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I first came to use the plastic version of the Apple remote when i purchased my first MacBook around 6 years ago. The item came free with all MacBooks and was primarily designed to be used to access any media content in itunes and pictures folder when you are not sat right infront of the device. These are now no longer supplied free when you purchase a laptop or iMac but instead have to be purchased separately.
However, when you buy an Apple TV you now receive the latest brushed aluminium version that is a similar design ethos to apples other unibody devices. This is supplied with the Apple TV as it is the only way, unless you use the iTunes remote app on your iPad or iPhone, to control the features on the device as there are no exterior buttons.
The remote comprises of a menu, play/pause, direction buttons based on a circular outer button that has a "enter" button in the centre.
The remote itself has good range and in my experience you dont need to be sat directly infront of the sensor in order to interact with the device. Battery life is also exemplary, I have owned the original plastic remote for 6 years and have never changed the battery.
The remote cant be used with any other devices other than Apple computers and the Apple TV.
Not much more can be said about this nifty little extra, but for the limited applications it has it works a treat.
This remote resembles the old style iPod nano, the one with the scroll wheel. They look extremely similar. As well as being functional this remote is also very stylish, not only does it look like an iPod nano, but it is also made of a uni-body aluminium, this makes it strong sturdy and light, not to mention that is will match perfectly with iMacs and Macbook Pro's. Not only will this look aesthetically pleasing but it also makes you look professional and serious. The battery compartment is hidden away at the bottom of the remote and takes the "flat" style batteries. It still has the same buttons that the old ones did, it has the arrows, the select button the menu key, which takes you into front row and the play pause button. This is great for watching movies on as it saves you from having to get up to rewind or forward it, it is also great if you play music from your device as it controls the volume of your device. However, although the arrow buttons may look like a scroll wheel, be warned it is not touch sensitive and therefore will not move up or down if you run your finger on it, you must physically press the buttons in order for it to work. Although I am surprised that they have not made it touch sensitive, considering that there is a lot of empty space at the bottom of the remote. Over all I feel that it is a great remote for home use however not good for presentations as it is tall and thin and therefore can feel uncomfortable in the hand. As far as comfort goes I personally think that the old white remote is better. It would also be nice if there was some more functionality, as there are apps such as "G-Mote" on the android phones that let you access your iTunes library and control your whole mac i.e use the touch screen on your phone as a trackpad and use the keyboard on the phone to type. I think that with apps such as these this remote becomes useless and is specifically for presentation giving for business users.
I noticed after purchasing my Macbook Pro a few years ago that there is the option of using an infrared remote with the computer. I looked into this idea a little more and was really shocked at how much these remotes used to retail for. For this reason I had a browse on eBay and managed to win one of these remotes for under £10!
The remote is looks very neat with a menu button and a selection button wheel similar to that found on the iPod Shuffle. The remote also runs on a cell battery which can be replaced through a small cover in the bottom.
The first time I used this remote I was amazed to discover that no setup was required. The product worked straight out of the box.
~ Usage ~
The remote usage, just like the design is extremely simple. To use the remote simply press the menu button and an attractive media player will open on your laptop. The menu allows you to select music, videos, play a DVD, browse photos and much more. Another great feature is the volume control which allows you to control the computers main volume without being next to your computer.
I have found this remote brilliant when I want to watch a DVD on my laptop at university whilst lying on my bed. I can put my laptop on the side and operate everything from a distance!
~ Verdict ~
This product is very simple but does the job perfectly. One thing that would make this product a little better would be the option of being able to use the remote to operate the mouse for example on the desktop. I believe now however that there are products on the market which use bluetooth, which could be better. I am not sure whether this remote is compatible with the new Macbooks. I do know however that there is a new remote on the market for the newer models.
All in all a superb product - Just check it's compatible first!
The Apple Remote is quite a simple little gadget that comes with most Apple Macs nowadays including the Apple iMac and Mac Mini. It is used to control Front Row - a feature on the Mac that enables you to browse and watch or listen to media. The remote works via infa-red and enables you to wirelessly control your media, which is ideal for movies for example, or even music at a party.
