The Sideclick from True Bloom earns my “Why didn’t I think of that” award. The brand-new, family owned startup, annoyed with using one remote to operate their streaming set-top box (like Roku and Apple TV) and another remote to control the TV, devised a simple, affordable solution that combines two remotes into one handheld unit.
The Sideclick is a super-slim universal remote that snaps onto your existing streaming remote and learns the codes of your existing TV remote in seconds, with no programming involved. To cater to all modes of streaming, True Bloom offers Sideclicks for Roku, Apple TV, Google Nexus Player, and Amazon Fire TV devices. Cord-cutters, rejoice, the Sideclick remote can be had for just $30. Should you switch from one brand of streaming set-top box to another, you can simply buy an adapter for $10.
It’s a great product for anyone who feels annoyed with having to juggle multiple remotes to stream media. Each of the six buttons on the Sideclick remote can be programmed to operate any type of A/V component, including your TV, soundbar and A/V receiver. Plus, a voice search feature makes finding something to watch a breeze.