Take Control of Your RCA Universal TV RemoteOne of the most important new gadgets in any home is the rca universal remote control. This simple device can remove the need for several other remote controls lying around your house, but how do you go about finding the right remote for the job? There are plenty of options on the market, so you need to know what features are important, how these features work and how the remotes are updated to keep them relevant and future proof.
This article has been written with the above questions in mind, so hopefully the answers will give you a better understanding of what to look for in a URC and what if possible to avoid.
There are now on the market several brands of URC, some of the larger names such Logitech and Sony you'll have heard of, but what about the smaller, less well-known brands? Can they stack up against the big boys, do you always need to go for big name brands and does high price necessarily mean high quality?
When new, lesser known brands develop products for the electronics market, they'll very often have to come in at the lower end of the price range, to offer a reason to customers to look past the larger established brands. Its products like these that can be well made, feature rich and inexpensive, that should be drawing you in. This is where you can get quality for less.
When you're looking to get your first universal remote there are a few things you should be aware of:
1. A key factor in URC production is remote codes, these are stored in the device database and depending on the size of this database the remote might hold as many as seven thousand codes for all the different brands and models of electronic appliances. It is clearly important that this database is large and up to date, as this gives you the best chance that all of your existing appliances can be controlled by the new URC.
2. A learning feature on the URC is equally important, even more so if the initial database is small or lacking in codes, as this feature will enable you to store new codes on the device, so that new items of electronic equipment can still be controlled with the remote. If this element is lacking and the database doesn't support your items, the remote will have no use.
3. Any problems with the first two features can be overcome if the remote is enabled with Wi-Fi or if a CD/DVD disk is provided with the setup. If the device is Wi-Fi enabled this allows you to update the built-in database over the internet, so that new codes can be added. If you have disks or online software access, you can update the device in the same way. These features are important to the longevity of the URC.
4. Ergonomics - an important facet of the remote is the styling of the body, buttons and visual display. This is a device you'll be holding and using for a long time, so it's important that it's comfortable to hold/grip, that the buttons are of a reasonable size to aid operation and that ease of programming is considered.
If the buttons are backlit you'll be able to operate the device easily in darkened rooms and the user interface really needs to be a touchscreen. If the device doesn't have a touchscreen UI, you'll struggle to monitor all of the devices successfully and you'll also be unable to accurately maintain a favourites list, which is obviously important when you're controlling so many different items of electronic hardware.
Take the above advice onboard and ensure you purchase a rca universal remote that ticks these boxes. After all, you’re buying this remote to take away the hassle of operating several existing remotes, so this decision is all about making your life easier and more streamlined.