What remote device do you use?
#1
This was originally going to be "What keyboard do you use?" but why not expand it out a bit. Like others I looked into reviews about keyboards and remotes, but didn't really find anything too Kodi specific, so why not go to the horses mouth. Below is a guide to posting as to keep it informative for others and is by no means exhaustive as to what to post about.

Name: Derp
Remote Device: Keyboard / Remote
Media Device: NUC / RPi / FireStick
OS: Windows / Mac / Linux / OpenELEC
Connection type: USB / Bluetooth / Wireless / Combo

Pros: Battery life / method of connectivity / responsiveness / ease of setup / price
Cons: As above

Other: Device internet link / post suggestions/feedback
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#2
Name: Logitech K400R White
Remote Device: Keyboard
Media Device: NUC5i5
OS: OpenELEC
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Good battery life, firm key press with minimal travel, can be stored upright (on top edge), responsive track pad and decent price point.
Cons: PnP support with Linux but no software support as there are some functions that could be greatly utilised, wireless connectivity is reasonable provided that you have direct line of sight of the receiver and not outside of about 5-6m.

Other: http://www.logitech.com/en-au/product/wi...oard-k400r
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#3
The follow excludes my workstation where three versions of Kodi are installed, but are only used for Team-Kodi purposes.

Name: Logitech K400 Black
Remote Device: Keyboard/Touchpad
Media Device: N54L
OS: Windows 10 Pro x64
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Excellent battery life, around six months +
Cons: Odd design choice for shortcut keys.

Name: Logitech K400 Black
Remote Device: Keyboard/Touchpad
Media Device: N54L
OS: Windows 10 Pro x64
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Excellent battery life, around six months +
Cons: Odd design choice for shortcut keys.

Name: Logitech K400 Black
Remote Device: Keyboard/Touchpad
Media Device: Lenovo Q180 (<- Don't ever buy Lenovo)
OS: Windows 10 Pro x64
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Excellent battery life, around six months +
Cons: Odd design choice for shortcut keys.

Name: Logitech K400 Plus Black
Remote Device: Keyboard/Touchpad
Media Device: Minix
OS: Android
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Excellent battery life, only purchased a month a go.
Cons: Hideous yellow colouring

Name: Nvidia Shield Remote
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Nvidia SHIELD
OS: Android
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Small, quality build
Cons: Far too few buttons
Please read the online manual (wiki) & FAQ (wiki) before posting.

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#4
Name: Virgin Media Tivo Remote
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Chromebox
OS: OpenELEC
Connection type: Infrared
Pros: Cheap, Controls TV and Openelec, Perfect for Kodi PVR
Cons: None it was designed for STBs
Other: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=virgin...IViH0TM%3A
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#5
Ooh this post is right in my alley, have tried 40+ remotes on Kodi and settled for one that has no cons and is fairly cheap.
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Name: MCE remote (Philips SRM5100 style) on Stream Flirc module
Remote Device: remote
Media Device: Stream FC5
OS: Windows 10
Connection type: Infrared

Pros: Battery life, Best button layout of all remotes hands down, fits really well in the hand, cheap, availability, nice firm rubbery buttons with a good soft click, mce style remotes are the to go remotes for Kodi anyways
Cons: none, well not for me but it's IR and some people might not like it, also it's white but available in black as well (Lenovo and other OEMs)

Other: http://www.p4c.philips.com/cgi-bin/dcbin...SRM5100/10


Name: Stream Flirc Infrared module
Remote Device: Infrared receiver
Media Device: Stream FC5
OS: Any with USB
Connection type: Infrared

Pros: Full programmability, Responsiveness, Power on from any remote, Ease of setup
Cons: None

Other: https://flirc.tv/flirc-streacom-edition


Highly recommend Flirc + MCE remote, got the setup for 36 euro total and nothing beats it so far.
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#6
(2016-02-07, 18:09)stuCONNERS Wrote: Name: Virgin Media Tivo Remote
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Chromebox
OS: OpenELEC
Connection type: Infrared
Pros: Cheap, Controls TV and Openelec, Perfect for Kodi PVR
Cons: None it was designed for STBs
Other: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=virgin...IViH0TM%3A

That's rather awesome. I had no idea the Tivo remote could be used for that purpose.
Please read the online manual (wiki) & FAQ (wiki) before posting.

