- Apple’s remote for the Apple TV has a ton of little issues that make using it a pain.
- An accessory you can buy for $8 on Amazon actually fixes every single problem with the Apple TV remote.
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The Apple TV is an excellent streaming device. Its remote control, however, is a pain in the butt.
The remote control itself is tiny and slick, making it extremely easy to lose— in a couch cushion, for example.
The remote’s touchpad is also overly sensitive, which means it’ll turn on your Apple TV if you just graze it accidentally (or, you know, your couch cushion touches it).
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And due to the near-symmetrical design of the button layout, you can’t pick up the remote control and immediately know its orientation. I’ve had countless occasions where I try pausing a show or movie only to return to the main menu, because there’s no way to know if the remote is upside down unless you look directly at it. It’s annoying.
Thankfully, there’s a solution that fixes every single problem with the Apple TV remote, and it only costs $8. Take a look.
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Apple’s TV remote is super slick, but the elago R1 Intelli Case is made of a soft silicone that adds much-needed resistance to the surface of the remote. It shouldn’t slip into your couch cushions as easily this way.
The remote’s touchpad is overly sensitive, but the Intelli Case provides a nice buffer along the perimeter of the touchpad so you shouldn’t accidentally graze it as often.
Most importantly, the design of the Intelli Case makes it so you’ll always know which end of the remote is up. For anyone familiar with the Apple TV remote, this is a subtle but huge quality-of-life improvement.
It even has a lanyard! You can’t lose the remote if it’s attached to your wrist.
The Intelli Case also has magnets built in, which means you can keep your Apple TV remote attached to any magnetic surface — like your TV, or fridge — so you never lose it.
Elago sells the Intelli Case in six different colors.
Black seems like the way to go, though.
It’s pretty incredible that an $8 accessory can improve upon Apple’s design in so many significant ways.
You can buy the R1 Intelli Case for $8 on Amazon, or $9 on Elago’s website.