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The New Age Remote for Smart Media Players
on 1 April 2014
I was apprehensive about going all out on a rather serious looking remote. I like my comfort media devices, to have ergonomic controls and remotes.
I've recently taken the plunge, and bought what is basically an Android Media Player box. I felt it would be a good halfway between a dedicated media player (where the player code is pretty much static, and only supplied or updated by the manufacturer, and the interfaces are often custom, often finicky and the players somewhat unstable and buggy). - and a full blown PC or laptop, which is what it takes to be sure you can play what you want, in the way that you want.
The device I bought, is like many similar Android devices for this purpose. A reasonable subset of software, and a remote that is what you expect for a media player. In practice; I found that quite a lot could be done with the supplied remote; but navigation was sometimes slow, and sometimes guesswork, to work out how to jump to various places on the screen.
After connecting a wireless mouse and keyboard, I found things much easier and quicker...but of course, this is bulky and not ergonomic in media playing use.....enter the wireless gyro-mouse and keyboard combi-device...
Basically, this is a mouse that works a bit like the Wii controllers that brought a revolution to consumer graphical interfacing. You pretty much wave it about like you're sort of pointing at the thing on the screen, and the pointer moves appropriately. When you need to type something in, or navigate with button type cursor movements (like up, down, right, left, tab, etc.); you can use the miniature (but usable) QWERTY keyboard, on the device. Yes it looks a bit like a biggish TV or satellite receiver remote, but it fits in a small hand (like mine), and yet it's lighter than most of the fancier remotes.
The great thing about the keyboard, is what we all know, but often don't admit. Typing any text, into a consumer media device, is ALWAYS a nightmare - and we basically avoid it and pretend it's not necessary. Those days are gone now. Our media isn't all on a disc and we can't just skip a couple of tracks or chapters. Often we want to search for things, or fill in forms (sometimes when internet browsing, and sometimes when we might want to find a film on Netflix etc.). This is now a breeze.
I'm sold on this now...I won't be going back to a duff remote for my media players and smart TVs of the future. The only thing I'll say could be a possible negative for some people who aren't good with new things; is that the gyro-mouse takes a little getting used to initially - but it won't take long to get used to it, and it gives a great deal of return for a small investment of time.