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What to Look for in a Universal TV Remote

written by: Kristina Dems•edited by: Amy Carson•updated: 3/20/2011

A universal TV remote does not just control TV sets. Some of the more advanced ones can control other types of devices like DVD players and audio players. If you want to control these types of devices in addition to your TV, there are some ideal choices for you.

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    If you are looking for universal remote to control your entertainment devices, you have plenty of options to choose from. That is why it is important to determine the number of devices you want to control and what kind they are so you can focus on more particular remote control units. Some are simply used to navigate channels or basic functions on DVD or CD players, while others are capable of programming sophisticated functions like turning on several devices at once. Here are some recommendations for universal TV remote controls.

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    Elexa LZ6100 La-Z-Boy Universal Remote Control

    Elexa LZ6100 La-Z-Boy Mega Universal Remote Control This universal remote control 8 home theater devices such as televisions, DVD players, VCRs, DVRs and CD players. It runs on 4 AAA batteries and it has an indicator that notifies you of a low battery situation. Its design features extra large keys which are about 80% larger than most remote controls available. This bold design is accompanied by an ergonomic design that makes handling it very comfortable. It is even designed to fit perfectly into the arm of La-Z-Boy seats. You can get it for $9.75.

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    Universal Remote Control URC-WR7 7 Device Remote Control

    Universal Remote Control URC-WR7 7 Device Remote Control This remote control can handle up to 7 devices. It has a feature called MacroPower that lets you turn on several devices at once with just a push of a button. You can program different macros for different combinations of devices that you can turn at once. It has four buttons that you can program to 4 specific channels so you can have easy access to them at all times. It also has a learning mode that allows it to learn commands from other remote controls. This means even if you replace your devices, you can still use the universal remote simply by learning the new device's commands. You can buy it for $19.99.

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    2-Device Universal Remote with Big Buttons

    2-DEVICE Universal Remote If you only have 2 devices you would want to control with a single remote, this simple universal remote control with an ergonomic is your most elegant choice. It has big buttons and a basic set of control buttons that makes navigating through your entertainment system a breeze. It is one of the most uncomplicated remote controls out there and if you want an uncomplicated time in watching TV, this is your best bet. You can get it for $9.78.

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    Philips SRP1003/27 Universal 3 in 1 Remote Control for TV and DVD

    Philips SRP1003-27 Universal 3 In 1 Remote Control for TV and DVD This remote control has been tested to be compatible with over 325 devices. There is a dedicated website that provides all the codes for all supported devices, so if you run into a snag in using the remote in terms of codes, you can simply go to the website for support. It has an ergonomic design that feels comfortable in your hands while providing intuitive controls using large buttons. You can buy it for $7.99.

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    Zenith ZP505 Universal Remote Control

    Zenith ZP505 Universal Remote Control Its elegant design provides a comfortable experience in navigating through TV channels, TV set top boxes and DVD via advanced buttons. Its silver color give it a stylish and elegant look which is enhanced by its slightly large buttons. You can buy it for $6.98.

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    These universal TV remote choices all have easy to use designs. While some have less advanced features than others, the most important thing about a universal remote control is its ease of use, and these 5 items have that element.

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