Despite all the fancy voice features built into the Xbox One, there are many who'd prefer sticking with a good old fashioned remote to control their TV and movie watching, especially when voice control is still so hit and miss. And the Xbox One Media Remote will satisfy their needs just fine -- as long as they don't need a true universal remote.
The Media Remote is small and lightweight, so it won't take up too much space on the coffee table. Kotaku says the remote has a "rubberized material that feels awfully nice" in the hand, and PC Mag called it "the most elegant membrane remote" they've ever used. The one downside to its design is the convex back, which WP Central says causes "a little wobble" when resting on a flat surface, though that's a small compromise to make if it means no more arguing with your TV.
Perhaps the biggest downside of the remote is that as it's not a true universal remote, it can't power on your TV the same way voice commands can. Still, at less than $30 it provides a solid alternative for people who use their Xbox One to consume media but would rather not spend their evenings yelling at the Kinect just to change the channel.
How It Stacks Up
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