One Control To Rule Them All
Remote controls, everyone loves them, unless they've got missing down the side of the sofa. This remote control won't stop that happening, but it will stop it happening so much. You can safely put those other remotes in a safe place that you'll forget.
The beauty of universal remotes is that you no longer have to go hunting for the multitude of remotes that get distributed around living rooms these days. The downside is that lose it or worse break it and you lose them all, and it's times to find that safe place you've forgotten.
The Logitech remote is programmed from a website, you connect your remote to your PC (not included) and a small app downloads, you then go to the Logitech website and create an account. When you have done this you can start configuring your remote. I found all three devices already stored in the database. This gives you a good start but I still configured the buttons to my liking as there were some in places I didn't want and some function were not configured at all.
One of the best features of the remote is the main power button. It turns on my TV and PVR at the same time. I did not do anything to configure this, it just did it for me. I'm sure if you have a surround sound system you could configure that to come on also. It does require both devices to be on or off. There is of course a power button just for the device you have selected.
The remote is quite ergonomic and is a nice size. It fits in my hand very well and I find that the buttons are all easy to reach. It's taken a little time to get used to but now I can use pretty much press the button I want without looking at it.
The remote takes two AAA batteries, I have had them in now for about six months now and they are still holding up, the only thing that seems to have changed is the range is slightly reduced, so that's not bad I feel.
Logitech do more expensive remotes with more features that control more devices and even have their own displays. If you need more than four devices on one remote by all means pay the extra but for the majority I'm sure four is enough and there is no screen on this one to drain the battery faster.
Summing up, I'm very pleased with my Logitech universal remote control, it's stood up well to the knocks, is responsive and feels nice. There's not much more you can ask for really.
This version has a gloss finish, if you want to save a little cash you can get the non-glossy version for a few pounds less, it's exactly the same otherwise. I picked mine up from eBay for less than I could find at other online shops.