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  • Driver-free USB-IR Remote Controller

    posted by sta64 on 01/28/2010
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    Involvement:Expert (understands the inner workings) - Ownership:1 day to 1 week

    Pros:

    - Works straight out of the box. Your operating system only has to support USB-based input devices (HID).
    - If not necessarily 18 meters, the sight distance should be enough for a usual room.

    Cons:

    - The build quality is cheap. I expect the silver coating of the plastic to rub off soon, even during plain daily use. Also, make sure to not drop it too often. ;-)
    - The further you are, the more precisely you have to point the remote controller towards its receiver, even with freshly recharged batteries. (A bit too narrow cone of emission?)
    - The joystick for controlling the mouse cursor is pretty useless as, for some weird reason, straight up/down/left/right is virtually impossible. Oh well, I'm into hotkeys anyway...
    - As a programmer myself, I would've been happier if the hotkeys were configurable as the ones burned into the device conflict with the ones I've been using for years (Ctrl-Alt-letters for launching favorite applications).

    OtherThoughts:

    See my photos of the insides.

    Bottomline:

    Simple, effective, no-nonsense. Don't be discouraged about my writing more cons than pros: this is nevertheless a good device, it's just me being too picky. ;-)

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