Gyration GYR4101US Air Music Remote
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- Enables you to navigate, play media, and take complete control of your digital music library from the comfort of your couch using RF technology
- The back lit LCD screen makes it easy to navigate through your entire music library and take control of your iTunes or Windows Media Player
- The infrared universal learning remote provides you with control of up to three other audio / video electronic devices
- The Microsoft Green Button allows you to activate Microsofts Windows Media Center interface with the press of a button plus shortcuts buttons
- With seamless integration of the Internet and Windows Media Center, the Air Music Remote delivers access to IPTV, YouTube Video
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With Gyration¿s intelligent Air Music Remote featuring MotionSense, the world just got a little bit easier to navigate.No strings, no wires, no tricks, no gimmicks ¿ just better technology allowing a more comfortable, portable mouse to operate in the air or on the desk.Take control of your applications with a flick of the wrist.You¿ll wonder how you ever did it any other way.The Gyration Air Music Remote combines the functionality of an In-Air Mouse with a Media Center PC remote and Universal IR control.It¿s the perfect companion for home entertainment and PC convergence, offering complete access to your iTunes or Windows Media music from up to 100¿ away with RF technology and built-in LCD screen.The remote is Microsoft Green Button certified and includes the one touch access to the Windows Media Center interface.The IR Universal remote allows you to control three A/V electronic components including televisions, DVD players, cable/satellite set top boxes, and more.The Gyration Air Music Remote with MotionSense, a gyroscopic subsystem containing sensory devices to sense motion, allows you to take control with natural in-air hand motions.It provides five degrees of freedom and 360° roll compensation to deliver any rolled orientation and produces true X-Y moon, dynamic drift compensation, and drift correction during motion.Experience the patented MotionSense technology inside the Air Music Remote that delivers precise in-air cursor control, accuracy, convenience, and functionality.Use natural and comfortable wrist movements to take control of your iTunes or Windows Media Player content on your computer. The back lit LCD screen makes it easy to navigate through your entire music library.Interference free 2.4 GHz RF allows you to take mouse control from up to 100 feet away with no line of sight restrictions.Enjoy optimum control of your entertainment system with the universal IR learning capabilities which can control other consumer electronic components.
Top customer reviews
The most intuitive remotes I have seen have had an intuitive and color coded layout to them. The Harmony remotes by far are the best remotes on the market. The Tivo remote is singularly the most intuitive remote I've ever used, both with buttons you can quickly learn to find without looking. The rectangular shape of the Gyration Air Music seems to be (from a design standpoint) about 15 years behind the curve. The obscure markings are not immediately obvious, and the LCD display, while a great concept, falls short with a very small type and an unimpressive backlighting that, while adequate, is lacking.
Having only used this remote for half a day I wouldn't say I've given it a fair shake; I'll update in a week or so, but at this point I have a feeling I'll end up giving a Harmony remote a try.
Updated review: After using for a month, I up the rating by one star. Though I stand by my initial impressions regarding button size, readability, etc., the hand held remote combining the mid-air gyro mouse just completely rocks. If you frequently find yourself wanting to minimize Media Center, then switch back to button control, this remote is singularly unique. Otherwise you may do better with a Harmony.
Several drawbacks exist though which combined make the product good but not great.
The iTunes control application is poorly designed by comparison to the iPod Remote application ([.....]). The application appears to load the entire iTunes library which takes a long time for a large library, and can run out of memory depending on the specs of your computer. Moreover, when the remote has been idle for some time, and you press the music button to view the iTunes library on the LCD screen, it takes a long time to "reload" the library. By contrast, the iPod Remote application is unaffected by the size of the iTunes library, and is a much better way to control iTunes than with this device. Finally, I have owned this remote for almost a year and Gyration has not released a software update for the iTunes control application.
The remote has a "volume punch through" feature which allows the volume / mute control to be always assigned to one of the IR components, e.g., the aux receiver. However, volume control doesn't punch through when you are controlling the PC, only when you are controlling one of the IR components. This means that you have to select, for example, Aux to adjust the volume on the receiver when you are watching a movie on the PC. Not a big deal...