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#7
Name: Logitech Harmony smart control
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: NUC haswell
OS: OpenELEC/Linux
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Beautiful, easy to hold, every button you could want, battery lasts years
Cons: Little slow at responding compared to shield remote. Not really noticeable though like my old harmony one.
Other: http://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/uplo...72_dpi.jpg

Name: Nvidia Shield Remote
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Nvidia SHIELD
OS: Android
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Small, quality build
Cons: Far too few buttons
Other: http://cdn.slashgear.com/wp-content/uplo...remote.jpg
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#8
(2016-02-07, 18:09)stuCONNERS Wrote: Name: Virgin Media Tivo Remote
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Chromebox
OS: OpenELEC
Connection type: Infrared
Pros: Cheap, Controls TV and Openelec, Perfect for Kodi PVR
Cons: None it was designed for STBs
Other: https://www.google.co.uk/search?q=virgin...IViH0TM%3A

Can anyone confirm if this works with Android on a generic Android box? I cannot find a non air mouse, with keyboard that has a Stop button. This appears to have everything one would need if it works with Android
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#9
Name: Blackweb
Remote Device: Keyboard / touchpad mouse
Media Device: RPi2
OS: OSMC
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Good battery life, has on/off on back. Push button on back to pair with usb dongle. $24.88 from Wal-Mart.
Cons: Takes a little getting used to the touchpad.
Other: http://www.walmart.com/ip/Blackweb-Wirel...d/44459957 I'd say the bad reviews are from idiots. I've had two of these on different OSMC machines for 3 or 4 months with no problems.


Name: Logitech Harmony 200
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: RPi2
OS: OSMC
Connection type: IR
Pros: Good battery life. Install software on Windows machine, setup the devices and it just works. Got it on sale on Woot, can't remember the price, but it was way less than normal. I use an original XBox dongle, with a cable bought off ebay that has a regular USB end on the other side.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Other: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-915-00014...005O81U9S/


Name: Logitech Harmony One
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: RPi2
OS: OSMC
Connection type: IR
Pros: Battery life so far is good. Bought it at a thrift shop(yeah for paying $10.00 and another $15.00 for a new battery) and it had the classic battery overheat bulge. Two letter openers stuck under the battery to lift it up high enough to get needlenose pliers under it got the old battery out and a new battery from Amazon fixed that. I've left it off the charging base for days on end, sometimes over a week and no problems.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Other: http://www.amazon.com/Logitech-Harmony-U...B00119T6NQ


Name: OSMC Media Remote
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: RPi2
OS: OSMC
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Not line of sight like IR, so you don't have to aim it at anything. Doesn't use much power, uses standard cr2032 button batteries that can be picked up locally, even at a grocery store if needed. If used with OSMC, needs ZERO setup other than pluging in the USB dongle.
Cons: None that I can think of.
Other: https://osmc.tv/store/product/osmc-remote-control/
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#10
Name: Pioneer VSX916 Remote
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Custom built HTPC/Server
OS: Ubuntu 14.04
Connection type: Infrared
Pros: Controls amp, TV and Kodi all from the one remote - has plenty of media buttons to map to Kodi functions
Cons: None
Other: -


Name: Xbox Media Remote
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Custom built HTPC
OS: Ubuntu 14.04
Connection type: Infrared
Pros: Designed for media control, buttons all backlit
Cons: Old now and buttons getting hard to press !!
Other: -


