Since the MediaLife software isn't really the focus of this review I'll just touch on it briefly. This is sort of a slimmed down version of Microsoft's Media Center Edition OS. It allows you to see what your doing while selecting entertainment type files from across the room, as in seated comfortably on your couch or recliner.
From the startup screen you can choose your flavor of media; either photos, music, or videos. Each of these options will take you to the corresponding "My" folder, as in My Photos, My Music, My Videos. You can then hit the more button and get to your hard drive(s). The photo section allows you to look at photos individually or as a slide show.
You can go into settings and change the duration of each slide, the transition effect between slides, and whether or not you want some of your music playing while the slide show is on. Choosing the music option will show you the music files on your computer and allow you to sort them by a few different options shown on the right (i.e. title, album, author).
It also has a visualization feature as do most music players out there, which allows you to watch pretty colors swirling around to the beat of the music. It will also allow you use playlists that you make elsewhere but does not feature a way to make them within the program. Lastly, the video option lets you play back just about any type of video file, so long as you have the correct codec installed on your machine already.
As I said previously, if the "My" folders aren't where your media is, you can hit the more button and access your drives as seen below.
The one thing that I thought was a glaring omission with this program is the fact that it has absolutely zero support for DVD playback. This is likely attributable to the fact that Logitech had Cyberlink make this program for them, and since Cyberlink makes their profits from selling their own DVD program, PowerDVD, it wouldn't really make sense to give it away for free. Other than that though, everything worked as it should and the mouse works great with the software. They make a good combination in general.
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