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Mele F10 Deluxe Air Mouse Review

Mele F10 is an air mouse using 2.4GHz RF technology, that can be used as a remote, a QWERTY keyboard. and  a wireless mouse. That’s my favourite input device for Android TV Box, and I use it regularly for my product reviews.The company has now introduced an improved model called Mele F10 Deluxe with trick mode buttons, a gaming mode thanks to a gyroscope, and an IR learning function to use it as a universal remote. Mele sent me a sample for evaluation, so I’ll start with some unboxing pictures, and comparing it to the original Mele F10, before testing the remote.

Mele F10 Deluxe Unboxing

I’ve received the air mouse in the package below that highlights the four main features: Air mouse, Game Controller, Wireless Keyboard, and IR Learning.

Mele F10 Deluxe Package (Click to Enlarge)

Mele F10 Deluxe Package (Click to Enlarge)

WE’ll find the air mouse, a tiny RF dongle, a USB cable for charging and user’s manual describing the button, and explaining how to use it, especially the IR learning function.

Mele F10 Deluxe and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

Mele F10 Deluxe and Accessories (Click to Enlarge)

Let’s compare it with the original F10 model.

Mele F10 vs Mele F10 Deluxe - Remot Side and Dongles (Click to Enlarge)

Mele F10 Deluxe vs Mele F10 – Remote Side and Dongles (Click to Enlarge)

The number of buttons are the same, but they’ve reorganize the key mapping. It’s clearly an improvement as I never used the 8 buttons key on the Mele F10, except Mute, and there are now Mute, prev and next, play/pause button on the first bottom row, and Game, My Box, STB and TV on the bottom row for gaming mode, and IR functions. The only downside is that the mouse button to enable mouse mode is also left click, so you may click when you just want to enable the mouse. The previous mouse button, as been replace with the A.I Power button for IR remote controls. They have miniaturized the RF dongle even further, and although it’s nice in the way, it’s easier to lose, and harder to differentiate with other tiny USB dongles I have.

Mele F10 vs Mele F10 Deluxe - Keyboard Side (Click to Enlarge)

Mele F10 Deluxe (Top) vs Mele F10 (Bottom) – Keyboard Side (Click to Enlarge)

The keyboard side has also changed, as they added a mouse left and right buttons, and the game button, slightly shuffling the keys around. I’m not a big fan of having the Esc and Backspace at the bottom, but I understand choices had to be made, and it’s a plus not to have to turn the remote each time you want to use the mouse mode. There’s still no Tab key to switch between fields, but the down key works most of the time. Other change, not shown on the pictures, has been the replacement of the mini USB port for charging the built-in 500 mAh battery by a micro USB port.

Mele F10 Deluxe Review

The remote is supposed to work in Linux, Android, Windows and MaC OS X, and does not require drivers. I started by plugging it to my Ubuntu 14.04 computer, and it was immediately recognized and usable. But I did most of the testing on an Android TV box, namely Tronsmart Vega S89 Elite. Again, the system had no problem recognizing the RF dongle, and I could use the air mouse straight-away. One complain I had with the original Mele F10 is that the mouse pointer alignment drift over time, and I had to recalibrate it manually, by hitting the sides of the screen. This is clearly an annoyance, but somehow I could get used to. The Mele F10 Deluxe does not have this problem anymore, either because they improve they algorithm, or they get some help from the added 6-axis gyroscope. That’s definitely a plus.

I planned to test the play/pause, prev and next keys with XBMC, but for some reasons it was gone from my box, and I had troubles installing it. So instead I tried the play/pause key in YouTube, and prev/next key to play music, both of which worked just fine. The mouse button, also acting as the left click, is used to enable the mouse, which can be problematic as you may click without meaning to. The mouse will be disabled after one minute of inactivity, and you need to press the mouse button again if you plan to use it. The keyboard works very much like the Mele F10, and I don’t really have complains, except for the missing tabulation key.

One of the new feature is a “Game Controller” mode. There’s only one sentence on the user’s manual about this: “Press Game button to enter into game mode”…. right, it does not help, does it? I guess the remote is suppose to be used like a wheel drive, just like you would do when playing with a tablet thanks to the gyro. So I setup Riptide GP2 and Beach Buggy Games to tilt mode, confidently at least one of them would work, but tilting the remote did nothing at all. First massive failure.

The second major feature is the “IR learning function”. What can go wrong here? Everything is clearly explained in the user’s manual, so I started with recording the main keys of the TV remote control. All keys can be programmed on Mele F10 except Power, Game, My Box, STB and TV buttons. After I thought I had successfully programmed the remote control, I gave it a try, and…. it did not work. Trying again with just the volume+ key, and it failed again. Then I switched to my aircon remote control. no luck. Second massive failure.

