"civilised movie watching"4.5 starson by jahpeople
Pros: you don't have to use a controller to watch movies
Cons: weird button layout, bluetooth only = not universal
Summary: the sony ps3 blu ray dvd remote is a nice clean solution to movie watching. it has all of the important functions clearly mapped and labled on its surface. visually it matches the design of the ps3, which means it has a glossy black surface that is prone to marks from finger prints. an odd choice for a remote.
the thing about any kind of remote for a game system is that you're paying for a superfluous piece of hardware. i don't really need this, but for some reason i want it. for me, using a ps3 controller to watch movies is a completely unintuitive process. i either have to memorise which commands are mapped to which button, or use an onscreen menu to issue commands. i find this to be a clunky, inelegant solution. if you share this sentiment then buy this remote right now, you'll thank yourself later.
there are a few problems with this remote, but they are minor. for one the number layout is in an odd position. the choice to keep all of those rectangular buttons grouped together in a single matrix may look nice, but it sure is inconvenient. you will hardly, if ever, use those number buttons. outside of typing scenarios they are pretty much useless.
the bigger grief here is the limited functionality of this remote. this is a single purpose device, usually a no no in my home, but you can't really fault the remote (as the cnet review points out). since ps3 is bluetooth only and doesn't use the much more common IR, you won't be using this with any other a/v equipment. this means you'd better be committed to adding yet another remote control to your growing collection.
in a nutshell this remote is a pretty handy device. i couldn't imagine watching movies on my ps3 without it, and frankly i don't want to. it's a bummer that it's not a universal remote, but it's overall usefulness surpasses any perceived shortcomings.