Another limitation is that you must be logged on the PC via the console in order to control iTunes with the remote. So, for example, if you are logged in to the PC via Remote Desktop then you can't control iTunes. Again, not a huge deal...
The other obvious limitation is that you can only select three external components but that may be enough in many cases...
Overall, a good remote for those who have a Windows Media Center HTPC but the iTunes control is practically unusable for large libraries.
1) Gyr is cheap - technology is changing fast and paying too much for RC doesn't feel right.
2) Volume and Mute buttons on ZV are not functional yet.
3) Have doubts in viability of ZeeVee company. High price of ZV remote indicates high production cost - I do prefer this to cheap crap made by unknown handyman in China, but if the company goes under, it's a lot of inconvenience. If they are still around in a few years, I think I'll go for it.
Gyr4101us - THE GOOD:
Mouse function works, no lag. I re-mapped some buttons via Eventghost freeware - many thanks to [...] - he describes older Gyr model. I'm not an IT person and it was difficult to figure out how to use EG freeware - Help files from EG creators didn't help much.
Notes on EG: Changed EG Tree (i.e. remapped buttons) doesn't save automatically, I saved it as Tree.Ctrl in EG>Classes>Mainframe (don't know what Classes is, but there was some other Tree.Ctrl there already). Set EG to start when system starts - this is part of the "brain" of Gyr4101, it stores remapped layout.
Big Green button now activates Zinc TV browser (I like it better than Boxee).
RF penetration ability :) is good - USB dongle is at the back of my PC under the desk and behind the sofa bed.
Backlight is a good idea.
Automated programming of IR receiver of old TV set works well.
THE BAD AND THE UGLY:
Shape - hourglass shape makes easy to find and use the mouse without looking, but why so looong and narrow?
Navigation arrows and Transport buttons are tiny - only Play is big, so I'll remap it to work as Play/Pause toggle for media player.
"Hump" around the battery compartment becomes warm soon, not much but unpleasant.
Labels on buttons are OK, but those on the casing (next to the buttons) are tiny and faint.
Backlight is freaky violet, like some "ray of death" from aliens, and bright LED on the top left blinks each time with this weird light, you notice it in a dark room with the corner of your eye. Will put a piece of tape on it.
When you put it in TV mode and then press Big Green button (intended for Windows MC, but mine activates Zinc browser), it switches to PC mode. Somehow Green button has got such an authority.
Like some reviews noted, Volume Punch Through doesn't work. The idea was to assign Volume and Mute buttons to some device (by default - to TV), and then even in PC mode it will control TV volume. No chance. In PC mode it controls Windows volume - not a TV or other device.
Awkward scrolling. Navigation arrows do scroll webpage in Mozilla browser, but anywhere else you have to point the mouse on the scroll bar and click.
I'm not into games, and perhaps use excessive force on the mouse button (you have to press it to move the mouse). As a result, pointing mouse on small objects takes concentration (contracted "pressing" muscles interfere with "pointing" efforts). As a result, fingers are getting tired. Hopefully it will get better when I will know better where I want the mouse to go and won't be toying with it too much.
I wish I knew Hot Keys or Eventghost command line for Transport buttons (Play/Pause/RW/FF/Skip) on ZV, so that I could use it on Gyr4101. As it is now, in internet streams via Zinc TV or another browser I have to point the mouse and click on the controls shown in the window of flash player or Divx that website is streaming.
It mostly does what it says. There aren't many RF RC with mouse function, and at $60 it's possibly the 2nd best (after ZV which I didn't try).
I don't think much of its IR feature (which ZV doesn't have), because I need to switch every time to TV (or other IR device) to control, say, Volume or Zoom etc on TV, and then back to PC if I'm running media from PC - could just grab a TV remote for a second.
Wii-style of mouse pointing is cute, but it would be better to have a touch-pad with scroll bars like on ZV or laptop.
I didn't load Gyration software to control music via tiny display, - wasn't interested. Display is too small for doing this comfortably.
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