-Alt-1 / 2 / 3 / 4, AND Ctrl-Alt-f1 / f2 / f3 / f4. You can't choose which of these functions to perform... If you press the 'A' button, it will perform a Ctrl-Alt-A, Ctrl-Alt-1, and Ctrl-Alt-f1 all at the same time. That means you could open 3 programs simultaneously, but you can't choose which of those 3 programs to open - they will *all* open. You should take that into consideration when programming your Ctrl-Alt key functions.
6. The 'NumLock' is a toggle button, switching sequentially between lower case and upper case letters, followed by the regular cursor / enter / tab / esc functions.
7. Numbers and some symbols are available, but not many symbols... The comma, full-stop. question-mark?, spacebar , and star* characters are present.
8. The remote also shows the @ # symbols, but since the remote keyboard is a USA mapped one, the symbols which actually appear on your screen are " £. That's what UK keyboards are mapped to, so you shouldn't be surprised. If you switched your keyboard mapping to the US region, no doubt you would get the symbols exactly as shown on the remote.
9. It has all the usual expected media control buttons so you can play, pause, stop, rewind, fast-forward, goto next track, adjust volume, mute, etc...
10. It has desktop manipulation keys, which include fullscreen, show desktop, and toggle window (as in Alt-Tab).
Keys it doesn't have :-
- Function Keys
- Home & End Keys
- Delete Key (it has Backspace in stead)
- Ctrl Key (You can't do any two key combinations)
- Alt Key (Sometimes useful for bringing up menus - It's not present here though)
- Scroll Lock / Pause / Insert / Func Keys - All NOT present.
- No other symbols, other than the ones mentioned above.
The very brief instructions are on the piece of card at the back of the packaging, and are in Chinglish - so very poor translation, but still just about understandable. The overall quality of the remote is 'average' - All of the buttons work, but it has cheap plasticky feel about it. The remote actually flexes and bows a bit when you press the buttons!! Nevertheless, I regard it as still good value for money considering that you're getting a fully functional (and useful) product for about £5. I'll be using it while travelling to control the media player functions on my laptop while snuggled up in bed.