=== The product ===
This is a universal remote control that is designed for use with your Xbox 360, TV, DVD Player, CD Player and Windows XP Media Center with just one remote control. There are numerous buttons on this remote control with it having 0-9 numbers (which also double us as letters like a standard mobile phone keypad), y,x,a,b buttons (from an Xbox 360 controller), DVD buttons (play, pause, rewind, skip etc), an Xbox 360 dashboard button and numerous other buttons that are all very useful for running the various gadgets that I may be using when running my Xbox 360 such as my media centre or my television itself.
=== Where can I buy this & for how much? ===
This can be purchased from numerous stockists and this is currently available from Amazon.co.uk for £12.25 with free super saver delivery (prices correct November 2011). This can also be found in store at HMV, Game & Gamestation at present as I have seen this in all stores recently although the prices will differ.
=== Overall opinion ===
The only minor gripe I really have with this remote control is that I have to use my standard TV remote to get on to the 'AV' channel that I use to run my Xbox 360 through meaning I still have to use my original TV remote control therefore meaning that this isn't the remote that I exclusively use when using my Xbox 360 whether watching a film or playing a game. That makes this almost a little pointless, at times, in my eyes, but as I mainly use this when watching a DVD for ease of rewinding, pausing, fast forwarding etc I have still continued to use this over the past few years.
This remote control is comfortable to hold. The lettering on the buttons has lasted a few years without being rubbed off which is more than can be said for my television remotes in a smaller space of time! This control is nice and smooth meaning I can keep it in my hand while watching a film or television show and use it whenever I need to. The remote takes two AA batteries and I have placed two rechargeable ones in mine. They have not been changed in the last couple of years so this uses minimal power to run.
It is fair to say that the main selling point of this remote is that it works with lots of different devices. I have two Hannspree TVs and another in my home and they all work with this remote control and this remote works with the two Xbox 360s that we currently have as well as the one that we had prior to this (since broken - darn red ring of death!). The remote works well, it is simple to use and it saves time when compared with using an Xbox 360 controller. Another thing that I prefer about this is I don't end up leaning on it like I would the wireless gaming controller and therefore I don't end up accidentally fast forwarding or rewinding a film or TV show that I am watching on DVD and inadvertently spoiling some of what I am watching! I like the look of this remote, although not with our new black slim Xbox as it is white and therefore looks out of place, we have another older Xbox 360 (my one!) that it looks very nice sitting next to. I know that looks aren't everything but they certainly help in making my home look stylish even with our numerous games and gadgets dotted all over the place!
This is basically a tv style remote for the Xbox, which seems like a great idea if (like me) you like to watch your DVD's through it. If you don't, you don't need it. Even a bit. This remote doesn't really have a feature list as such, it does everything you can do with a regular Xbox controller: it's just a different shape, and you can use it with your TV. Like every other remote it works (or not) through IR. Now for the real story.
At first glance, the remote seems pretty nice (although it's never EVER worth £20), it's comfy to hold, the buttons seem solid and it even lights up in the dark. Firstly, I decided to be clever, and set it up to use with the TV. The instructions make out that this is a blissfully easy a simple process - press a few buttons, enter a code and press a few more buttons. And it would be simple - if it wasn't for the code.
Firstly, you have to enter the make of your TV into the section on the Xbox website. Now, as I'm sure you do, I expected to enter my TV make, get a code: done. However, it's not that simple. Instead, you get a generic list of codes for your TV manufacturer - I had about 20. In reality, they could have just printed the table which shows the codes in the instructions and save everyone a few minutes. The advice from here is basically to enter the codes and see which one works. I got lucky: it was the 7th (which took about 20 mins) but if it had been the 20th I would have been there all day. In the remote's defense, I did have one of the longer lists - as did LG and Sony (mine was Samsung) which are surely the more popular TV manufacturers.
Next, the functionality with the Xbox. Apparently, the blurb says I should have a "range of up to 6m". In reality, it barely works at 6cm. My Xbox is high up and easily visible - my DVD player remote worked, so, in theory so should this more expensive one. However, if I want to use it, I get up, which completely defeats the point.