You can also watch the video review below, where I compare Mele F10 to Mele F10 Deluxe,  try a few working features, and showing how Game mode and IR learning functions did not work for me.

In conclusion, despite Game mode and IR learning function disasters, Mele F10 Deluxe is a better air mouse than Mele F10 thanks to an improved control of the mouse pointer, and more useful keys (play/pause, prev/next) on the remote side. [Update: I’ve used it more, and when clicking with the OK button, the mouse pointer may jump, and this does not seem to happen with the L mouse button. This can get really annoying, and holding the remote to click the L button instead feels a little awkward]. Mele F10 Deluxe can be purchased for $34.99 on Mele’s Aliexpress store, but I understand you can get $5 discount by mentioning you’ve been referred by CNX Software in the comment field, bringing the price down to $29.99 (Chat with them first to confirm). There are also other sellers on Aliexpress that sell it for the same price, and it can be found on DealExtreme for $31.92. For reference, the original Mele F10 now sells for $27.30 on DX, and as low as $22.49 on Aliexpress.

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  1. Rocker
    August 3rd, 2014 at 20:45 | #1

    Please let us know result of tests with XBMC on Android and Linux.

    Previous F10 remotes have had issues with XBMC out-of-the-box.

    I wish that Mele made sure that XBMC just works out-of-the-box

  2. Roberto Rodrigues
    August 3rd, 2014 at 21:00 | #2

    That is true I had bought the normal version because the brand meele had a video where they show a game on android being controlled as a gyro but it didn’t work either. Those f10 remotes only fully work on the meele boxes no where else you can get the full working specs .

  3. Tired_
    August 4th, 2014 at 04:52 | #3

    How does it compare to the F10 Pro? Specifically the air mousiness.

  4. notzed
    August 4th, 2014 at 08:17 | #4

    I really like the original apart from the fit-and-finish. The shell-in-a-shell idea is ugly and unnecessarily sharp.

    The lack of tab key is a bit of an oversight if you want to use the keyboard for android input – particularly since they thought to add the ever-pointless caps-lock.

    FWIW i tried accessing the game buttons from android but they get captured by the system before the app gets them which makes them pretty much useless. (iirc, it was some time ago, on a mele box).

  5. August 4th, 2014 at 09:28 | #5

    @Tired_
    I don’t own the F10 Pro. I can’t comment.

    @Rocker
    I’ll try in XBMC Android sometimes later.

  6. August 4th, 2014 at 11:57 | #6

    @Rocker
    XBMC Android: arrows + ok, play/pause button are fine.
    vol +/- and mute buttons are controlling the system audio.
    As soon as your press the arrow key, the mouse if automatically disabled. (system wide).

    Other notes about overall usages:
    Something new.. In order to use the alternative Fn keys you need to keep pressing Fn, not just pressing it once to activate, and once more to deactivate it.

    When Clicking with the OK button, the mouse pointer may jump, and this does not seem to happen with the L mouse button.

  7. nipszx
    August 4th, 2014 at 14:43 | #7

    No illumination??

  8. August 4th, 2014 at 14:47 | #8

    @nipszx
    Nope. If you are using the air mouse mode, or just the remote side, you can do so in the dark, since you don’t really have to look at the remote to use it. Only the keyboard side could be a problem in the dark. I haven’t tried to use it in a dark room with only the TV on.

  9. August 4th, 2014 at 14:51 | #9
  10. Tired_
    August 5th, 2014 at 05:38 | #10

    @cnxsoft

    Oh, I’m sorry. I thought you reviewed one here: http://www.cnx-software.com/2013/06/13/mele-f10-pro-fly-mouse-comes-with-microphone-and-speaker/ I guess you have a short memory.

  11. Harley
    August 5th, 2014 at 23:32 | #11

    @Tired_
    That was the “Pro” version and not the new “Deluxe” model

  12. Oliver
    August 7th, 2014 at 04:38 | #12

    I just received mine. IR learning works for me. I’ve not got any games to test the game mode. I never got the $5 discount for mentioning that I heard about it through your site, though.

  13. August 7th, 2014 at 10:25 | #13

    @Oliver
    If you haven’t confirmed reception in Aliexpress yet, you can complain to them first.
    I’ve also contacted the person who told me about the $5 discount.

  14. Gennie Peng
    August 7th, 2014 at 13:39 | #14

    @oliver

    @Oliver Please confirm you bought te F10 DELUXE from MELE official store. Please contact with our service team, Or we can give you discount from next order.

  15. Adrian
    September 15th, 2014 at 19:15 | #15

    IR Learning part of this remote has died on a 3 week old Mele F10 Deluxe.

    Have sent email’s to both Mele’s official Store @ Ali Express and to Mele and have gotten no response.

    BUYER BEWARE.

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