Azend Group MediaGate GP-IR01BK 1-Channel IR Windows Vista Media Center Remote Control and Receiver (Black)
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- GP-IR01BK Certified Windows MCE Vista Remote Control
- OS Format: Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate (1 Channel IR)
- MCE Remote Control and Receiver is Certified for Windows Vista
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Efficiently access your digital entertainment with our MCE remote control. A single remote control gives you the freedom to access your entertainment from anywhere in the room. The friendly Mediate Center on-screen menus are specially designed for remote control interaction, delivering a fun, engaging and integrated digital media experience. All-access digital entertainment as close as your MCE remote control. Use the MCE remote control to enjoy more type of entertainment offered by your Windows Vista Home Premium and Windows Vista Ultimate PC. The MCE Remote Control and Receiver uses the on-screen interface to offer you TV/Video recording, personal Video, Movies, Music, Photos, and Radio. TV tuner card with FM radio capability required for live TV and radio functionality.
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Since I could not be without a working remote, before I returned the IR02BK, I ordered the IR01BK as a replacement. Unfortunately, the pause button did not work on that remote either. Last night, after about five weeks of use, the IR01BK stopped working at all.
Since the RMA was issued, emails to the company have been ignored, including my request for a phone number so that we could try to resolve these issues. For those who wish to contact the company, based upon the RMA address, the product appears to have been distributed by Media Gate (Anyware Computer Accessories) in Baldwin Park, CA. Their phone number is 626-330-2203.
I have given up on trying to make either of the two remotes work. I will now temporarily reinstall the IR02BK and look for a remote with a better reliability history.
* Reasonable Price
* Good Range and Recognition - I've had no issues with 'line of sight' and I'm able to use the remote from all angles in my living room.
* Fast Response time - Many reviews on other remotes complain about issues with lag and slow response time, but button presses on the GP-IR01BK are registered nearly instantly.
* With Event Ghost I was able to configure every button to do exactly what I want it to within XBMC
CONs - (these aren't really issues with the device itself or it's performance just things that bother me YMMV)
* I feel like the media center button and the ok button should have switched positions. The design of the remote positions your hand such that your thumb always wants to press the media center button... Just have to get used to it.
* The media center button also turns on my xbox 360, so I'll have to figure out a way to disable this or stop it from happening.
**Side note - I'm using the remote on Win 7 64-bit Ultimate and have had 0 issues**
Setup: Regardless of which MC remote you buy, the setup process is identical. You plug the IR receiver into a USB port. That's it. Any mentions in reviews of Harmony remotes or other brands of remotes has no relevance. The IR receiver receives the IR signals, and Windows processes the info from them using its own drivers. The functionality does not vary and is specified by Microsoft.
IR Receiver: IR receivers vary from button sized ones at the end of cords to more hefty ones such as this one, to even larger ones. This one functioned well with the RC pointed at it, pointed away from it, and pointed at the wall behind me, in a room where the PC is about 15 feet away. I compared it with an even larger one (ironically pictured in the manual but not included) and the included one worked just as well.
Button layout: Although MC remote controls are not 100% standard, they tend to be pretty close in layout. The various clusters of buttons tend to be laid out similarly. On this model, the volume, mute and channel buttons are in the expected location surrounding the "green button" but are arranged in a circular fashion that makes them easily accessible by feel. Likewise, the cluster of buttons around the Play button is in a fairly standard arrangement, but its circular layout makes it very easy to find the correct buttons. If you've used a different brand MC remote control before, you'll have no problems getting used to this one almost immediately, and won't need to fumble for keys even without a backlit model.
Each button also has a text description of its function in case you are not initially familiar with the standard icons such as double arrows or a box with rabbit ears and red dot. Other brands of remote controls use identical icons on the buttons, but you need to know what they mean.
Additional features: Media Center remote controls are required to have a standard set of buttons. Their function is dictated by Microsoft, not the remote control manufacturer, so there's almost no variation from one MC remote to another in terms of which buttons are available. However, this one has a radio, music, pictures and video button which are not required buttons. They work exactly as you'd expect them to work in Media Center. There is also a Zoom button, that saves you the trouble of using the "i" button, moving to the left or right until you get to the zoom menu, and choosing a setting.
User manual: This remote control comes with a user manual. Since MC remotes are standard, many don't come with one and you can look up what the buttons do on Microsoft's website. This one describes what all the buttons do, and how you set up the IR receiver. It also mentions optional features that do not come with this particular model. It fails to mention that the IR emitter described is optional, but it's only relevant when the RC comes bundled with a tuner card.
If there are any weaknesses, it's that you are not buying a more expensive remote control with the optional features described. Other models could have a TV power button in place of the zoom button, in which case the remote would be a learning one for that feature, and (optionally) for the volume control, mute buttons and numeric keypad. If you use a separate RC for your TV anyway, it won't be a big deal. Also, a more expensive backlit model may be available. These are not really faults of the remote control though, but differences between it and more expensive models.
As long as you understand that this is designed as a dedicated purpose remote control for Windows Media Center, you will be getting a good one.
1) Contrary to other reviews, this works perfectly fine with Windows 7 64-bit. It automatically located the drivers and I was up and running with WMC (Windows Media Center) in about 3 minutes.
2) You can use a harmony remote with the transmitter provided with this remote. I am currently using my Harmony 700 with it, and after a little tweaking, it's working flawlessly.
3) As others have noted, the name needed to sync with your Harmony remote is Anyware GP-IR01BK
4) I was pleasantly surprised with the overall quality and design of this remote. It's not as 'cheap' as I expected and is really a usable remote for an HTPC rig. I bought it for the transponder but have used it alongside my Harmony and have had no issues with the remote. It's a nice remote--don't be scared to buy one.
Overall I think this is a really solid purchase and the price is very reasonable.
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