Product Type: Microsoft remote controls
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I can now control everything remotely, well, almost!
Microsoft Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote
Member Name: katykicker
Microsoft Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote
Advantages: Easy to use, works well, minimal battery use, looks good.
Disadvantages: Doesn't suit the look of the new black slim Xbox 360, no AV button.
=== 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!
Summary: A fantastic remote control that saves time but doesn't do quite every feature.
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