Rounding It Out
To operate MCE, you need a compatible remote. Most users get the OEM remote control from Microsoft (see Figure 1). It takes a bit of practice, especially since you can only use the Back button to navigate out of most screens.
Don't forget that your MCE is also a home PC. One of the great advantages of this system is that you can relax supine on the couch while surfing the Internet, working on reports, etc. This will go a long way toward relieving back, buttock, and neck strain from computer overuse. So you'll need a wireless keyboard. At the time of writing, Microsoft had just released an OEM keyboard. However, I purchased another ergonomic brand for less than half the price, and I've been happy with it. (It's the BTC 9019URF wireless multimedia keyboard with dual-mode joystick.)