The obvious solution here is to use a universal remote control.As the name suggests, this is a remote control which attempts to work universally across all devices.The net result is that to maintain one-handed control you either have to shift your grip up to the second step, or use two hands. The underside of the control deserves special mention, being made of a special plastic that feels soft to the touch and almost like velvet.
Most of us have a good selection of electronic gadgets gracing our home.
TVs, DVD players, TIVOs, home theatre systems, the list goes on.
The Harmony tackles the control problem from a different perspective by organizing your controls into activities.
Rather than control your equipment device-by-device (which it can do), you instead choose an activity such as ‘Watch a DVD’ and the buttons on the control will operate all equipment necessary to perform that activity.
More importantly, the dimensions are very compact, especially when compared to most other universal remotes on the market.
The thickness of the control is staggered, with the front being littler thicker than a pen, and increasing in thickness towards the end both for a comfortable grip and to accommodate the batteries. There are two ‘steps’ under the control and they appear to be used primarily for grips.
Most universal controls tackle the situation by allowing you to switch the control from one device to another: press one button and it will control your DVD, press another and it controls your TV.
While this helps on the logistics (you’ve only got one remote to find), it doesn’t help on the complexity (you’ve got more buttons to press).
The first grip is just above the battery compartment and allows the base of the control to sit in your palm, with your finger around the step.
This is comfortable enough, but the bottom edge of the plastic rubs against your hand a little.
Like most universal controls, the Harmony has both a database of pre-defined ‘codes’ to control popular equipment, and a self-learning mode to capture signals directly from an existing control.