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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!