There are a few brands to consider if you want the latest and best in universal remote control. One of these is Logitech, who have produced one of the outstanding models on the market.
The newest Logitech remote control is can control up to 15 items at one time. Its pretty much compatible with everything (over 225,000 home theatre devices) so you can be pretty certain it will work with your products though its still a good idea to check first. It uses Logitech’s ‘Smart State technology’ which is able to remember the power and input settings or your devices meaning that it can automatically adjusting them to what you usually use your devices for. The device can work through walls and cabinets and has been reviewed very well by most users. Needless to say, the device has a cool touchscreen display which looks trendy and modern and means it can be used in the dark. It doesn’t come cheap though, setting you back some £160 from most retailers.
Logitech also offer some cheaper models, costing around £60 to £80. These models are much the same, but they will operate fewer devices at once. Work out how many devices you need to control so that you can decide how much you need to spend on your remote. The cheaper models don’t have the flashy touch screen display so that might be something worth shelling out a little extra for as it not only makes the remote sleeker and smarter but in fact makes it considerably easier to use.
Another company you can think about is the equally reputable LG. Their ‘magic remote’ also has voice recognition and can control your DVD Player, Blu Ray and Set Top Box all at once. At only £40 this is a more basic alternative to the Logitech models but the stumbling block is that it only works with an LG Smart TV so some users don’t have this option.
The best cheaper option is a company called ALL IN ONE. Their Universal Remote Control can be used on up to 6 devices at any one time. Its suitable for use with TVs, DVD and Blu-ray players, TV receivers, amplifiers, MP3 docking stations, and media centre PCs. These remotes are not really comparable to the Logitech models in terms of state of the art technology and the appearance of the device. However, it does essentially do the same job. It wont let you see the buttons in the dark and access your devices from any room, but within range of the remote you can access all of your home entertainment system from one place meaning that you can do away with the pile or remotes next to your sofa and condense them into one. For only £25 this is one of the best options out there for most users.