D-Link's Boxee Remote Ships With Full QWERTY Keypad For $50

There's the Apple remote, the Roku remote, and just because you need another remote in your life, the Boxee Remote. As with the Boxee Box, this device is actually built by D-Link, featuring a two-sided design, a full QWERTY keyboard on the rear and seamless integration with the Boxee software. It's compatible with both PC and Mac platforms, and it's primarily aimed at those who have computers hooked to HDTVs in an effort of creating their own HTPC.

The keyboard on the rear is a real stand-out feature; some of Samsung's newer televisions ship with a QWERTY-infused remote, but it's still a practice that isn't used nearly enough. At $49.99, it's certainly not inexpensive enough to buy as an afterthought, but it's available now for those who just can't live without one.

D-Link Introduces Boxee Remote Control for PC and Mac

Boxee Remote by D-Link Gives Boxee Software Users Living Room Feel From Home Theater PCs

FOUNTAIN VALLEY, Calif. – July 6, 2011 – D-Link today announced the Boxee Remote Control by D-Link, giving Boxee users on PC and Mac the innovative remote previously only found with the Boxee Box by D-Link. The Boxee Remote Control features a sleek, two-sided design with a full QWERTY keypad that works seamlessly with Boxee software – the most intuitive way for Mac and PC users to bring TV shows, movies, music, and photos from the Internet to their TV.

"The Boxee Remote Control is ideal for home theater enthusiasts who have customized their home entertainment environment with a specialized PC or Mac media center, but still want the Boxee Box's unique viewing experience on their TV," said Daniel Kelley, D-Link's Associate Vice President of Consumer Marketing, North America. "We are thrilled to offer this complementary tool to consumers already using Boxee's software on their home computers – enabling people to more easily search, browse and type from the couch."

Featuring double-sided controls with a built-in QWERTY keyboard and simple browsing interface, the Boxee Remote Control enables easy access to the search and social capabilities of the Boxee software on PC or Mac. Allowing users to enjoy and share their favorite video-on-demand service through their social networks, the Boxee Remote Control lets anyone quickly and easily input URLs and account information for their favorite websites. In addition, unlike infrared TV remotes, the Boxee Remote Control uses RF signals via an included nano-sized USB adapter so consumers never have to worry about pointing the remote at the computer.

"The Boxee Remote Control was one of the most talked about advances with the Boxee Box by D-Link. We're excited to bring it to all of the Boxee users who've built customized home media centers and want to get even more out of their Boxee software," said Andrew Kippen, vice president of marketing, Boxee. "For Boxee software users, this remote makes all the difference between a PC experience and one that feels like watching TV. Consumers can literally kick back, relax and control their SmartTV experience from their couch."

The Boxee Remote Control can also be used as an additional remote for the Boxee Box by D-Link. The Boxee Box is the easiest way to bring TV shows, movies, music, and photos from the Internet to your TV in a simple, easy-to-use way – all that's needed is a TV with an HDMI input and an Internet connection. Unlike any other set-top device, the Boxee Box has support for a full web browser, full HD streaming from the Internet, support for all popular media file formats, and integrated social networking that delivers personal recommendations from Facebook and Twitter straight to the TV.

Availability and Pricing
The Boxee Remote by D-Link (DSM-22) is currently available at Amazon.com, TigerDirect.com, NewEgg.com, and Buy.com, with an MSRP of $49.99.
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