ESPN's Ultimate Remote separates itself from the hordes of universal remote controls on the market in two promising ways. First, it integrates 802.11g Wi-Fi for web surfing and accessing e-mail from the sofa. Second, it positively screams ESPN, and will likely appeal to hard-core sports fans. It's hard to ignore the large ESPN logo above its 2.2-inch QVGA screen, along with matching logos on either side of the fire-engine red device. The controller even has a built-in speaker that plays the TV network's theme song when you turn it on. The problem is, despite its $300 price tag, it is not particularly simple to set up or use, and it doesn't execute any of its fancy Web tricks gracefully.
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This had a lot of potential, hopefully they'll learn from the misses on this one and version 2 will be closer to the Harmony One. But it would be sports geek cred to have the ESPN theme coming out of your remote while watching the game.