The Nyko Intelligent Remote 360's biggest selling point is its "smart" feature, which allows you to map functions learned from other remotes onto the 22 buttons on the bottom half of the clicker, as well as the power button on the top. In order for the remote to learn these functions, you have to place the original remote's infrared sensor about an inch from the Intelligent Remote's, and press the button you want the Nyko to learn. The process is imprecise, and you're never quite sure if the remote learned the command until you try it out. Also, some commands don't take that well--mapping one TV remote's volume up/down to the Intelligent Remote's volume up/down didn't produce the seamless volume increase and decrease you'd expect from a normal remote. Rather, the volume shot up sporadically five or six digits at a time. Furthermore, a learning remote without any sort of labeling system is pointless. Unless you have a crib sheet handy or are an expert in mnemonics, you're never going to remember the functions you mapped to anything except the power button and the volume and channel controls. Microsoft's Xbox 360 Universal Media Remote can't control two components, and the Nyko fails in trying to control even more.
When you combine the lackluster design of the product and the not-so-smart "smart" feature, the result is one of the more unnecessary accessories available for the Xbox 360. Unfortunately, if you want to step up to a true advanced universal remote that's designed for the Xbox 360, you'll have to pay a lot more for something along the lines of the Logitech Harmony Xbox 360 Universal remote. For roughly 10 bucks more, you're better off buying the official Microsoft remote, despite its flaws.