Similar, but better remote?

Old 08-07-15, 07:45 PM
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Similar, but better remote?

Remote I'm using now: GE 24116

If you want to see it, here's the Amazon URL:

I watch TV in bed at night with all the lights off. The remote I selected seemed like a good
choice. Larger buttons and a backlit display. The buttons required too much pressure when
new. Now, you almost need a hammer before the keypad switches make contact.

Obviously, I need a replacement.

This GE remote has the "master volume" feature. External speakers are plugged into my
converter box. The TV speakers are disabled. The "master volume" allows the user to
control the volume of the external speakers through the converter.

One feature not available with 24116 is an "all power" on and off button. It would be simplier
if I could power the TV and converter on or off with a single button.

I've seen plenty of aftermarket remotes with a zillion buttons or graphical displays. That's
the last thing I need when I'm half asleep in bed!

Something similar to 24116 with an "all power" button would be perfect.

Any suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks guys.
Old 08-08-15, 04:57 AM
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I use a Logitech Harmony 700 programmable remote. It probably has more features than you need or want but they make simpler models that might suit your needs. One nice feature (at least on mine) is the master power off button is in the upper left by itself so it's easy to find by feel.
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I agree with Dane. I also use the Logitech 700. Works everything. You will need to pull up the program on your computer, program what you want it to do, then download the parameters via cable to the remote, but it is pretty simple.
Old 08-08-15, 05:27 PM
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I've got a couple of fancy remotes like the Harmony 700 in other rooms. I have
no problem using an advanced remote when I'm sitting in a chair wide awake.

The question is, how would you feel if your laptop crashed to the floor a couple
of times each week?

I usually manage to turn the TV off when I'm in bed, but the remote frequently
gets "lost." I find it under a blanket, pillow, or on the floor. I don't think I
could fall asleep, knowing that an expensive remote might slide onto the floor.

It seems that remotes with master power buttons are in the higher price range.

If I remember correctly, I paid $7.99 for the GE 24116 at eBay. If you fall asleep
with the remote still in your hand like I do, it's best to buy lower priced remotes
for the bedroom.

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