Sadly, it’s not often enough that one gets to write “Works as advertised”. Under normal circumstances, that wouldn’t be the greatest endorsement of a product, but all too often, things actually don’t work as advertised. Fortunately for us, and for this review, the NaviLight 6 works extremely well.
To be honest, I’ve had issues with ‘Universal Remotes’ before… they should do one thing only, and do it well: control all of my components. How hard is that? Harder than you’d think, apparently, as the NaviLight is the first one to be able to handle the job.
With a simple, black, rounded design, the remote fits well in the hand, with buttons that protrude just enough to feel accessible, without being in the way. All the usual features are here, including an interesting “Instant Replay” function which I did not get a chance to try out.
However, what makes the NaviLight 6 stand out is its “Light” aspect. When the button for a particular component (for example, the ‘DVD’ button) is pressed, all the buttons associated with that component light up in green, giving you a nice overview of your field of choices for control. No more fumbling around in the dark, pressing the wrong button and getting the wrong choice; now you only get the function you want, associated with only the component you’ve chosen.
The RCR660 model (the one I’m reviewing) gives you control over 6 components: TVs, satellite/cable boxes, DVD players, VCRs, audio systems, and an Auxiliary device. Other models include the 460, which controls 4 devices, and the 860, which can control up to 8, including DVRs. The 660 retails for about $24.99.
If you spend any significant amount of time with more than one remote control, the NaviLight 6 is well worth your money.