In summary this remote seems like a nice (albeit expensive) alternative to the controller to watch films, with the added addition you can adjust the volume on the TV (it does more, but I never use it). However, its poor range lets it down. Steer clear, and spend £20 in Blockbusters renting some good films instead.
I bought one of these remotes soon after buying my Xbox 360. It is quite an ergonomic remote due to its smooth surface. It has many features but all in all, it's quite pointless to buy considering you can carry out all of its functions with the Xbox 360 controller. If you prefer the feel of a remote just for controlling media, perhaps it's worth buying this remote however.
The remote retails at £19.99 but nowadays it's a lot cheaper at under £10 online, so perhaps it's worth considering more. Unlike a smaller version of the controller that came with some of the first Xbox 360s, this one is a lot longer with more functions, which help to control the Windows XP Media Centre.
I do not have a Windows laptop that I use with my Xbox so this is quite pointless for me, but the controller has been used with DVDs and music. This remote has a keypad so you can use it to control your TV too, however it lacks an AV button so you cannot switch between the TV and game without using your TV remote. It doesn't support all TVs though, so you'd have to go on the Xbox site to find out more details.
The one good thing is that the buttons are backlit, meaning you can use it with ease in the dark when watching a movie for example. It has a few useful buttons such as eject, but this is a bit pointless as you still need to walk over and sort out the disc tray yourself. The remote can be used to control your DVD player too if it is compatible.
Of course the Xbox 360 is capable of playing all media, so you can mainly use it for this if you have media on your Xbox. Along with the keypad, you have Windows Media Centre controls, volume and channel controls, directional arrows and controls for videos such as skip buttons, stop, play, pause and more. The remote is full of buttons but doesn't look over the top.
It uses infra-red technology to work with TVs and DVD players and your Xbox 360. The remote takes 2 AA batteries, which mine did not come with when I initially bought it but I'm not sure if they come with the batteries today. It's lovely to hold with its rounded edges and it's not too thick so it can fit smaller hands too. I'd say it's quite a useful remote for certain people who have compatible TVs and DVD players too, otherwise it's not really worth buying as all of the functions can be carried out on the Xbox 360 controller.
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The Microsoft Xbox 360 Universal Remote is quite a handy gadget but at a retail price of £19.99, I wouldn't recommend it as it won't prove to be of much use to most Xbox 360 players. I'd only really recommend this remote to players who will be using their Xbox 360 as a DVD player as well as the Windows Media XP control centre where you can access your PC from the Xbox 360.
The remote is quite long and has many buttons on it to control DVDs and a lot more. It has an Xbox guide button, which functions the same as the one on the controller. You can also use it to eject the disc tray and switch the console on and off. Unfortunately, it cannot automatically get DVDs out cases and put them in the disc tray (maybe in 50 years time).
The controller has a pretty good design and is smooth and rounded to hold. The base colour is white to match the rest of the Xbox 360 theme. It takes AA batteries and these last a long time, as the usage isn't very intensive. It's only worth buying if you'll make a lot of use of the DVD player and Windows Media Centre and it can be useful for music and things too. I wouldn't recommend it myself, as it is rather expensive considering the use I got out of mine.
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The Xbox 360 media remote control is an accessory for your Xbox 360 which enables you to easily operate the consoles media features with a regular remote control.
The Xbox 360 media remote control looks like it has been designed for the system, it is the same off white colour and features a large Xbox 360 guide button on the top. It looks pretty good, the only disadvantage to this is it can get quite dirty like the white controllers too.
The remote is packed full of features, with it you can navigate the Xbox dashboard easily and perform basic operations like viewing your friends list and purchasing downloadable content.
Playing DVDs with this remote is made alot easier as it features all the buttons and features you'd expect from a DVD remote, from going to the DVD menu to pausing it.
The remote is perfect if you use Windows media centre on your Xbox, it has a media centre button which will launch the application and if connected to your PC you will be able to browse all the videos and pictures available on your computer on the big screen.
You can even watch live TV if you have a TV card in your PC though this seems a bit pointless as you are probably going to be using your Xbox on a TV anyway!
