Gyration Media Center PC Universal Remote Control and Compact Keyboard Suite review: Gyration Media Center PC Universal Remote Control and Compact Keyboard Suite

CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.0
  • Design: 8.0
  • Features: 8.0
  • Performance: 8.0
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The Good Accurate mousing via motion-sensitive remote control; easy setup; universal infrared functions can match the remote to other home theater components; small keyboard perfect if you're committed to mostly passive HTPC-based entertainment.

The Bad Expensive; remote-based mouse control takes a little getting used to.

The Bottom Line Gyration's keyboard and remote control set makes perfect sense to us for driving a home theater PC in your living room. It's easy to set up and almost as easy to use. True, $200 might feel like a lot to pay for PC input hardware, but driving your PC from your couch has never been this simple.

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The Gyration Media Center PC Universal Remote Control and Compact Keyboard Suite is a mouthful of a product name. Fortunately, nearly everything else about it is easy. We're still not in love with the idea of bringing a keyboard into the living room, but until we find a better alternative, this $200 combination set of a motion-sensitive remote control and a compact keyboard is the best we've seen for taking full control of your home theater PC.

The highlight of Gyration's new set is the Media Center Remote Control. At 8.75 inches long, it's roughly as long as a typical remote control, although it's thicker toward the bottom to accommodate its built-in gyroscope. That gyroscope drives the motion sensitivity, the key feature that makes it easy to forgive the remote's extra thickness.

Installing the Gyration remote control is as easy as plugging the radio frequency USB receiver dongle into your PC and pressing each connect button, one on the dongle and one on the remote itself. You don't need to install any software, which makes it simple to swap the remote between different PCs. You can also remove the dongle and plug it back in later, and it will remember the components you've matched it with.

In addition to the standard remote-control functions such as changing channels, controlling tracks, and adjusting the volume, the Gyration remote also lets you drive the mouse cursor around the screen through motion tracking. If you've tried the Nintendo Wii's controller, the effect is very similar.

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Gyration Media Center PC Universal Remote Control and Compact Keyboard Suite

Part Number: GPR6105CK Released: Feb 26, 2007

As Reviewed: $199

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  • Release date Feb 26, 2007