It's quite a useless object if you don't use Front Row much, but for those who have a good size screen and like to watch movies in bed, this remote will come in very handy. I have once used my remote to control music at a sort of party, but it's not really that practical if the room is quite small anyway.
The remote is white with a black infa-red cover at the front. There is a wheel on the top face, giving it a similar look to the iPod. This has volume control and the ability to skip songs on the outer wheel and a play/pause button in the centre. Just below is a menu button, which is used to go back and reach the menus. You use the wheel to scroll through the menus too.
The whole Front Row feature is quite good and has a nice feel to it. The remote is very light and quite small and cute. It's quite a useless little object, but makes a nice addition to your Mac setup. I definitely would not recommend actually buying one unless you will make use of it, despite the fact it isn't that expensive at around £9 on Amazon.co.uk.
Thanks for reading!
I got my first Apple Remote with my purchase of the Apple TV. The remote is essential for using the Apple TV as there are no buttons on the box itself. It can also be used to control macbooks, imacs and ipods, while mine was included with a product they are available on Amazon for around £12 or from the Apple Store itself for £15, I feel this is pretty good value, as they do last a long time.
The remote is roughly three inches tall by an inch wide, which is a little bit of a problem as being so small its quite easy to misplace. If you have an Apple TV it will be out of action for as long as it takes you to find the remote!
The remote works by infrared, so you need line of sight with your devices in order to control them. The buttons are very intuitive and user friendly, consisting of a circle with a central 'select' button and four directional buttons to choose options, their is a 'menu' and a 'play/pause' button underneath the circle. This may seem basic but it really is all you need.
The battery life of the remote is very good, my first remote lasted about 2 years of pretty regular use, and the remote was broken accidentally before the battery ran out so I have no idea how long it might have lasted otherwise.
You can 'pair' the remote with one or more devices so that only that remote will be able to control it. To be honest, I'm not quite sure what the benefit of this is as most people will probably only use one remote. If I'm missing something obvious, I'd love for someone to enlighten me!
My only other real niggle with the remote is that if you have two apple devices close to each other the remote will control either, so you can mean to press pause on your Apple TV and iTunes on your laptop will spring to life. It can get a bit annoying but I'm not sure if there's anything that can be done to change this.
The Apple remote is a great thing to have if you have a MacBook or iPod dock and gives you full control over your media.
The remote is very slim and only have 6 buttons on it. It allows you to control playback of music, movies, podcasts etc and is great if you are watching/listening from afar.
The range of this remote is really good and the infrared signal is strong enough for me to control my iPod from across the room. If you have a MacBook then this remote also works great with Front Row and will makes watching movies or TV shows so much more convenient.
The battery life is also great as the remote automatically disconnects after not being used to save battery power. With low-medium use the original batteries have lasted me 5 months and are still going strong.
Overall this is a brilliant remote and is really handy for travelling and for controlling music at parties. It's mainly aimed at people who have the universal dock or MacBooks so isn't for everyone, but at £13 it is quite a good deal. That said I would recommend buying the universal dock as that comes bundled with the Apple Remote.
The Apple remote comes with a small range of Macs such as the Mac Mini, but is usually not included with the range of laptops including the Macbook and Macbook Air. You can buy the remote separately if you wish, for around £10.00 online somewhere such as amazon.co.uk. I wouldn't recommend buying one unless it's included with your computer as it doesn't have many functions and is only ideal for parties or events.
The remote is white and rectangular shaped with round edges. Along the front is a black infrared panel. On the upper face is a circular dial, similar to that on the eldest iPod Shuffle. In the outer circle, there are + and - buttons on the top and bottom along with rewind/back and fast forward/forward buttons to the left and right. In the middle of this circle is a big play/pause button. Separately from these, you have a menu button, which is at the same level as the remote and doesn't stick out, which gives the remote a sleek and modern look. The grey writing on the symbols and for the 'menu' title blends in with the Apple colour scheme. On the back of the remote is an Apple logo engraved into the remote.
You can begin using the control by pressing the Menu button. From here, you will access the 'Front Row' screen. This is a full screen mode where you can use the remote to browse through your media including music, music videos and other shows and movies from iTunes. You scroll through the menus using the outer circle of controls on the remote to select the direction. Using the play/pause button, you can select options and navigate your way through the menus.
