It has nothing to do with the product itself, but I would like to mention the delivery time from merchant "MEGAShop". Between the date of the order and the arrival of the delivery (in Germany by DHL) passed exactly one month! As long as I just had to use the mouse my HTPC.
The infrared receiver has a 80cm long (or short) cable. The old receiver had a significantly longer cable. Who are his PC farther away, can easily be used here so a USB extension. There is no bonding surface to fix the receiver. Does not bother me because I can exactly place before the feet of the TV him and unobtrusively to put back the cable parallel to the rear. Both receiver and the remote control have an integrated LED, which flashes when a button is pressed. If times the batteries are dead, you as soon a "Troubleshooting", because you can see if the remote control for lack of power emits no signal or if possibly only the path between the remote and the receiver is blocked.
Oh yes, batteries are, how different is often the case, is not included. Here you should therefore hold 2x AAA batteries.
The remote control actually makes a robust impression. Sits comfortably in the hand and does not look cheap even by their weight. How long the surface remains visually appealing, will only become clear over time, if it is perhaps cuffed also here and there against a table edge (A remote control is nunmal a commodity). From experience with other devices I know that as a silver coated plastic does not last forever. This could have been high for my taste, but for the price is absolutely okay.
I use the remote control for the Microsoft Media Center. Plugged, automatic driver installation runs. Without rebooting, etc. Could not be better. The mouse function of the remote control is very good solution because it works like a joystick in all conceivable directions and can move the mouse pointer. Similar operations can, for example, the pointer only up / down and left / right controls. A permanent replacement for a mouse, it is of course still not, but ok if you want to click away times a Java update for example: o)
Enough said, who needs one robust unit that does not just have to compete with Highest-end components due to the plastic optics and so hurry because the delivery time is not, should access here; o)