Review Price £48.32
Feeling the need to buy a universal remote control like the One for All Xsight Plus suggests one of two things - either you have too much money, or too many gadgets. We're all too familiar with the latter condition, long having had to deal with a lounge inhabited by a handful of different remotes - the one you need invariably being the one that's mysteriously gone missing. The Xsight Plus will lighten the load on your living room, as it's capable of replacing a full 12 remotes.
The two-tone design of the Xsight Plus isn't just a simple aesthetic choice. It also helps to explain how the remote control works. The black bottom half of the controller is home to its standard mappable keys, mimicking the functions of a normal remote control, while the brushed silver top half houses the features more specific to this controller - the colour screen, the menu buttons plus the activities and favourites buttons.
The bottom half of the remote is easily accessible with a thumb when held one-handed, but you'll need to get your second hand out or shift your grip to get your digits comfortably into the silver "advanced" section. Still, this remote is easier to use one-handed than Logitech's current range of slightly bulbous Harmony remotes, if much less ergonomically satisfying.
This is no featherweight - it uses four AAA batteries, giving it some significant heft, while the bottom end of the remote is chunky enough to fill a palm. The underside has a rubberised finish to increase friction and feels sturdy rather than luxurious in-hand.
Most of the buttons you'd associate with a remote control are here, including the navigational D-pad, playback controls, numbers, volume and channel rockers. The basics are covered, but why no library button for those with DVRs or PVRs? Buyers of universal remotes are far more likely than most to own these products than the average.
It's no deal-breaker because any features that can't be directly mapped onto the Xsight Plus's bottom black section are ordered into a list within the remote's brain. You can flick through these additional functions on the colour screen, as well as use them within any macro activities you might need.
The One For All Xsight Plus doesn't make a great entrance. It comes packed in near-indestructible plastic packaging that has to be all-but destroyed to win its contents. After a good ten minutes wrestling with this packaging and a pair of scissors, we freed the remote, only to find it doesn't come with any batteries. And remember - you need a whole four of them. After cobbling together a set of batteries, setting them to charge and fuming for a bit, we returned to the Xsight Plus - and thankfully things instantly got a lot better.
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