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7 Awesome Universal Remote Controls

You know what all women say – men dominate the remote control. Well, why not? Once you live with a woman, your house becomes “girlafied” and you can’t even leave your junk all over the place.

If you’re lucky, your junk is confined to one spot – the “junk drawer”. So, you need to have control somewhere and it ends up being with the remote control.

Here are seven remotes that every guy should know about.

1. Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote


Get ready for this awesome remote where you need no line of sight to control it. You can walk into the kitchen carrying the remote and use it to change channels, pause your movie, and more without having a line of site to do so.

With a 100-foot range, you should be set just about anywhere you go in your house. Not only can you hook up to 15 devices to the Harmony 890, but you can add you favorite functions from your old remote just by pointing your old remote to the Harmony 890.

This remote has 175,000 devices in its database, so you should have no compatibility issues. The remote is fully backlit so you can enjoy your favorite movies or shows in darkness, but that’s no the best part. You don’t need batteries for the Harmony 890.

That’s right. It comes equipped with a charging station.


2. Logitech Harmony One

You’ll undoubtedly love the Harmony One. It can replace up to 15 remotes so you can get rid of all of the individual remotes that you have lying around and it has a database that supports over 225,000 different devices and over 5,000 different brands.

A great feature of the Harmony One is that it’s rechargeable so you don’t have to worry about changing the batteries ever again. One of the greatest features is its full color one-touch touch screen for easy access to your devices.

It’s very easy to use and you don’t need a college degree to operate it.

3. Monster Cable Home Theater and Lighting Controller 300

This remote can control lighting and all of your electronic devices at the same time. The Monster Controller 300 doesn’t need a line of sight to operate and it has a 130-foot range. It can not only operate your main systems, but it can operate any system throughout the house.

I’m sure you can imagine the practicality of this feature, but there could be a lot of fun involved in that as well. If you have kids that have a TV in their room, you could program your Monster Controller 300 to control their TV and change channels on them from another room. If you’re really subtle about it, you may be able to get away with it for quite a while.

This remote is also very easy to set up and operate.


4. Logitech Harmony 550

The Harmony 550 has an LCD display with a one-touch control feature and can control up to 12 devices. The cool thing is that you can customize the buttons so that your most frequent functions are easier to access.

You can also add your favorite functions from your other remotes by pointing your old remote at the Harmony 550.

This remote also has an easy setup function. Just plug it into a USB port in you PC an it will walk you through the rest.


5. Philips Prestigo SRU8010

The first thing that you’ll notice about this remote is its reasonable price. I think if you want a great remote and don’t want to spend a lot of money, you should check into the Prestigo SRU8010.

It has a learning capability so it can learn functions from your old remotes and you can program up to 10 different devices into this remote.

I think one of the best features that the Prestigo SRU8010 has is the LCD display screen which makes the remote easy to use.

6. Monster Home Theater Controller 100

This impressive remote can control up to 15 different electronic devices. It has easy set up through your computer too. All you have to do is plug it into the USB port in you computer and it will walk you through the entire process.

No more searching for remote codes. Just find your brand name and model number on the list on your computer and the setup is automatically done for you. You don’t have to worry about batteries for your remote either.

The Monster Controller 100 comes with a charger. It’s easy to operate with the 2.3 inch color display screen.

7. Home Theater Master MX-500 Remote Control

This is another remote that is priced right.

Again, if you don’t want to spend a ton of money, this would be a great remote to look into. It has an easy to read LCD display screen with custom labels and a 5-way joystick control. The buttons are spaced far apart so that it’s easier to press the intended buttons.

The MX-500 remote can control up to ten devices.

There should be something on this list for every man. Whether you have to have the top of the line remote or whether you want a remote with great function but not a large price, this list has got you covered.

There are a wide variety of functions of these remotes and you should be able to determine what you need from this list.

Regardless of which one is right for you, I’m sure you can appreciate the other six as well.


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