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Remote Control & Home Theater Gate
The included remote was comfortable and easy to use and had a pretty good range
of about 15 feet, did not require direct line-of-sight, and could be used to
turn on or put the system to sleep. The remote is designed to control Home Theater
Gate, Asus' version of Media Center.
The software's main menu is fairly simple, with options for music, video,
photos, and internet radio.
The video menu is the most basic with a simple browse and play interface
and no thumbnail or preview option. Both video and music are played via
Windows Media Player.
The audio menu is slightly more advanced as you can check off tracks to
make a simple play list. There is also a folder you can use as a shortcut
to your favorites.
The photo menu looks more or less like Media Center, though it lacks the
ability to do slideshows.
Once configured, any number of internet radio stations can be played through
Home Theater Gate using the bundled mediaU player.
Using the remote control was simple and intuitive, though Home Theater Gate
is no replacement for Windows Media Center. The menus lack both flash and functionality.
The remote can actually be used with Media Center, but many of the shortcut
buttons are tied to Asus' software as they are designed to jump from menu to
menu. Unless you plan on playing different types of media at the same time,
it's probably easier to use it as a Media Center remote.
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