Originally Posted by El Gabito
Can any current owners and/or Ian comment on the placements of the DVR/DVD controls? It seems quite unnatural to have them at the top. They are BY FAR the most frequently used buttons on my remote (along with guide/info/exit). Having them in the middle seems most natural.
I was a bit concerned with this before I got it, but it has not been a problem at all. In one of their promotional videos they show how the underside of the remote is made so you can easily move the remote in your hand to reach the various buttons, and this does work nicely.
Also, play/pause, skip forward and back, and volume, can all be done on the touchscreen. I've switched my DVR activity to have the touchscreen change to the gesture pane, and I use that a lot. Those gestures are nice because they take less pressure than most remote buttons do, so I can swipe it with any finger without picking the remote up. This is very handy when eating pizza for instance. Just a gentle swipe or tap with a finger, and I don't risk getting the remote all greasy.
And one other thing that works out nicely with the separation between the buttons, I no longer have to feel around on the remote for a second to establish which set of keys my thumb is resting on. There's no possible confusion between the transport buttons and cursor buttons as I've had with some remotes.
The physical design of this remote is excellent. My only minor complaints, which I have may have mentioned elsewhere in this thread, are the lack of skip/back as separate buttons, and the glossy surface which isn't easy to clean. Fingerprints build up, and since you can't pull the battery I can't figure out a very effective way to clean the remote without activating things. As long as the cloth you are using doesn't activate the touch screen you can clean it, but it'd be simpler if there was some way to completely deactivate the remote. Other than those two issues, the remote feels good in your hand, it's just very ergonomic, and it's very intuitive to use once you have it set up.