ATI Remote Wonder

Review

posted 2/21/2003 by Charles Husemann
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One Page Platforms: PC
Navigating with the thumb pad is fairly easy. The cursor accelerates the longer you hold it in one direction, which makes navigating the screen simple. The mouse speed as well as the acceleration speed can be control using the drivers (helpful for those who are a little slow on the draw). It takes a little while to get used to, but once you get comfortable with using it, navigating around is relatively painless. The placement of the buttons controlling the mouse is also well done. It would have been nice for the drag button to be grouped with the left mouse button but again, once you get used to it, it’s not a problem.

Even without the ATI software, the remote plays well with other multimedia applications. It worked very well with WinDVD 4 and Windows Media Player 9. The only functionality I didn’t test was the TV tuner integration. However given the support for the other multimedia applications, I don’t see this being a problem. The dedicated arrow buttons are great for navigating DVD menus and can also be used to navigate application menus (which is nice since navigating menus with the mouse can be a little difficult).

If you have a PC based entertainment center, the Remote Wonder is a good substitute for a wireless keyboard and mouse combo. Although, you will want to have a wired keyboard tucked away someplace. This is doubly true if you have an ATI video card. I found the remote handy while working on this review. It’s nice to have a quick way to lower or mute the volume without having to reach for a volume knob or power button. With solid (and improving software), the Remote Wonder is a fantastic piece of technology for those that have a PC based entertainment center.


B+
With solid (and improving software), the Remote Wonder is a fantastic piece of technology for those that have a PC based entertainment center.


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