Tuesday, December 2, 2008

New ESPN Remote Control Criticized

Besides excessive branding — does it really need to grunt the SportsCenter theme song when you turn it on? — the Ultimate Remote’s real differentiator is built-in WiFi. Net powers let it show news headlines, TV listings, and sports scores on its display. You can even browse websites, but the screen’s so small we just got annoyed and walked to our computer. Worse, inputting device codes is a trial-and-error affair acceptable only on a $25 remote from Radio Shack. Plus, it’s uncomfortable to hold, with tiny, tightly packed buttons. Ultimately, not so ultimate.

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