Over time, technology has evolved and changed to a great extent. Our TVs have grown from black & white CRTs into smart TVs. But it has also increased the number of devices we have to attach to get the desired outcome. These days TVs get loaded with apps, streaming subscriptions, etc., which makes the app management and remote controlling an issue. Managing different remotes for different purposes is not easy, and it consumes a lot of time. Fortunately, there are a few companies that aim at offering a better solution to this issue. They have found a universal remote control that integrates with multiple devices (regardless of the companies they belong to) and turn it into a single control tool.
If you are annoyed with the multiple remote switches you have to make every day, then try using either of the following universal remote control:
Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control
Logitech’s Harmony Elite Remote has the most powerful and intuitive controls that support Alexa for voice controls. This multipurpose remote can control up to 15 home entertainment and connected home devices at a time. With a single swipe and tap, you can control channels, movies, volume, 50 favorite channels, and smart home devices. You can use the One-Touch Activity feature to automatically power and switch the devices to the right settings. Install the Harmony app on your iOS or Android smartphones or tablets to convert it into a personal universal remote control. The package includes a Harmony Hub that will let control devices inside closed cabinets or when you’re away from home. This remote control has integration with Sonos, Apple TV, Amazon Alexa, Roku, Sony, Philips Hue, and Lifx.
GE Universal Remote Control
GE Universal Remote offers a multi-device control that will let you operate up to 4 different audio and video components such as TVs, Blu-Ray/DVD players, cable/satellite receivers, Roku boxes, sounds bars, and more. The remote is pre-programmed for Samsung TVs and Roku boxes, but it works with all major brands and supports almost all the latest audio and video equipment. Note that it supports Roku streaming stick or Amazon Fire TV Stick, or other RF streaming devices. The remote includes an easy to follow online setup video providing trouble-free setup, auto-scan technology, and a master volume control so that you can control the volume of any device you want. GE promises to last a long time.
Logitech Harmony 950
This all-in-one remote control will give you access to over 270,000 devices, including TV, satellite or cable box, Roku, Apple TV, Blu-Ray player, and gaming consoles. Its latest design has the best features, like color touchscreen, motion sensing, and vibration feedback. It adds an improved button layout and includes a replaceable, rechargeable battery with 20% greater capacity. It will group your devices into One-Touch Activities, so with a single click, you can control the devices without toggling between them. The remote has a full-color 2.4-inch touchscreen so that you can control everything with a single swipe and tap. Its motion-activated backlit buttons will help you find the right buttons even in the dark.
Logitech Harmony Companion
The Harmony Companion remote integrates with connected lights, locks, blinds, thermostats, sensors, smart home devices, and more. You can control these devices using the Harmony mobile app as well. The package includes a Harmony Hub that will let you control devices kept inside a cabinet, like PS3, Wii, Xbox 360, and Xbox One. You can use the Alexa for voice control for controlling Harmony activities. It can control up to 8 home entertainment devices, including set-top boxes. Its streamlined button layout and full number pad makes it easy to change channels, adjust volume, fast-forward, and rewind.
Inteset 4-in-1 Universal Remote
Inteset 4-in-1 is a rugged, commercial-grade remote that has been pre-programmed with Apple TV, Xbox One, Media Center/Kodi, and Roku devices (excluding Roku Stick). It has full LED backlighting on all the buttons. It features a Volume Lock button that enables the users to lock the volume in all modes and a Channel Lock button that gives access to the channel changing capability. Its macro programming capability allows programming for a string of commands (up to 15) within a mode or mode independent. It has an entire worldwide database of device codes. Inteset ensures that each device’s button mapping is intuitive and matches closely with the original remote. You can apply the included label stickers to customize the remote for your specific devices and buttons. It comes with a warranty for One Year Replacement for Defects.
You can easily find these devices on Amazon and other online retailing sites. Before purchasing any universal remote, check the connectivity offered by the device. Also, note that you can use your smartphone as a universal remote only if it has an IR blaster.