Best Remotes for Apple TV iMore 2021
While all Apple TVs come with the Siri Remote, some people just don't like using it. Lucky for you, there are other options if you feel like you want a better experience. Whether you hate the Siri Remote, lost your old one, or are just scouting out the market, these are the best Apple TV remotes.
- Upgrade pick: Logitech Harmony 950
- The OG: Apple Siri Remote
- Value pick: Logitech Harmony Smart Control
- Built in preset: Inteset 4-in-1 Universal remote
- Budget pick: GE 4-device universal remote (33709)
- For the gamers: SteelSeries Nimbus
If you want a remote control that can do absolutely everything and price isn't a concern, the Logitech Harmony 950 is hands-down the best remote.
This black glass remote is what ships with all new Apple TVs. Use the touch trackpad on top of the remote to navigate through menus and control playback.
The Smart Control lets you control all of your devices, including your Apple TV, from either the remote itself or your iPhone, using the companion app.
Simply by pushing either the A, B, C, or D buttons, you can set up the remote to function for Apple TV, Xbox One, Windows Media Center, and Roku, respectively.
Although GE 33709 is a very basic remote, it can still work with four devices at once. It also uses conventional AAA batteries, which aren't included.
If you're ok with the original Apple remote, then, by all means, stick with it. But for my money, the Logitech Harmony 950 is the best Apple TV remote around. The voice controls are responsive, letting you easily switch back and forth between apps and channels across your Apple TV, cable box, and other entertainment devices (including the smart TV itself).
If you want something great for gaming, try the SteelSeries Nimbus. It's an excellent universal remote with programmable activities that also lets you quickly switch between devices. The touch screen allows you to quickly tap and swipe through your available devices, from your Apple TV to your Blu-ray player.
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