Originally Posted by aclos3
Actually, zooming through the WMC guide with a mouse is a pretty smooth and fast experience.
EDIT: It seems like everyone with a remote setup is very defensive. Are you trying to justify your purchase or the time it took to get it configured properly? The way the original poster uses his HTPC might suggest that a remote is not worth it for him and we're trying to provide some counter points to the "get a remote now," camp.
I presented some pretty good use cases that show the clear superiority of remotes which weren't refuted or even acknowledged.
Here's the investment I have in getting my remote configured properly: Plug in $15 IR dongle, spend 5 minutes making a "Watch TV" activity macro. I have keyboards/mice and keyboard/mouse apps I use when needed, but the most efficient interface by far for watching my DVR is a universal remote. I press one button to turn on my TV, PC and AVR, select all the proper inputs and launch media center. Then I use the transport, arrow keys, menu keys an num keys to navigate and control playback, all without ever looking at my remote or taking my attention off the program I'm watching. Doing otherwise simply makes no logical sense. If I have an application that works better with a keyboard/mouse, I have no problem doing that. However, it's a very rare event.
To those that never change inputs or even change volume, what kind of system do you have? How do you integrate game consoles, home automation, or other playback devices?
Of course it's possible to control everything with a mouse. It's probably even possible to type with your feet. But why would anyone want to do that unless they had to?