Ignoring the retro styling of this EZ Commander remote, it's got one remarkable feature that makes the whole five-buck-design worthwhile: a trackball. Even though trackballs went out of style for most computer users (some die hards still swear by them) they make plenty of sense to use with a remote, so you can mouse around the screen without having to actually use a mouse. It's too bad that it costs $80, which is a good $50 more than standard Media Center remotes go for these days. [Think Geek via Gadgettastic via DVice]
Hey, the trackball is making a come back. Just check out the BlackBerry devices these days. Trackball technology kicks fancy-dancy iPhone touch screen technology any day, man!
On a relatively more serious note, trackballs have their place. That place tends to be on devices where you need to move something around a free-form area, and do not have the ability to use a mouse or touch screen. So, this remote control would be a great example.