Doro HandleEasy 321rc Universal Infrared Remote Control
* 7 programmable keys
* Hard keys for best tactile feeling
* Learning function allows you to learn from your existing remote control
* Compatibility to RC5 RC6 IR equipment and all major brands of TV's videos DVD's and stereos
* Ringer off setting
Bought for my 83 year old mother who just couldn't Get on with her tv remote. This has everything she needs, on, off, volume up and down, channel up and down.
Have no fear buying this for yourself or an elderly relative, it's perfect!
Helping to make 'going digital' a doddle.
When my 91-yr-old mum (who has difficulties following a stroke three years ago) was forced to 'go digital' I anticipated problems for her having to juggle a new digibox remote together with her original TVs' remotes, so we chose together two new TVs with freeview. I hadn't expected that she would have such enormous difficulty with the complicated remote controls supplied with the new TVs, mainly as a result of accidentally pressing the wrong buttons. She was in despair and getting terribly stressed.
These doro remote controls have come to the rescue. I've set one up to work with her Panasonic Viera TV, and programming it to 'learn' from the TV's own remote was very quick and very easy. I can just set up the TV the way she wants it (picture preferences etc.) using the TV's own remote - which can then be stored out of the way. All she now has to do, using the doro remote, is turn on/off, move volume up/down and change channel up/down.
Hopefully a second doro remote will be just as easy to set up, to work with her other Samsung TV.
It works!! The design is brilliantly simple*. Everything has been so cleverly thought-out. Amazon's price is very good, as well.
I only wish I'd known about these before, because my father and my mother-in-law had exactly the same difficulties when they suffered similar cognitive impairment.
On another point, I notice that other reviewers have had difficulty getting these to work with Tesco's Technika range of TVs. I'm not surprised, as I experienced lots of problems with the Technika that we chose for my mum. Even if it had worked properly - it didn't - the sound quality was atrocious, especially at the high volume a hard-of-hearing person requires. I'm a big fan of Tesco normally, but you should steer well clear of their Technika TVs (which I think at the moment are the same as their own-brand ones).
*P.S. (Added six months later). It turns out that for some people there is just one problem with this remote: the absence of numbers with which to select channels. You can only up/down, which is effected by a right/left pair of buttons. For someone who's never used the up/down method before this became a big difficulty. The good news: it's encouraged her to try again to master each TV's own remote, which she's managed fairly successfully! C'est la vie. Still a great 5-star product, all the same.