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Monoprice products tend to be quite good -this item is an exception.
on November 5, 2014
Ordinarily, I find that Monoprice products are good - multiply that by how inexpensive they are, and I would say that makes Monoprice products quite good. They're not the very best, but their build quality is reliably good, they're functional, and they're CHEAP!
The semi-cheapness does show when one tries to attach the included sticky-foot. The bar can attach two ways. The foot has two little pegs that are meant to snap into the bottom of the bar. The spacing of these pegs is ever-so-slightly off, so that the two pieces will fit together, but will likely spring apart. The bar can also slide into the "c" shaped foot, and that seems to work. I have not actually mounted it this way, yet, so I can't say for sure how securely the bar is held.
But then there is a real exception to the "Monoprice products are good" rule. This item is heavy and the power switch inspires confidence, so the "build quality" portion of the rule appears to stand. And the item works, but only in a limited way. There is ALMOST NO off-axis functionality: my Wiimote must be on a line that is almost perpendicular to the bar in order for my Wii to "see" it. That is to say, I must be almost straight in front of the TV for this to work. (I must say that the range is good - I can be 15 or 20 feet away, as long as I am "straight" in front of the device.) I have not yet tried removing the plastic lenses from the front of the device, which one reviewer suggested would help. (He may not have been reviewing this item, but I might try it anyway.)
All in all, I must give this item a pass. If you ONLY want it for controlling your Wii (e.g. to select items from the menu), and you will be on-axis, this might be ok. If you want to play games that require it, or have any other reason for doing so, I would suggest you try a better light-bar.