Another nice feature of this remote is you can input a code and it will work with your TV too, it isnt going to be replacing my regular remote as it only has very basic functionality, power on/off, volume +/- and mute.
I got this as a freebie with my Xbox 360 premium console when it was launched but it seems to cost around £10 -20 in the shops. Its not an essential buy but it is useful especially if you watch alot of DVDs and use the Windows media centre on your Xbox.
The xBox media remote has really changed the ways I watch movies and this really comes to light when it doubles up on your PC media centre!
Originally I only got the remote to have on the table next to me for when watching DVD's on the HDDVD lpayer available for about £30.
It didn't feel right using a computer joypad and looked a little tacky having a controller next to the remotes!
I then discovered that if you media sahre your xbox to your PC, you can use the remote on your PC also! I am now able to hook the PC up to the television screen v HDMI and watch videos through my TV, having the option of pausing, rewinding etc via the remote.
This is especially great if you have a home theatre PC and use this to record live TV, also great for on demand TV such as the BBC iPlayer and 4OD.
The remote looks cool and suits the rest of the xbox goodness, a great buy, but shop around for a good price and don't buy cheap chinese replicas!
Any one who says that this is a useless accessory is obdviously writing reviews for the sake of it, i have to completely disagree with both previous reviews. The xbox media remote serves a number of purposes. Its main use it to navigate the dashboard, this is extremely usefull for watching dvd's, no more having to get the controller and flick to the right button just to pause and go to the loo, another usefull feature of the remote is music. When playing halo or COD i sometimes plug my ipod in and put playlists on shuffle, if a song comes up that i dont want to listen to, instead of risking dying while i press the guide button and scroll down to skip track, i simply grab my remote and press one button, simple. This remote is so usefull, when you want to watch a video from your sofa you just have a remote instead of an akward controller. I would recomend this product to anyone
One year after release, I bought my Xbox 360 after being assured that it was worth it. I couldn't get the core one as it didn't come with the hardrive, so I paid extra for the premium one. As I thought it was useful, I bought the official Xbox 360 remote as well, because it wasn't included with the console. It turned out to be a pretty pointless buy as I don't think I have ever used it more than twice.
~ Appearance ~
You can actually purchase this official remote in two sizes. One shorter size lacks the 12 extra buttons towards the bottom, which are exactly the same as the keypad on a phone. If you get the longer one, you will have the numbers 0-9 as well as a star key and hash key. I have no idea what these are for whatsoever, I mean it's not a bloody phone!
The remote is white all over matching the console itself. At the top, you have the Xbox 360 guide button, which when pressed will take you to the Dashboard. Either side are on/off and open/close buttons to switch the console on and off and open and close the disc tray. Below are all the standard DVD controls such as play, pause, stop, rewind and fast forward. Other buttons such as 'Title', 'DVD Menu' are others are below. You then have four arrows in each direction with an OK button in the middle. These are used for scrolling the menus of the DVDs. You then have the Xbox 360 Y, X, A and B buttons, which are used for the menus of the Xbox 360, but you cannot play games with the remote. At the bottom, you also have a Windows Start button and a Record button.
The control has smooth edges, making it very comfortable to hold and it fits in your hand nicely. On the back towards the bottom end is a large cover which slides off to reveal the batteries. Both remotes take two AA batteries. Another thing that the larger remote features is channel hoppers and volume control buttons. These are said to work with all TVs as it is a universal remote.
~ Usefulness ~
To me, my little remote is almost useless. I have barely used it and there is no point in using it, because the Xbox 360 controller can do everything it does anyway. It may not have the same look or a feel like a remote, but it does the same job and doesn't cost extra. This remote features buttons that can do the job with a single press of the button rather than two for the official controller. Unless you are some proper lazy ass, then there is no point for the sake of this. Concerning lazy asses think about the energy it takes to pick up this remote to use the one-click button to open the disc tray! You are using just as much, if not more energy! We are talking stupid now, so I'll stop, but I'm sure you get what I mean from this remote being ever so slightly quicker, yet pointless.
