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Buy this: Elago R1 Intelli Case for Apple TV remote

If I'm going to complain about how bad the Siri Remote for Apple TV continues to be, I guess I need to put my money where my mouth is. And so I picked up the Intelli Case from Elago (opens in new tab). It's a silicone case that your Apple TV remote fits inside of, turning it from a shapeless slab of disappointment into a comfortable (more comfortable, anyway), cushioned REMOTE CONTROL OF POWER.

But more importantly, it turns the remote into something I might actually use, instead of something I immediate shove in a drawer in favor of something far more usable.

There's really not that much more to it here. OK, there's a lanyard. And there's a magnet inside the silicone case that lets you stick the remote to things like the back of a metal TV or your refrigerator or the roof of your car. (I don't actually intend on ever doing any of those things, but now I can. And it's always good to have options.)

Point here is that if Apple refuses to make a good remote control that I actually want to hold, I'm going to take things into my own hands. And at about $10 — and in multiple colors — it's well worth it.

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Phil is the father of two beautiful girls and is the Dad behind Modern Dad. Before that he spent seven years at the helm of Android Central. Before that he spent a decade in a newsroom of a two-time Pulitzer Prize-finalist newspaper. Before that — well, we don't talk much about those days.

6 Comments
  • I never understand why things are so expensive here in Canada. Says $8.99 on amazon.com, but maybe that's a prime price. Even at $10 as said in this post, its still $26.23 Canadian on amazon.ca or $33 if you want a different colour. For just a piece of silicone? I really don't like being ripped off by these companies.
  • What a good idea - why haven't I seen one of these before. Solves the which way up problem. Awesome!
  • How does this in any way make the remote better? You're sticking a piece of silicone over it. Phil, its fine if you want to shill a product, but at least have a little dignity about it.
  • Much prefer metal, wood, ceramic, or glass items. Don't like plastic and silicon. Covering the latest Elevation Dock in silicon was a terrible idea.
  • I've been using one since the beginning of the year, works well. The Siri Remote on its own is a bit too slim, and at times slippery. Kids with little dirty fingers aren't great either. I already bought a Siri Remote Loop which sort of helped a little, but it's a tad fiddly and you'd need to remove it when recharging. I bought the optional metal bar, haven't needed it yet. Kept surprising myself where I could attach this magnetically, including the side of our wall! In all, I'm not usually a fan of silicone being a dust magnet, but this one has held up well. The added protection; welcome "bulk"; lanyard, and ability to tell which half of the Siri Remote is "up" instantly is certainly money well spent. PS: Only thing I may have wanted was a glow-in-the-dark option, even a small dot on either side, short of Apple revving to include "Where's My Remote".
  • To each his own. The remote is fine as is for me. But I do like the color red. Not shelling out $10 for it though.