There are few things more useless in the world than a half-baked iPod remote control. By its very nature, the iPod's multitier, nested folder organization requires you to look at its screen to make any sense of navigation. The best attempts at creating an iPod remote control either turn the iPod itself into a remote (Belkin TuneStage), or make use of a connected television set to make the iPod's display legible from across the room (DLO HomeDock Deluxe). The Bexy iMirror ($149) delivers a third type of novel solution to the iPod remote-control dilemma, by offering a remote control with a built-in screen.
The Bexy iMirror comes in two parts: a square base station that charges your iPod and connects to your home theater; and a full-size, rechargeable remote control. The iMirror's remote control is the more magical of the two components, offering a backlit 1.5-inch monochrome LCD display that reveals the contents of your docked iPod. The remote control uses 2.4GHz RF technology to give it a rated operating distance of 150 feet. We experienced a more realistic range of around 50 feet with some walls thrown in between the remote and the base. While the 150-foot wireless range might be unlikely, if you've ever wanted to dock your iPod next to your living room stereo and reliably steer the music playback from the kitchen, the Bexy iMirror is one of the most fully developed solutions we've seen for less than $200.