Remote controls are some of the most convenient pieces of technology in your home – as well as some of the most frustrating.
The cliché of losing your remote down the back of the sofa may be over-used, but we’ve all had the frustration of not being able to find the TV remote while the opening chords of the X-Factor theme music burn your ear drums in the background.
Another issue, especially for the gadget fan, is the proliferation of remotes if you happen to have a lot of kit in one room. The answer, at least to this problem, is a universal remote. There are many on the market but the latest from One For All, called the Smart Control Motion, offers a unique selling point – the ability to control your devices with the flick of a wrist.
The One For All Smart Control Motion is a rather attractive-looking remote control with 41 buttons of various shapes, sizes and colours spaced nicely on the front - and all of which are backlit. However the remote is ever-so-slightly too large for our liking, and felt a bit unbalanced in our hand while we moved from the bottom to the top when trying to access different buttons. Then again, maybe we just have small hands
The layout is centred around a large circular panel with the ubiquitous OK button situated in the centre. Volume and channel up/down buttons, along with mute and back, reside on either side of the circular panel. Below lie PVR buttons like Guide, Menu and Info along with the red, green, yellow and blue contextual buttons used on most PVRs. It even has a www button to launch connected TVs' online services. The numeric keypad resides at the bottom of the remote.
On the top half of the remote are the video playback controls including a record button, above which sit three macro buttons and two selection buttons for choosing which device you are controlling. Right at the top sit the power, aspect ratio button and the all-important “magic” button, which is used to program the remote.
Reminiscent of the metal band around the iPhone 4S's sides, the Smart Control Motion has a band encompassing its edges. The rear is finished in soft matte plastic with the whole bottom half being removed to reveal space for 4 x AAA batteries.
The overall size, as we said, was a little too big for our hands, with some buttons a little hard to reach unless you hold the remote in the middle, which wasn’t comfortable. However, overall it is a very nice-looking remote and one which won’t look out of place on your coffee table.