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# 48668 16-Nov-2009 21:26
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TiVo Glo Backlit Remote Control vs TiVo Standard Remote Control.

I purchased the Glo remote from The remote was US$41.91 (NZ$60.35) and the shipping was NZ$51.81.
Total cost was therefore NZ$112.16.

The remote is such a significantly better product I am happy with having paid that much for it.

Standard Remote, left, Glo Remote right.

Form Factor:
Glo remote is almost exactly the same length and width as standard remote.
Glo remote is more curvaceous, and is noticeably slimmer around the waist.

Rear end of Glo remote is slightly taller than standard remote due to battery configuration. (4xAAA batteries)
Underside of remote has corrugated lines along rear half.
Chrome rim fits perfectly, very small tolerances between gloss plastic cover and chrome rim.


Buttons look similar at first glance, but they are far superior. 
Button layout is slightly different. SELECT button is inside the circular directional arrow buttons, as opposed to below on standard remote.
VOLUME and CHAN/PAGE buttons are above the THUMBS UP and THUMBS DOWN buttons, opposite to standard remote.
The buttons are well sculpted, for example the PAUSE and REC buttons are concave, the shape has obviously been carefully considered, it is easy to identify these buttons without looking.
I've noted that there's almost no text printed on the remote surface itself, almost all text is on the buttons. Standard remote has much text printed on the body. The printing on Glo remote looks superior too, it is finer and more detailed, and brighter white in colour.
I also noted that the THUMBS UP and THUMBS DOWN button do not have the ® logo. Weird!
However most importantly the button mechanism is vasty better. The buttons themselves only depress about 1mm, and there is a click when button is pressed. The buttons travel is much less, and it is easier to press the button several times in quick succession.
The buttons are made of a firmer feeling rubber, and the is almost no horizontal wiggle of the buttons at all.

Build Quality and overall impressions.

The build quality is excellent, the tolerances between the chrome rim, top surface and main body are very close and well fitting.
The backlight functions works very well, and only when the ambient light level is low. The SELECT and directional arrow buttons are the brightest, the numeric buttons are much less bright. The TiVo button illuminates white instead of orange like the other buttons.

The remote is very comfortable to hold, and feels well balanced when held around the waist.

So to sum up;
Excellent build quality, much better buttons, better button layout, backlit buttons, better balance and feel. Looks much sharper!
I would recommend to TiVo enthusiasts, particularly if like me, your TiVo remote is now your "primary" remote.

Well that's probably enough information for anyone!


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Uber Geek


  # 273696 17-Nov-2009 00:34
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Wow, $112? I'll stick with my Harmony I think...

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Master Geek


  # 273715 17-Nov-2009 07:31
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May be due to my failing eyesight, but is there a Tv Input button on the glow?

I saw your post previously and went straight to Amazon. Priority courier delivery only $51 doesn't seem fair!

In negotiations with Ebay trader in UK to post it!

The Tivo remote has finally given me some cred at home. The WAF has gone up significantly with one remote that can be used to support all her viewing pleasure. If I can get it to glow in the dark as well then the favour factor will hit the roof!

I need to glow!

They see me rollin, they hatin!


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Master Geek

  # 273719 17-Nov-2009 07:45
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Thanks Joseph for this very interesting review - certainly looks MUCH improved on the standard unit.

Yes - button is in similar position as standard remote (labelled 'Input').

Hi-res photo of the unit here:

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Ultimate Geek

  # 273723 17-Nov-2009 08:03
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See this new topic for more info on a way to get it cheaper that may suit all of you.

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Uber Geek


  # 273740 17-Nov-2009 09:01
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kiwipeter: Thanks Joseph for this very interesting review - certainly looks MUCH improved on the standard unit.

Yes - button is in similar position as standard remote (labelled 'Input').

Hi-res photo of the unit here:

Thanks for the link to high-res pix, I couldn't take a satisfactory close up photo last night and gave up trying!


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  # 273743 17-Nov-2009 09:06
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bazzer: Wow, $112? I'll stick with my Harmony I think...

Heh, looking at the Logitech site, seems like the cheapest(!) Harmony remote is US$149.
I agree tho, if you already have one, there would be no point upgrading your TiVo remote.


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  # 273772 17-Nov-2009 10:47
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No way! There's the 500 series here and the 700 series here from DSE. OK, the 785 is more expensive, but it has a colour screen and it's "Activity" based and really easy to use (once programmed). The 515 is identical functionalitywise but with a monochrome screen.

I dont see how you can control a whole system with that TiVo remote?


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  # 273802 17-Nov-2009 11:26
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Oh yes, sorry I only checked half-assedly for pricing, and didn't look locally.
My system is so basic, I don't even have an AV receiver, so in total all I have to control is one TV, one TiVo and one MacBook.
So all I require is one TiVo remote and one bluetooth Mighty Mouse.
I can see if you have a more complex setup that a universal remote would be excellent.


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  # 273823 17-Nov-2009 11:47
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Yeah, I guess if you only have a TV to control as well as the TiVo then it would work OK. Still think you're pretty keen paying $100+ or a remote you already have! It does look nicer than the original remote though (which looks like your typical cheap plastic remote).

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