The lifeblood of a good media player is the remote control that comes with it. The remote control serves as an extension of one’s own arm allowing you to interact with your media player to access your TV shows and movies. The problem with this however is that most of the remote controls that come with media players today are either of poor quality or they simply do not have enough buttons and functions available for what you want to use it for. Take the Roku remote control for example, it’s a fantastic remote control but I just wish it had a few extra buttons available. This is the problem that the Sideclick Remote intends to fix by providing a simple solution to adding more buttons to the remote control you already love to use thanks to its universal learning functions. Let’s jump straight in to the Sideclick Remote review and see how it all works.
Sideclick Remote – What’s in the Box?
The Sideclick Remote comes in a nice matte packaging with some great graphics on the box. There is a view window so you can see the Sideclick remote inside and its clever the way it looks like it is attached to the graphic of the remote on the front of the box. I received a Roku version of the Sideclick Remote for review. On the rear of the box you find additional information about the Sideclick Remote as well as the Kickstarter branding which is how the product was funded.
The contents of the box were securely packaged and there was no damage to the box or its contents during shipping. Opening the box I found the following included:
Sideclick Universal Learning Remote
Roku Adapter Clips
2x AAA Batteries
The Sideclick Remote Looks and Feels Great and is Simple to Use!
The Sideclick Remote looks and feels like a premium product. It made made of high quality plastic with a series of control buttons and no part of the product felt flimsy. Setup was an snap (excuse the pun) and was simply a matter of clicking the Roku remote control in to the the provided Roku adapter clips. Once the remote control is in place simply click the Sideclick remote into the side of the clip. Once the Sideclick remote is in place it sits securely on the side of the remote and does not slide around or wiggle about.
The Sideclick Remote allows you to pair it with any other IR remote control that you have, such as the TV remote control, and then learn button commands from that remote control. To do so you simply:
Place the Sideclick Remote and the other remote control on a flat surface and face them towards each other
Hold down the power button and the B button on the Sideclick Remote until the LED light goes sold
Press the Sideclick button that you want to program
Press the button on the other remote control that you want to learn
Continue until you have programmed all of the buttons
Press the power button and B button at the same time on the Sideclick remote to exit programming mode
The whole process was very straight forward and I experience no problems at all.
The great thing about the Sideclick Remote is that you can learn button commands from multiple devices, for example, the power button for your TV and the source and volume buttons for your amp. This is a brilliant option to have.
Where to Buy
If you are interested in purchasing the Sideclick Remote you can jump on over to the Sideclick Remote website and take a look.
One problem I face is having to use many different remote controls day to day in order to power my TV, control my media and change between sources which leads to lost remote controls down the back of the couch and countless batteries being used. The Sideclick Remote is a great step forward in helping to eliminate this problem by allowing me to use the Roku remote to take care of all all the main functions.The Sideclick Remote is a fantastic product at a very fair price of $29.99 for the starter kits and I can highly recommend that you consider the Sideclick Remote if you would like to reduce the number of remotes you have lying around your home.