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Universal Remote Control – Great Features to Look For In Your Next Remote


High-end universal remotes give you a higher number of features to operate that rack chock full of audiovisual devices. They empower you by providing a greater level of granular control. More so than the included remotes typically given when you purchase controlled electronics. What are the included features? Well, they’re the kind of functions that will bring viewing and listening to new levels of ease and convenience.

Onboard Color LCD Screens: Feedback at its Best!

User interaction is the main theme of the best universal remotes. Knowing this, popular models have color touchscreen displays, which is a slick feature to have given the growing domination of onscreen controls being installed on mobile phones nowadays. Having a screen capable of understanding tactile feedback is an incredible convenience because they are so easy to use.

You don’t have to press a F1 or F2 button, and you don’t have to memorize different key combinations to perform a given task. Additionally, with onboard touchscreens, no extra external physical keypads are needed, or at the very least, only a minimum number of physical external buttons will have to be included, thus keeping the size of the unit small and handy.

The durability of touchscreens are profound. With traditional buttons, there is a chance for mechanical failure to occur, but having a tactile screen eliminates any concerns for mechanical components to wear out.

Number of Controlled Devices: Does Anyone Even Have Nearly 20 Peripherals?

The best universal remotes are able to control far more home theater equipment than most people even have. But it is this ability to control a large number of devices which sets them apart from other universal remotes, which usually can handle only a handful in number.

So you’ve pretty much got another PC in your hand, one that has to process a myriad of calculations that must be sent and received to specific appliances. Different frequencies have to be learned, in order to prevent the possibility of confusing the signals between devices. Can you imagine trying to make the volume louder on your TV, but instead the universal remote tells your media player to start streaming music from the 50’s?

Radio Frequency Technology: Send Commands From Anywhere in Your Home

The disadvantage of infrared (IR) remote controls came in the form of not being able to just press a button on the device and have it automatically sent to the component to be controlled. To do this properly, you had to physically aim the remote at whatever it is you were trying to send commands to. Infrared worked on the fundamental principle of line-of-sight. But the best universal remotes, or at least some of the best, include a feature where radio frequency technology is used to give instructions through walls and ceilings. The remote would communicate with a base station connected to your peripherals, and make things even easier for you.

Long gone are the days of having to get up and walk over to the television set to change the channel or raise the volume (remember dials and knobs?). With the most powerful of universal remotes for your home theater needs, you’ve got absolute control with the greatest of ease.

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