Pros / It’s compatible with up to eight devices at once.
Cons / Users with smaller hands didn’t like how this remote felt.
Verdict / Our testers with large hands said the length and key size on the Sony 8-Device RM-VLZ620 made it incredibly easy to use.
This Sony can sync with up to eight devices, so you can control you gaming, video and other peripherals from the same universal remote. Plus, it’s compatible with that VCR you still have from 1992.
In our testing, we found it was a great fit for people with larger hands, in part because it is extra long and has a flat back with long, curved lines designed to give you a better grip. The channel and volume buttons are large and easy to press, as well. Our testers with larger hands appreciate the design elements, but our small-handed testers didn’t think they added much value to the aesthetic or functionality. If you have smaller hands, you may find you have to reposition your grip to access all the buttons.
The button color varies (you’ll see green, white and black) so that important functions, like the white channel and volume keys, stand out. The face of the remote isn’t what we would call modern-looking like the Logitech Harmony 650, but its matte surface means you won’t have to worry about it being smudged or scratched. This is ideal for families with small children or even pets who might mistake a remote for a toy.
When we set up this remote with our test devices, we had a slightly more difficult time than with we did with other similar remotes, but not by much. Setting up other universal remotes typically involves pressing a series of buttons and then typing in a code that corresponds with the TV, DVD player or VCR you’re trying to connect with. The Sony requires you to hold down two buttons simultaneously before you type the code. Because those buttons are very small and very close together, this required two hands and some finesse, but it is doable.
This model passed our durability tests. After we dropped it, it continued to work, even at a distance of 21 feet from the TV, Blu-ray player and other devices we connected.
This eight-device universal remote is ideal for controlling a huge home theater system, and its large size means it’s less likely to be misplaced than the smaller RCA RCRN04GZ 4-Device remote.