Firstly I'd like to point out that the remote is perfectly functional, but the infrared sensor on the original 360 is pretty poor. This was first evident when I synced it with my TV to change the volume (very handy feature) and it worked from any direction I pointed it. So, that kind of proves the infrared on the original 360 models suck - BUT after buying the new slim xbox, I can say it works perfectly well with that. So when you see a review saying the remote sucks because you have to point it directly at the xbox, it is a little misleading because its actually the 360's sensor. Overall this remote is fully functional and convenient instead of using an actual controller all the time - you don't have to power it up or power it down every time you use it, there are direct buttons for changing audio/angle and aspect ratio, and of course linking the remote with your TV. I would like to see Microsoft release a new version of this remote, but it will probably just get the black treatment like the rest of their accessories. If you've got the spare cash and you watch a lot of DVD's/media through your xbox, I'd highly recommend it!