With the dock out of the way, we can move on to the 720 remote. I will start at the bottom of the remote and work my way up from there. There is nothing too exciting to be seen at the lower portion of the remote, just your standard number buttons which look more like something you would find on a telephone than a traditional remote control. Above the numbers we have video controls which can be used to control video functions (DVD, VCR, DVR, etc.). Things get a bit more interesting around the midsection of the 720. Here, the theme changes from your standard black rubber buttons to a more stylish silver/chrome themed layout. Volume controls are on the left with channel controls on the right. A "mute" and "previous" button round out the "U" shaped theme. In the middle of the "U" is a D-pad of sorts with an "OK" button in the center.
Directly above the D-pad area are the "Guide", "Info", "Exit" and "Menu" buttons. These will mostly be used with menus in DVDs, or for accessing the programming guide on your cable/satellite box. Two arrows below these buttons can be used to navigate the menus, while the two left and right arrows at the top are used in conjunction with the LCD screen seen above (ok, not really as there is an overlay covering the screen). But, the sticker here gives us an exact look at what the real screen will look like (seen a bit later in the review). Three chrome buttons on each side of the screen allow you to access that particular menu. The "Devices" button at the top will show you a complete list of all the installed devices which you have programmed into the 720. "Help" does just that, helps you if you happen to have a problem during operation. The silver button directly above these two buttons is labeled "Activities" (I apologize for the poor photo). The "Activities" button gives you access to all of the macros that you program into the unit. More on all of this just ahead. And last but not least, a shot of the backside of the 720. Here you can see it with the battery cover removed.