As Roku remotes lacks basic buttons like power and volume button so we have to look out for main remote of your TV but this Sideclick gets attached to your remote and make it function like a single control unit.
In this technocrat world, we want to control all the devices with one button isn’t it so why do we need separate remotes for controlling our TV. Sometimes you are unable to find the other remote which is the main remote of your TV and it get all chaotic and frustrating but you have to deal with this situation as neither the Roku nor the Amazon Fire TV remotes have TV power and volume control buttons and this makes you dependable on the other remote.
So for the people you like minimalist controls a device called Slideclick comes into action. It is small, programmable IR blaster that clips with your Roku remote, Fire TV, AppleTv or even Google’s Nexus Player. It controls your TV and your streaming device as a single unit.
Earlier, this year it was shipped to its Kickstarter backers and now is available to public for $30.
How it works:
It comes with six programmable buttons and they each have icons on it which suggest its uses such as power, volume, and channel and you can freely assign these buttons to any function from IR remote.
Further, by pressing the top and bottom buttons sets Slideclick to a pairing mode and it is indicated by a small LED light that turns red. When you want to pair a button hold it down for a moment and point your TV remote at the Sideclick from about an inch away and then press the button whose function you want to assign. The LED light will blink three times and then goes solid and this is an indicator that pairing has completed.
The pairing of the Slideclick buttons takes less than a minute and once paired the buttons operate like on a regular remote. The unit is powered by a pair of AAA batteries.
However, Sideclick is easy to set up but it doesn’t work about 12 feet away.
It is made up of plastic so the design is pretty elegant. You start by lining the corresponding clot on the cradle and sliding the cradle to lock the two parts into place and you will hear a click.When you pull up the cradle’s middle tab it releases the two parts.
Previously, Sideclick planned to construct separate attachments for each streaming remote. But in the end, they settled for single IR blaster that can attach to any company’s streaming remote. You don’t have to spend a lot to use sideclick when you want to use it with different streaming devices and additional clips sells for for $8 to $10.
This adaptable design of Sideclick makes the product feel cheaper and both Roku and Fire TV remote were tended to wobble when they were connected to Sideclick. However with Amazon’s smaller Fire TV stick remote was steady.
Personally, I would like to see the smaller version of the Sideclick with a just power button and volume buttons though some people might be pinning their eye on other buttons as well.
One more shortcoming for Roku users attaching the Sideblock blocks the headphone jack of Roku3 and Roku4 remotes. However, Roku remote is easy to remove.
Do you need Sideclick:
When we compare it to a universal Logitech Harmony remote is is way simpler and less expensive too. Moreover, it maintains access to device specific features such as voice control especially on Roku and Fire TV.
If you owe Apple TV or Nvidia’s Shield Android TV you won’t require separate remote with other TV functions. So, if you have a Roku, Fire TV Google Nexus Player or older an Apple TV then Sideclick is a thing for you.