It's called the MK1 Premium Media Remote by a company called Gioteck, and the only disappointing thing about is that it doesn't seem to be available in North America. In Europe, I picked one up from Amazon for £25, and I'm really impressed by it.
The kicker is that on the back of this media remote is a full QWERTY keyboard. But it's also a very good media remote, and another example of a third-party one-upping Microsoft's own official offering.
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It looks the part
The MK1 was designed with the standard Xbox One S in mind, hence the white paint job. It's actually a little reminiscent of the old Xbox 360 official Media Remote, just not quite as tall. It's pretty chunky, but no more so than a regular TV remote at least.
It's plastic all over and very light, with rubber buttons throughout aside from the round navigation and OK buttons. All the buttons have great tactile feedback and are spaced out sufficiently that there's no chance of ever hitting the wrong one.
All of the main controller buttons are replicated, with the only absentees being the shoulder buttons and triggers. Additionally, you get a dedicated button for OneGuide as well as an eject button for popping those discs out.
Dedicated volume and channel changing buttons are also a welcome addition for folks who watch their TV through their Xbox. And when it comes to power, it just takes a pair of AAA batteries. No recharging, but battery life should be pretty decent.
What sets the MK1 apart from the rest is the QWERTY keyboard built into the back of it. It's also illuminated, with the lighting turning on when you flip the remote over to that side.
To use the regular remote features you just point and press, but to use the keyboard you'll need to attach a wireless dongle to one of the USB ports on your console. You also still get the onscreen keyboard popping up, but functionally the one on the MK1 works perfectly well. When you're not using the dongle, it slots away neatly into the bottom of the remote.
It's really well designed, too, with the battery compartment acting as a split in the keyboard. This makes using it with two hands comfortable, much more so than something like the Xbox One chatpad.
You're not going to be going into the browser and hammering out emails with it, but for searching for content and redeeming codes, it's infinitely better than using the onscreen keyboard.
The bottom line
The only negative thing about this remote is that it seems it's only available in Europe. That's a shame, because it's truly an excellent accessory and has made interacting with my Xbox One so much better than fiddling with a controller when I'm not actually gaming.
Microsoft's official remote was always too small and basic, and some of the other third-party choices I've looked at over the years didn't scratch the right itch either.
The Gioteck MK1 has everything you could possibly want from a remote when you're feet up on the sofa. All the media controls you need are right there, and when you need to enter some text just flip it over and get cracking with the keyboard. And at less than £25 it's very affordable, too.
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Looks pretty horrific.
Looks ugly but functionally seems pretty good - I would consider getting a black one but I would prefer to just have 1 remote that works with everything, including Xbox One if possible
I purchased the harmony elite and do not regret it! Check it out work with everything and 100% with the one :D
So you can use this to navigate the Xbox One menus for media, play and pause etc. all from one remote? If so I may need to invest in one of those next year - Right now I control my soundbar through the TV remote using HDMI ARC/CEC Control so I got rid of 1 remote at least
I'll stick with my harmony elite and chatpad combo.
What is the chatpad you're referring to? I'm looking for an all-in-one remote solution. I've been considering a Harmony remote but don't know where to start. I want one remote that could replace my Xbox, tv, fire stick and sound bar remotes. Any suggestions?
Still requires line of sight?
> Glances at article. > Sees a remote that isn't the Logitech Harmony Elite. > Disregards rest of article.
I looked at Amazon, saw the price of the Logitech Harmony Elite and disregarded your comment ;-) I'm not paying more for a remote than the console.
I have a Logitech Harmony Elite. Honestly, not that impressed for the money. Prefer that Talon over it that I reviewed and it's just $20.
LOL, who in their right mind pays that much for a remote;
Elitists. That's basically who. I can control my TV with an app on my phone. Seems that ultra expensive remotes are for dinosaurs to me ;-)
This same remote is available at Game stop under a different name. Manufacturer name is "YOK". The querty keyboard backside is black as is the writting on the buttons in front othewise it is exactly the same. Illuminated keyboard. $30.
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