Which is the Best Universal Remote Control?

Posted by Mayank on February 15, 2013 in Android,iPad,iPhone,Review

Remote Controls are an integral part of our lives. Can anyone imagine getting up again to change a TV channel? There wouldn’t be so many channels, so many devices if not for remote controls. There is one problem with remote controls though – clutter.

With hundreds of devices in our homes – universal remote is something you can use effectively to reduce clutter and rule your A/V empire with all-in-one remote. The late influx of smart phones and tablets give you a great combination to combine all these into one.

Hardware remote controls still rule the market because of simplicity. Smartphone remote controls are struggling when it comes to somple gestures like increasing volume without taking your eyes off the screen. Still smartphone apps are in many ways helpful. They work with as many A/V components.

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Our Choice – Best Universal Remote Control

Griffin Beacon

Griffin Beacon is available for both iOS and Android devices. Your iOS device and Android speak Bluetooth. Beacon acts as a bridge between them. Beacon pairs with your iOS device via Bluetooth and works with Dijit’s Universal Remote App to put complete control of your home entertainment center in the palm of your hand.

There are no bulky cases or dongles, no wires or cables. Control your home entertainment system using the Universal Remote App on your Multi-Touch display. Setup is quick and easy. The Dijit app uses a library of constantly updated device codes to simplify setup for your TV, set-top box, sound system, media players and more.

There’s even an integrated learning feature for components not yet included in Dijit’s library. Bluetooth pairing is simple and puts you just a few taps away from using Dijit’s intuitive Program Guide and your touchscreen-based device to change channels, volumes, input, set your DVR, and more.

Verdict:

Rating: ★★★½☆

Griffin Beacon is deceptively simple and sits on your coffee table. No additional hardware is required. Adding A/V components is probably the easiest with Griffin Beacon. Once set up, it operates flawlessly and switching between components was as easy as a vertical swipe of the screen. There is slight but noticeable lag between command input and execution.

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