If you are attracted to this deal for XMBC compatibility, I would suggest going with the Logitech Harmony series, even the cheapest one (<$20, the one I use) works wonders. The advantage is that you can control your original TV and XMBC (and whatever other device you have) using a single easy to configure remote. In other words, you can turn on XBMC, turn on your TV, change input to XMBC, adjust volume, and power off either devices all on one remote!
You CANNOT control your original TV with this remote control.
In order to have my setup, you would need to purchase
1) Logitech Harmony
2) ANY usb remote reciever (the one from HP is unofficially endorsed by the XMBC community). Even the receiver that comes from this particular deal SHOULD work.
3 XMBC running on Windows 7.
I know the refurbs go for $30 but they do not come with an IR receiver for your computer. Can you link an IR receiver thats cheaper than $14 that would work with a Harmony remote?
Great rebate Companies:
Patriot Memory (4myrebate.com): 6 Weeks
Tiger Direct (4myrebate): 3 weeks
Rain-X (in house): 3 weeks
BAD BAD MAIL IN REBATE COMPANIES:
Biostar USA (motherboards) - 21 weeks
Xigmatek 26 weeks, 14 emails, 2 phone calls (finally received)
NZXT 21 weeks, 4 phone calls.