Wireless PC control? Nope
At first I thought the SilverStone ES02-USB wireless remote to turn your PC on and off was a good idea. Then I thought about it and quickly realised it’s a complete waste of money. Firstly, some people leave their PCs switched on 24/7, so they wouldn’t need it. Some people also leave their PC in sleep mode and they wouldn’t need it either.
My PC’s power switch is at arm’s length from my seating position, so I wouldn’t buy it. Also, if I had the remote and it was on my desk, my PC’s power button would be nearer to me. That leads me to other reasons it won’t sell. For it to benefit you with regards to your PC’s position, you’d always need to keep it nearer to you than your PC’s power button. What happens when you or your other half dusts the PC area? The remote will always get moved, especially if it’s anything like our TV remote. Likewise, if you have kids – they’re likely to see it, pick it up and move it – if it’s anything like our house, it will just get lost.
You could say it’s ideal for HTPCs, yet that could come with its own remote, or people would already have one. Then that leads to another problem. Your article showed how to remove the on/ button from your case. What happens if you lose the ES02-USB? You then can’t turn on your PC. I think it’s one of those items that seems to be a good idea, but then
when you consider the market, it’s very niche. Count me out. JULIAN VICARI
Ben: Well, I think you’ve made a very good case for the SilverStone ES02USB not being for you and your household, Julian! To be fair, it’s probably not for me either, for many of the reasons you list above. That said, it may well be a niche product, but then so are many of the products and ideas we feature – the beauty of having a custom computer setup is that it’s tailored for your own individual needs, rather than what the majority of people necessarily want.
Like you, my PC is on my desk within arm’s reach, but some people don’t have room for that, and may have their PC under the desk, or in another place that’s not convenient to reach from their seat. Some people, unlike you and I, also don’t have kids and are more careful when dusting their desks!
Don’t rely solely on a wireless PC remote if you think you’re likely to lose it