This is ideal for parties where you can control your music with the remote, which works at long distances across a room. This way, you don't have to keep going to your Mac to change a song. If you have a large screen and a good quality movie, you can also watch these on your Mac using the remote to control it without having to leave your seat. In the Front Row screen, the background is black and everything is displayed in a very modern and simple way, similar to cover flow featured in the iPhone and new iPod Nano.
This remote only has one real use and I wouldn't recommend buying it if you aren't going to be throwing any parties, using your Mac to provide music. It's just not worth it for normal computer use, but may come in useful for presentations and other things. Overall, it has a simplistic look and does its job but I barely ever use mine and don't see the point in buying one separately. The remote is quite light and also small to hold, which is a bonus.
Thanks for reading,
When I popped onto the Apple website the other day and started playing around with configuring a MacBook, I got a bit of a shock. Once you get past the various hard drive sizes and amounts of RAM, you get to accessories. And there was an Apple remote. Price: £15.
Sorry, £15? When did that happen?! When I bought my MacBook Pro just over a year ago, they chucked in one for free! And a DVI to VGA adaptor as it happens.
So, is it worth the £15? Well, yes.
It's actually quite a handy little thing to have. You can quickly adjust the volume of your system, pause/start any music in iTunes, as well as skipping tracks and fast forward/rewinding.
Aside from controlling DVDs, music in iTunes etc, the remote also opens up something called 'Front Row' - a sort of entertainment bit hidden away in your Mac. Press the menu button and it magically appears, letting you do anything from starting a photo slideshow to watching videos to playing music. Which might not sound that wonderful, but it's quite nice to control the computer without having to get up from your seat.
However, I'm a little frustrated that Apple don't throw it in for free anymore. It's a little disheartening to be honest. But, there is another way. Some Sony Ericsson phones have an application built in that does exactly the same thing over bluetooth - it's called, rather appropriately, 'Remote control'. Anyway, if you've got a compatible handset it's a great way to save yourself £15 ;)
It's also annoyingly easy to loose. In fact I did loose mine for about 6 months until it turned up in an obscure location. It'd be much better if Apple had bothered to find a slot for it on the MacBook or something. If they'd made it just a teensy bit thinner it'd fit perfectly into that mini-express card slot on the side. Oh well...
I bought the Apple Remote with the main aim of controlling my iTunes library from across the room on my MacBook Pro, not thinking about the iPod at all. The remote can be bought alone, or with the universal dock which will accept all iPods and enable control from the remote when plugged in to speakers or a computer.
The remote opens up a new list of features when used on the Mac, pushing the Menu button opens Front Row, a menu for your music, films, photos and more. This is great if you would like to use your Mac (any Mac with an IR port) as a full blow media centre, which is perfectly possible and easy to do with a few searches online. You could connect your Mac to a TV, sound system etc and control the core features all with this tiny white device, which will happily drop into your pocket at its 3.25 inch size.
The remote would be great for business meetings, presentations or a family get together and can control slide shows of your home pictures and videos as well as being the master control for DVDs or iTunes purchased films.
The Apple Remote first started coming packaged as a standard option with the last of the iMac G5 computers and was initially used to control Front Row. This proved to be a really clever idea, unlike the Microsoft Media Centre remotes of the time it had only six buttons rather than 30 or more. This means that you don't have to have a PHD to work out what to do.
It all works on infrared so you do need line of sight to activate the controlled utility but generally that's not a problem. You can also pair the remote to work with only a specific device so you don't have to worry if you have several remotes in the same room.
The remote can also be bought separately for £18 as a spare, or to go with the universal iPod Dock to control iPods hooked up to separate speakers. It can also be used to control the AppleTV which is essentially a home media system but that's a separate subject, all of this is done with the same 6 buttons.
Power comes from a single CR2032 cell which lasts for years at a time, unlike AA's in most other remotes. Installation isn't needed, just point and press.
The Apple remote comes with many of the modern day Macs however is an add on option for the laptops and certain versions. The Apple Remote is primarily used to control the Front Row media centre, which is present in current Macs on the leopard operating system. The remote is used to wirelessly flick between music, videos and photos.
