Pros / It is relatively inexpensive.
Cons / Our reviewers didn’t like the button style or the feel of this remote.
Verdict / The Philips SRP5018/27 8-in-1 functions effectively and is easy to set up. That said, our reviewers found its design lacking.
This remote pairs with up to eight devices, including smart TVs, streaming services, your cable box, a VCR and more. It’s reasonably priced and comes with programmable buttons that are color-coded for some of the most common streaming services: Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. The colors of the programmable buttons correspond to these services without naming them, which we thought was a nice design element. This remote is a great for those who use multiple streaming services, and it’s also compatible with Apple TV and Roku.
While this universal remote passed our durability test – being dropped repeatedly from about 3 feet in the air – it is so lightweight that some of our reviewers didn’t like how it felt in their hands, much like the GE 8-Device Universal Remote.The buttons have a very slim profile, which made it difficult to differentiate between them in the dark, especially since the remote isn’t backlit. The remote's packaging clearly advertises backlit device buttons, which we found a little off-putting because – while the device buttons stipulating whether you're controlling the TV, your cable box or DVD player light up – nothing else on the remote does.
Our reviewers were also split on whether the buttons themselves were easy to find. For instance, the large square in the middle of the remote immediately draws your eye, but it anchors the rewind and fast-forward buttons rather than buttons for channels or volume. It also lacked an eject button, so if you sync the remote with your DVD or Blu-ray player, you must get up or use another remote to eject your disc. This remote stood out because of its silver sheen, but some of our testers said that design element made it difficult to read the buttons. Our testers also said it wasn’t curved or ergonomic, making it easy to drop.
Overall, this is a useful remote with very easy setup; you type in codes found in the directions that correspond to the device you’re syncing to. This type of setup was typical among the remotes we tested including our top pick, the Inteset 4-in-1. While the Phillips didn’t stand out as the best remote in our testing, it certainly wasn’t the worst.