So what you’re seeing above are the remotes that I have to deal with in my living room. From left to right, the remotes are for: air purifier, sound system, Blu-ray player, TV, and set top cable box. As you can see, things get interesting when I need to change the TV channel, turn up the volume or adjust the picture settings. The good thing is rarely do I need to use all five remotes at the same time or even in a short amount of time. Another bonus is that the TV remote also can control the Blu-ray player through the HDMI-CEC standard.
Of course the best solution to having all these remotes is to buy a single universal remote control. The most popular universal remote appears to be the Harmony series from Logitech. The entry level remote for this series is $130! I guess that’s reasonable compared to the top of the line model, which retails for $600. I bet in some cases the total number of devices controlled by that remote would actually cost less than $600 combined. I’m surprised it doesn’t come with it’s own remote.
Anyways, for now, I don’t think the hassle of having five remotes is worth the $130. How many remotes do you have at home?