The remote control makes a solid impression. Thanks to radio transmission, it's not necessary to be in direct visual contact with the USB receiver (detail above left), and reception remains unhindered, even by thick walls. The large round button with the adjacent mouse button lets you emulate mouse controls on your computer via remote control.
The FireWire port at the slot bracket is next to the massive interface for the external connection hub.
Instead of a standard analog tuner, the R8500 DV comes equipped with a chip tuner, which heats up to considerable temperatures during operation (more than 58 degrees Celsius on the back of the card).