Name: PCRemote
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Raspberry Pi B
OS: OpenELEC
Connection type: Infrared
Pros: Compact, easy for wife to use !! and cheap.
Cons: Needed some buttons re-mapping to get the best out of it. Eats a battery every two months.
Other: - https://www.amazon.co.uk/New-Remote-Pi-M...+pi+remote
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#11
Name: Official Xbox 360 Media Remote (Black)
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Alienware Alpha
OS: Libreelec
Connection type: IR6/MCE
Pros: Plenty of buttons that are labelled properly for live tv/guide. Easy to use for non kodi users.
Cons: Requires IR receiver and line of sight, somewhat clicky buttons.
Other: https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005F28GYU

Name: Nvidia Shield Remote
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Nvidia SHIELD
OS: Android
Connection type: Wireless/Bluetooth
Pros: Small, quality build. Headphone jack, perfect for late at night in bed.
Cons: Far too few buttons, battery doesn't last long enough especially with headphones. Expensive.
Other: https://www.amazon.co.uk/NVIDIA-SHIELD-B...B00XO7AK9M
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#12
Name: Logitech K400 Black
Remote Device: Keyboard/Touchpad
Media Device: Intel D34010WYK NUC
OS: Windows 10 Pro x64
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Excellent battery life, full function keyboard, used for around a year+
Cons: Range is a bit poor, especially if wall/objects in between. So, using a USB extension cable

Name: Logitech K400 Black
Remote Device: Keyboard/Touchpad
Media Device: Dell Inspiron Micro 3050
OS: Windows 10 Pro x64
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Excellent battery life, full function keyboard, used for 6+ months
Cons: Range is a bit lacking, but have keyboard 12-14 ft away from HTPC, so not really an issue

Name: Logitech Harmony Ultimate w/Hub
Remote Device: Universal remote
Media Device: HiMedia Q10 Pro, Intel D34010WYK NUC
OS: Android (former); Windows 10 Pro x64 (latter)
Connection type: Wireless (Bluetooth to hub, which sends IR)
Pros: First class remote, does just about anything you need
Cons: Pricey, and sometimes complicated to program fully to suit needs

Name: Logitech Harmony Smart w/Hub
Remote Device: Universal remote
Media Device: nVidia Shield
OS: Android
Connection type: Wireless (Bluetooth to hub, which sends IR)
Pros: Very good remote, great form factor for holding in hand
Cons: Pricey, and sometimes complicated to program fully to suit needs. Lacks LCD touchscreen, which Ultimate has

Name: Minix A2 Lite
Remote Device: Air-mouse remote w/keyboard on flip-side
Media Device: Intel D34010WYK NUC
OS: Windows 10 Pro x64
Connection type: Wireless
Pros: Air-mouse, keyboard, big enough for holding
Cons: No right-click function
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#13
Name: Mele f10 deluxe
Remote Device: Keyboard + Remote (yep. both rf and ir)
Media Device: Wetek Core
OS: TB (Linux)
Connection type: USB

Pros:

has full qwerty keyboard, has ir learning (to control up to 2 additional devices via ir) function, has built-in li-ion battery - charging it once a few months (3-6), has airmouse, but I dont really use that

Cons: none for me

Other: ebay / amazon Wink
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#14
Name: Apple Remote (2nd Generation)
Remote Device: Remote
Media Device: Mac Mini
OS: Linux
Connection type: IR

Pros: Simple and including long presses does everything I need. Battery lasts for ever. Feels good in hand Wink
Cons: Few buttons relies on good skin navigation design (which is almost a pro) Big Grin

Other: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Apple_Remote

Update For the remote to work under Linux, use atvclient (requires compilation).
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#15
Name: Rii mini i6 RF-version with mini usb dongle
Remote Device: mini-keyboard / Remote
Media Device: HTPC
OS: Windows
Connection type: Wireless version

Pros:

++ can learn the IR codes from original remotes (works with my LG TV)
++ more responsive touchpad compared to my old rii mini-keyboard
+ perfect size
+ backlit

Cons:

- problems with distance (? mini usb dongle), so I had to use usb extension. Now it works fine.
- sleep mode: can't wake up instantly, I need to make a long press or 1 extra click. Very annoying =(
- not good battery life compared to my old rii mini-keyboard.
- not reliable on/off switch
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