One of the coolest things about D-Link’s Boxee-powered Boxee Box is not the interesting UI. It’s not the pyramid shape. It’s the remote control. Boxee’s unique remote control is one of the best we’ve seen for navigating an HTPC setup, and now it’s available for anyone with the cash to plunk down.
The remote comes with just a couple of buttons on the front, and a full – if tiny – QWERTY keyboard on the back. With this remote, you won’t need to worry about keeping a keyboard handy just in case you wish to enter some quick text.
D-Link built the remote to use radio transceivers, not infrared, as is standard for most remote controls. On the downside (for Boxee Box users), it means that you can’t program other “universal” remote controls to work with the system. On the upside (for everyone else), it means you don’t have to worry about anything blocking your signal. Just press a button and you’re off to the races, just like with a wireless keyboard or mouse.
The remote control is available today – D-Link priced it pretty high, at $49.99. Retailers such as Amazon have already put the device (DSM-22) on sale, charging a more reasonable $39.99.