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For $134 you get a device that does the same job and offers the same level of convenience as the modern touchscreen remotes that go for several hundreds of dollars. It doesn't concede in terms of connectivity, with over 270,000 compatible device types in total, including Roku, AppleTV, Philips Hue, and others. You can program shortcuts to perform several activities at once, for example, turn on the TV and pick the right channel or select Netflix, etc. And just like with more expensive remotes, you don't have to point at the device directly to turn it on/off, you can even do it from another room. See More
It can reach your TV or audio center even if they're not in sight - behind a wall or a door, for example. This is because it relies on radio frequency instead of IR to transmit signal, so physical objects do not become obstacles. See More
Although the basic functionality is similar for all universal remotes, if you'd like more features it could be worth paying extra for a more expensive one, such as the Logitech Elite. You can connect it to up to 15 devices at the same time, which is almost twice as many as the Logitech Companion, another very popular (but cheaper) model. The Elite is compatible with Amazon Alexa, so you can alternatively control all your devices with voice commands. The design is more sophisticated as well: the remote has backlit physical keys as well as a touchscreen. See More
The remote doesn’t have to be directly pointed at a device to send commands. You can just press “Watch TV” while preparing a meal in the kitchen and it will turn on your amp, satellite box, switch to your favorite TV channel and adjust the volume. See More
If you own an Amazon smart speaker or Google Home you can connect them to your universal remote and control nearly everything in your home - TVs, music, lights, the AC, etc. - just with your voice. To connect a speaker, follow the guide here. See More