The Apple Remote is designed similarly to the iPod shuffle as it is of similar size with similar buttons. Rather than having a scroll wheel, the Apple Remote consists purely of buttons used to control Front Row. It is ideal for parties and presentations as you can wirelessly control your media. The remote is small - 3cm x 8.5cm x 0.8cm. It has a black panel at the front where the infa-red waves are sent out from. All Macs have a receiver for this so the remote is fully compatible with all Macs. The remote was later designed to magnetically stick to the side of the Mac G5. On the back is an Apple logo engraved into the white interface.
The top side of the remote contains all the buttons used to control your media. An initial circle has the play/pause buttons in the centre with buttons either side in an outer circle to skip/fast foward/rewind media and buttons above and below to control volume level. Just below this part is the menu button, which is used to access the Front Row interface and exit. The remote is small and light so is very efficient to use. With a modern colour scheme, it also matches the latest Macs.
You can find this remote on amazon.co.uk for around £15 at its cheapest price. I would not recommend buying this (unless it comes with the Mac you are buying) as I never use it myself with my Mac that I use as an everyday computer for work/internet/fun. However, if you are using your Mac for presentations such as videos or even at parties to play music, then the Apple Remote is ideal for you and I would recommend it.
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I had spent so many tiresome evenings sitting on the floor of my bedroom getting ready to go out, and cursing every time I had to get up to change whatever music was playing from my Macbook. I thought to myself, "I could really do with that remote control that Apple tried to flog me for £15 when I bought my laptop." Curse their sales people. The thought of spending £15 to satiate my laziness was making me sweat somewhat, but I took the plunge anyway, thinking of all the times I was up and down changing songs.
For about an hour the remote was awesome, but then I basically forgot that I owned it and just carried on getting up and down to change songs. Unless you use it on 'Front Row', you can only go backwards and forwards in iTunes or turn the volume up and down. Quite a cute little gizmo, but essentially quite pointless. And if you leave it anywhere but directly in your eye line, you're bound to lose it.
I can now confirm that this product is useful for something! Thanks to the user plipplop, I shall now be taking the remote everywhere with me incase I see someone using a Macbook and I can interfere with what they're doing!
When I bought my Apple Macbook late last year I didn't really consider many accessories on the fact that Apple wanted to charge a heck of a price for many accessories that can be picked up elsewhere online or high street shops for a lot less money. Amidst the travel adaptors, skins, Mighty Mouse types and other fancy designs to tart up your Apple Mac, the only accessory I was interested in was their Infra-red remote control. However the prices that I was given at the Apple Mac store in Glasgow didn't sound quite right at £35! After six months without a remote control and with use in various schools I didn't think that I would come to rely on the remote control until I saw it in action at John Lewis and I immediately thought that this would be a great idea to use in schools, particularly in view of some schools that use existing Apple Mac desk top computers that have no infra-red scanner but have a connection lead to Smart Boards and the such like. However at £35 there was no way in hell I would ever consider buying the control in question. On the day that I had to visit John Lewis for another Apple matter, I glanced down at their reduced boxes to find a handy and nifty hard plastic Perspex cover reduced from £12 to a rather more palatable £7-95. And sitting next to the reduced baskets and boxes of PC products was the Apple shelf of accessories; and there for £15 was the Apple Mac remote control; not reduced. £15 is a heck of a saving for what I had been led to believe.
Sadly for me when my Apple Macbook is the all black model, the remote control is only available in white but on account that it takes a CR01 watch battery which is available from most watch shops, I was impressed that there is a battery already installed in the remote control and from the moment it was taken out of the packaging (Apple go to great strengths to produce classy and out of the ordinary packaging but they forgot to put a case for this control as that would have added to the appeal, perhaps) and peeling off a few wrappers that protect the body, the remote control can be used instantly.
