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User reviews for the ATI Remote Wonder from ATI Technologies Inc.
ATI Remote Wonder
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Average: 3.42/5.00
Median: 3.33/5.00
Looking for a way to control your home theater computer? ATI's Remote Wonder uses RF to control a PC's mouse and multimedia application functions.

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Written by Pencilneck from Knoxville, TN.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 13 made on Saturday May 10, 2003 at 11:55 PM.
Strengths:Cheap, uses RF, 3rd party plug-ins for popular software.
Weaknesses:Drivers can be a hassle to install and get it to work the way you want it to.
Review:At first I was kind of feeling let down with this remote, but this was due to the poor driver that came with it. Driver version 1.1 only allows very basic use. Driver version 1.2 and beyond lets the remote have more power (and you UPGRADE from 1.1 to 1.2). Once I got ver1.2 installed, I was able to control WinAmp 2.9, Windows Media Player 6.4 with plug ins that you can find for free on the internet. I got a free copy of PowerDVD and the remote controls it right out of the box.

For my use, I'm building a MP3 system for my car with a 7" LCD display. With the remote in hand, I can select play list, start up Winamp's AVS, and all kinds of control that I didn't have with my old MP3 system in my car (think mouse pad and small keyboard). With the remote, I will have better control of the system.

IMHO, the drivers for this remote are holding it back, 1.1 was pretty lame, 1.2 is a MUST to get any real use. I'm sure in time an even better driver will be released and set this house on fire!
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Written by RD from USA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 12 made on Saturday February 8, 2003 at 6:04 PM.
Strengths:Nice design, feels very sturdy. RF is much better than infared, great range (Remote works from 40 feet or more, even thru walls). Great price (came free with my $179 ATI 8500DV All-In-Wonder) video card.
Weaknesses:ALL BUTTONS SHOULD BE PROGRAMABLE. ATI ATI should provide more programmable button options such as every keyboard key, and every alt/ctl key combination with any other keyboard key. ATI should include better Remote software, similar to Girder or uICE.
Review:The ATI Remote Wonder works great, except for the weaknesses I mentioned. I also did not have much luck with Girder software, so I went back to just using the ATI Remote software.


If you have a problem with the range of the remote being only 10-15 feet,
get a 6 foot USB extension cable, and mount and mount your RF box at least 6 feet from your computer/monitor. I did this, and it makes a huge difference in the range!!

Apparently the computer/monitor cause RF interference when the RF box is mounted too close.

Now that my RF box is 6 feet from my computer, I can go 40 feet away (I measured) into another room, and my computer reponds to every button I press on my remote.

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Written by Master C from France.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 11 made on Sunday January 26, 2003 at 12:43 AM.
Strengths:Excuse my english..., I'm French. I got my RW by a friend who bought AIW8500DV and it works even if you haven't got an ATI card.
There are a lot of buttons on the remote and this is super when you have a software like UiCE. I use my remote wonder with winamp 2.80, winamp 3, WMP 9, Power DVD, The playa(divx).
Weaknesses:A software like UiCE could have been given with the product to make its use easier and much more multi purpose
Review:This would be an excellent product if a good software was given with it
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Written by MIke DeFalco from MD.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 3-6 months.
Review 10 made on Saturday January 25, 2003 at 3:34 PM.
Strengths:Remote came with AIW8500DV.All of the ATI apps work fine on my XP pro system.None of the apps crash and the DVD player is the first one I've used that wasn't choppy.
Weaknesses:I would like more options for the programed butoons.
Review:I've had the AIW 8500DV in my system for aobut 6 months.I havn't had any trouble with it or the ATI apps.I'm waiting for the 9700 AIW to come down in price so I can use it in the next system I build.My system is custum built.I have an AMD 1.4gig,256MB DDR,biostar M7MIA w/ RAID controller,2 maxtor 60 gig HD,DVD,CDRW.I started out with Nvidia Geforce364MB and I see no performance drop at all.
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Written by Bruce Gates from Vancouver, BC.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 6-12 months.
Review 9 made on Wednesday January 22, 2003 at 12:06 PM.
Strengths:Beautiful design, love the feel and texture! Can keep it under the blanket and it works, (my bedroom is cold) Love have the ability to control the cursor
Weaknesses:Some functions work and then don't work like it has a gremlin in it. Centered around ATI software and I don't use their DVD player, so it doesn't work.
Review:I think this is a GREAT porduct, BUT ATI needs to develop or allow others to develop plugs in's to their software, ie I use Windows media for my DVD so a plug in for that would be great! I think it is long overdue for a software upgrade! Are you reading the ATI? Free with my AIW 8500DV card, cannot beat the price!
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Written by Tom Cavanaugh from Upper Marlboro, MD.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 8 made on Monday January 6, 2003 at 3:01 AM.
Strengths:Cheap (if you got it for free like I did.)
Weaknesses:Software keeps bringing up dialog boxes (Watch a DVD and then press the TV button to watch a broadcast or cable channel. Nothing happens on the TV. You have to go to the computer to see the dialog box asking if you're sure.) Can't uninstall the software after installing updates(!)
Review:Good remote if the software was as good. It took me a while to figure out that the remote doesn't do anything unless an ATI application has the focus, and if it loses the focus, you may have to go back to your computer to do stuff. It's good for changing channels and pausing, fast forwarding and rewinding DVDs and TV-On-Demand, but for anything else you'll have to go back to your PC. The DVD app only uses about 25% of the CPU, but the TV app uses 100% (even if you're not using the TV-On-Demand) so if your computer is doing anything else, like retrieve e-mail or run Norton System Doctor or the like, the video will be jumpy.
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Written by KC from Wisconsin.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 6-12 months.
Review 7 made on Thursday December 19, 2002 at 11:28 PM.
Strengths:Works great for navagating around XP and intagrates well with ATI software.
Weaknesses:The programable buttons don't seem to hold. I keep having to program it to open media player. I had to reinstall the software without spaces in the location line because the XP Pro never had the "" around the entry so the remote would not start when windows loaded. Be nice if I could control my VCR and AMP.
Review:I got my remote with an ATI all-in-wonder 7500. The remote is fine but limited, I am considering a wireless kybr that way I could work from anywhere I could still read the screen. Unforunately most features are meant for use with the crash proned ATI software. Although limited I would be lost without it and have to purchase another my computer is my only TV, it does everything. I enjoy being able to switch from TV to DVD and then at the end of the night shutting down the computer without even getting out of bed.
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