Best Media Remotes for Xbox One Windows Central 2019

If you use the Xbox One to control most of the media in your home, you are well aware of how clunky the standard gaming controller can be when trying to command other systems. If you're looking for an easier solution, you may want to consider a media remote for your Xbox One such as the excellent PDP Talon.

Superb remote: PDP Talon Media Remote

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The PDP Talon Media Remote looks more like a universal remote than a dedicated Xbox remote. All the standard buttons you'd find on any remote are here: play, pause, stop, rewind, fast-forward and menu. But it's larger and has more dedicated buttons. Like most Xbox remotes, this one uses IR and it has some limited TV control capabilities.

$15 at Amazon

Official choice: Microsoft Xbox One media remote

The official Xbox One media remote is a small, matte black affair with an easy-to-grip rubberized back. When you pick it up, motion sensors immediately light up the buttons. The remote performs the essential functions and can turn your Xbox One on and off. Thanks to the Xbox TV Guide feature, you can even control your cable box with this remote and it can even easily navigate streaming apps such as Netflix and Hulu.

$50 from Amazon

Super compact: Nyko media remote

Slightly smaller and thinner than the Microsoft media remote, Nyko's looks a little more like a traditional remote control. The buttons are made of rounded rubber and are backlit. All the standard playback controls are present and the Home button will take you back to the Xbox One home screen anytime you need it. There are two buttons that Nyko's remote has Microsoft's doesn't: a power button and an eject button. Which is neat.

$23 from Amazon

Budget universal: Inteset universal IR learning remote

If you're looking for something that will control your Xbox One that also works with your other devices, the Inteset universal IR learning remote is perfect. It comes preset to use with your Xbox One, which makes it incredibly easy to set up. Simply by pushing either the A, B, C or D buttons, you can set up the remote to function for Apple TV, Xbox One, Windows Media Center, and Roku respectively, making it easy to switch back and forth between devices.

$27 from Amazon

King of remotes: Logitech Harmony Elite remote

Logitech's Harmony Elite is the current pinnacle of universal remotes. The first thing that stands out is its touchscreen. It allows you to access all the different devices you have connected to the remote, making it easy to switch between using your Xbox One, cable box, Apple TV or any other device. One touch can turn on your TV, set the input, turn on the Xbox, and switch on your speaker system. It can even control your smart lights. It has a rechargeable battery and charging dock, as well as a hub allowing control through your smartphone.

$270 at Amazon

Voice commands: Amazon Echo Dot

The Xbox skill for Alexa means you can control just about every aspect of your Xbox One with your voice, and the 3rd generation Amazon Echo Dot is the best way to do this. It's small enough to blend in anywhere, the newer version sounds great for listening to music but best of all, you can change channels, volume, launch apps, games, movies and so much more all with your voice.

$50 from Amazon

If we had to pick...

The Xbox One is an amazing box to have in your living room for all your home media needs, and a great remote can enhance your experience. The superb PDP Talon is an excellent remote by any standards, let alone for a console. It has all the Xbox buttons, is well made and affordable, and ticks all the boxes.

By contrast, you can now finally (once again) interact with your console using your voice. It's not a substitute for a dedicated remote, but with an Amazon Echo Dot you can turn the console on and off, launch apps and games and much more besides.

And if you're a fan of high-end home entertainment equipment, the Xbox One will be right at home in your setup with the Logitech Harmony Elite. This programmable remote is capable of controlling everything in your entertainment center. It's the one remote to rule them all.

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