3 thoughts on “Xbox 360 Media Remote

  1. 51 of 56 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Reliable remote for the 360, better than the old white one, December 8, 2011
    By 
    John L. Miller (Redmond, WA) –

    = Fun:1.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Xbox 360 Media Remote (Video Game)
    I’ve had maybe a half dozen xboxes and xbox 360’s, and used 2-3 of them to play movies off my home server, off my windows media center (as an extender), off netflix, and heck, even from a DVD popped straight into the drive.

    Pro:
    + More compact, more solid feeling than the old remote
    + I don’t have to aim as precisely to control my xbox with this one as I did with the old remote (Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote)
    + works great as a universal remote for what I need it for. I *don’t* need to change channels.
    + no confusing ‘TV’ mode, as compared to the old remote!

    Con:
    – no media center button. It was handy but certainly not required. Just a few more steps to start up the extender.
    – no back-lighting on the buttons. Better know where they are!

    I used the old remote (Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote) for years. I bought this replacement it and tried it out. It took a little fiddling to get the batteries in (look for the arrow on the bottom of the case, and slide the bottom that direction. The ENTIRE bottom slides to open up the battery slot).

    The buttons feel better than the old remote: they have a more solid activation feel, and are less squishy. The remote’s got a nice feel to it, and I like the more compact size. It’s got separate power buttons for the TV and XBox, in addition to the ‘X’ button, which I like. It also has a much bigger sweet spot for controlling the xbox. I used to have to aim carefully, and even then try a few times for many of my presses on the old white remotes. This one works first time, every time.

    The ‘search’ way of programming the remote to work with my TV worked great, even though my TV is an old insignia (best-buy store brand) LCD. The new instructions are (from the xbox support site):

    1. Turn on your TV and point the media remote toward it.
    2. Press and hold the Mute and 5 buttons simultaneously for two seconds to enter TV programming mode.
    3. Press the Channel Up button repeatedly to send one code per button press from your media remote to your TV. By pressing Channel Up, you advance the code each time.
    4. When the correct code is sent from the media remote to your TV, your TV will turn off. Press the Select button to confirm your code.

    Good remote! The ‘con’s I list above are actually consequences of the design decisions in making the remote, and I think they’re the right decisions. Overall I think this remote is an improvement over the old one.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  2. 42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Nice, but where is the Green Button?, October 22, 2011
    By 
    Eric B (Dallas, TX) –

    = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
    Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
    This review is from: Xbox 360 Media Remote (Video Game)
    I like the look and feel, but didn’t realize until afterwards that there is not a media center “green button”. I liked that button on the other media center remotes because pressing that one button would turn on the XBox and launch Windows Media Center. Also, once you are in Media Center watching live tv, there is no single button (that I can find) which takes me to the main landing area of media center (pressing the back button a couple of times can usually get you back there). The “LAST” button doesn’t do anything, but you can still use the center “OK” button to go to the last channel. MENU doesn’t do anything either. Actually, pressing the MENU button plays the “you’re trying to do something that is not available” ding…so I guess it does do something. Y and B do nothing in media center and X and A changes the channel up or down? I can’t tell what the intended function of the remote is? Media Center or strictly XBOX guide? Perhaps it is intended to work better for the new upcoming updates (HBO Go, etc). All that being said, I would still buy another one.

    Pros:
    – Sleek look and feel
    – Can control the TV (limited but functional)

    Cons:
    – No “green button”
    – The LAST, MENU, Y, and B buttons don’t function in media center
    – No back-lit buttons

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

  3. 13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    No green button, no problem, June 16, 2012
    By 
    James

    = Fun:4.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: Xbox 360 Media Remote (Video Game)
    Thought I’d drop a quick review for this handy remote. I recently converted an Xbox 360 into a media extender and use this remote to watch TV / browse video on demand offerings. The remote works great! I read some reviews about the lack of the “green button” for Media Center and was a bit worried, but you do not need that button at all if you configure your xbox correctly. There is a setting on the xbox that allows you to default Media Center as the the app that loads anytime the xbox is powered on. Thus, hit the power button and boom.. media center loads. My only negative on this remote is that the buttons are not backlit for use in the dark.

    0

    Help other customers find the most helpful reviews 

    Was this review helpful to you? Yes
    No

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.