I guess it is useful for DVDs if you don't have a wireless controller, because this remote is wireless and works well - you don't want wires in the way when watching a movie! As for how much I've used it; this has literally been a couple of times, so it was a pointless purchase. The batteries will last you ages, especially considering how much you will use the remote (barely at all I bet). More of the batteries energy will be gone just by draining over time as all batteries do. You are better off keeping the batteries by the side of it, or not buying the remote in the first place.
So yeah, you get the idea right? This remote is really pointless and sucks. Utterly and completely sucks. The worst invention ever and they have probably produced too many because no one wants them and they suck.
~ Price ~
You can buy the large universal remote for £19.99 - what a rip off! It really is, and considering you will barely use it, I highly recommend you spend your money ELSEWHERE. The smaller remote is not sold in shops, as it originally came with the premium Xbox 360 as a bonus. Some are sold over eBay and can be bought for around £10 or less. Still pointless; I mean that £10 is just throwing money down the drain because the smaller remote really does do NOTHING that the Xbox 360 controller can't already do. Unless you are going to give it to your dog as a chewy toy (not recommended), I don't advise you spend this money for such a worthless product.
~ Conclusion ~
If I knew how useless, senseless, meaningless and worthless this remote was BEFORE I bought it, I wouldn't have made a purchase. However, I thought it would be cool to get the remote to put next to my 360 to look good. That's just about all it does - look good; and that's my shorter one. The long universal one looks even worse, and is huge - I have seen them in the shops! The small one is cute, but they are both useless as the Xbox 360 controller can be used to do just about everything they can, but in a matter of two clicks instead of one. So if you are a lazy ass, then buy this, but bear in mind you are using more energy picking up the remote rather than using your fingers to press two buttons to do the same function.
Not recommended whatsoever - useless product.
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- Recon -
The original black Xbox was able to play DVDs, but Mr Gates decided that you had to buy an additional remote in order to play them as you couldnt use the controller (call me cynical, but probably an attempt to squeeze more ££ out of me and you!!).
However, the PS2 was able to play DVDs by using the controller, and one of the changes for the Xbox360 was to allow users to navigate DVDs using their remote.
Firstly, I wouldnt have bought the remote if it had been my money, but I received it as a present. Due to the wireless nature of the new controllers, they almost act as controllers as you can have them anywhere in your room.
However, the one disadvantage of using your controller as a remote is that it needs to be turned on at all times, draining battery life while you watch your 2 hour film not touching any of the controllers. Like all other remotes, the Media Remote only uses battery when buttons are pressed. As a result I do use by Media Remote, but feel it is a bit OTT and unnecessary (you can set up your controller to turn off automatically after 10 mins of inactivity)
But that aside, how does the MediaRemote actually perform .
The remote looks nice and feels good in the hand. It has a total of 44 buttons, 43 of which are rubber and the MediaCentre button is plastic. Like most remotes, I have only used a small number of these buttons, but it is comprehensive and allow you to do what ever you want.
The layout of the remote is also quite intuitive with you knowing instinctively after a few uses where the buttons are without having to scan through them all. One good feature is that every button is back lit giving full functionality in the dark and not having to turn on the light when you want to fast forward!!
The Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote measures 8 x 1.75 wide, and just over an inch deep. Like most other remotes, the Media Remote takes two AA batteries, and I have had mine for three months and am still on my first set - I will try and remember to update this as and when they do go flat
As I mentioned earlier, there is a magic MediaCentre button on your remote. This is good as it allows you access to the Xbox360 dashboard where you can play stored pictures and music. Again navigation through the dash board is very straight forward
You can also use your remote to control other TVs, but it cant control DVD players (although why would you need a separate one) or your Sky box etc. Set up is easy to do this by entering your manufactures code (available on Microsoft website / manuals) and very similar to setting up other universal remotes. However, due to the failings of being able to control all your devices, this remote does fail to be a universal remote, which would have been a nice feature and allowed me to get rid of the other 3 remotes I currently have. In reality, I actually only use my Xbox remote for my Xbox.
Overall this is a nice product, but I feel a bit unnecessary for the average user (although it does make a nice present if someone asks you what you want!). However, I would recommend this for someone who makes heavy use of the Xbox dashboard and treats it as their media centre, and has got rid of their separate CD player / DVD player etc