Monday, May 26, 2014

Turn your phone or tablet into the ultimate universal remote with blumoo

Similar to the previously reviewed Rocki, we have another device that takes one perfectly good thing and allows it to do something it wasn’t intended for. This time around, we have blumoo, a small and inconspicuous device that turns a phone or tablet into a universal remote that is compatible with more than 200,000 different devices. The blumoo uses a Bluetooth 4.0 wireless connection, infrared, and is compatible with both apple and android devices. So after spending a half hour setting up my devices on the app, I figure it high time to get to the experience.

Out of the box, the blumoo is small, sexy, and does not skimp on build quality. On top of the fast and easy setup, sometimes it took a couple tries to get a component synced, but once all was set up on the app, it turned catching up on my TV shows into a new experience. This is mainly because on top of being a universal remote, blumoo also doubles as a media manager of sorts. In the setup, I was prompted to select my cable provider, and then was able to view the channel guide, setup alerts for shows, and receive suggestions on similar shows to check out. I have reviewed a similar device from griffin which had some signal issues due to the need of line of sight, this does not have that limitation and I was actually able to control my stereo from my patio.

In the end, there was only one device which I was not able to get working which was a TV in which I recently purchased, but other than that, I had my receiver, TV, apple TV, and Playstation 3 setup to use from my iPad Mini. I preferred the use on a tablet over the small screen on the phone, especially to view and navigate the guide and set up push notifications. If you have plethora of remotes and are looking for an intuitive and unique way to consolidate the clutter, the blumoo is available now for the price of $129.99.

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