And instantly is something I've done each time I want to display any movies I've made for my lessons, or simply listen to music through iTunes. My pupils are in awe when I can stand behind them, shoot the control at the Mac and up comes the iTunes display - well, until I let them into my little secret zapper. There are however a couple of downsides;
For a start it's about the size of a lighter such as the pound shop types you can find or ones under the label "Tokai," but a lot flatter with some thickness to its width so it means it can get lost over time even if it is white and clearly not a lighter! Half the time I wish there was a voice beep function where the remote control could sense when the computer is switched on just to be able to find the ruddy thing! Whilst the controls are very easy to use and are marked out well, similarly marking a control wheel to iPod wheels in general, the remote control will only function with iTunes. This is quite annoying as I have several videos with other formats not necessarily kept or stored in iTunes and as such this remote control will not hone in on anything other than information stored in iTunes. The control cannot change sound settings or play settings either, so you need to program your iTunes first before the remote control can play the settings saved on the Mac. Of the controls that do exist, the Menu button is quite self-explanatory from an Mac owner point of you, honing in on acting as a main menu button that can search and seek through albums, artists, songs, compilations, even typical iTunes featured playlists such as Genres, Playlists, Composers and Audio books before going deeper into the sub categories. The Menu button also serves as a handy Back button that can be selected even when music or videos are already being heard or viewed without interruption. Then there's the simple back and forward buttons that do as they usually do on other music devices (or the forward and rewind icon labelled buttons); the volume control however also acts as an up and down menu shift, and honing in on the main lists of artists, the more you keep your finger on the button, the faster the line of artists or songs from the list will go, so in terms of instant access and delivery, this remote control is a very handy piece of kit to have if your Mac is the main point of music contact both visually and aurally.
For all that it has several weaknesses, the Apple remote control is a handy accessory to have, particularly for music teachers or teachers who use visual displays aided by music or moving video images through the iTunes menu function - however it must be stressed that although this remote control can be used generally for most Apple systems, your desired computer must have an infra-red contact before the remote control can be used - older MACs lack this for example which will make the remote control redundant. Whilst is slim and particularly eye catching (if not for students with sticky fingers) the paintwork, although gleaming and shiny doesn't last long and despite its plastic coated feel of its paintwork, Apple could offer more protection here as this remote control is not protected enough from sustaining scratches. More accessibility could be added to this remote control on its buttons such as a glow in the dark feature that Apple go to the bother of putting on their Mighty Mouse products, so why not here? In terms of shooting from across the classroom however and that can be from up to 20 feet away, the Apple remote control still works even if it is scanned across a wall bouncing its invisible ray to the infra red sensor on my Mac. Over more expensive options for visual entertainment, Apple Mac's remote control takes some beating - but it really needs a lot more accessibility built in to access other Mac programs before it really needs some justification. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2009
The apple remote is a gizmo that come with all the new macs and its great that theyve decided to include such a useful bit of kit in the box.
Like everything apple create this remote is beautifully styled and bares a striking resemblance to the ever popular ipod range.Its smooth curved lines make for easy holding in your hand and the raised buttons make it easy to use even with out looking.Whats great about the remote is that even tho theres so few buttons you can still do so much.The remote allows you to
-search your music library
-play and change tracks both back and forth
-adjust the volume
-control films,pause / play / ffwd etc
It lets you do the simple things of a laptop without having to get out of your chair.There is a magnet inside the remote itself which means you can store it on things,say on a lamp on your coffee table?
This really is a great piece of kit and its now available for around £15
Maybe a few more functions would vastly improve this remote
The Apple Remote is a small white device which can be used to operate a number of products made by Apple.
It comes free with all new Macs, and with the desktop iMac which I own, it attaches to the side of the screen magnetically.
The unit itself is incredibly small and can control play, pause, skip and volume functions. There's also a menu button for accessing things like 'Front Row' - Apple's version of Media Center.
Costing £15 from the Apple Store, the product has received mixed ratings by users. Generally, those who use it for their desktop Mac's find it useful, as it allows iTunes to be controlled from across the room. However, those who have bought this device specifically for their iPods feel a little conned - as you can only move tracks forward and back, as the menu key doesn't allow you to browse through and select different artists.
Personally, I don't use the device a great deal, as my Apple Keyboard has iTunes controls on it anyway - but I can see that if you use your computer as your main 'entertainment system', the product could be handy.
Overall if you're an iPod user, I would recommend holding off buying one of these for a few more months, as Apple will undoubtedly release a version with added functionality.
If you're a desktop or laptop Mac user, you'll probably own one of these anyway, and will realise that it's a fairly good - albeit a little gimmicky, product.