I know I haven’t done one of these in a while but I couldn’t find anything to write about. But I did run across something interesting. It’s a 5 in 1 universal remote control which sells for $2. Granted it’s more than a dollar, but even at $2 it’s fairly cheap.
The brand name on it is Electra, although it’s basically a Sony, at least on the inside. It’s built around the Sony RV-V301 design. Although the case is obviously not anywhere near that of the Sony product. I have a Sony RM-V701 which has a black case with rubber bumpers on the top edges and bottom to prevent damage from falls. (Something every remote should have.) The Electra RM-V301 has a very cheap silvery case. The Sony’s case feels heavy and solid while the Electra’s feels lightweight and very cheap. The battery cover of the Electra barely stays on. But for two dollars one has to expect some compromise.
It’s hard to completely compare the two because the Sony is a more advanced model. But it’s clear from the model numbers, and the tech support number in the manual, that the Electra is based upon the Sony technology.
In trying it out I found that I was able to control my receiver to a limited degree as well as my Sony built VCR. I don’t have a DVD to try it on and I use my computer as my TV so I couldn’t try those features. I did however have trouble getting it to control my ExpressVu box, which the Sony does fine. This could be because the RM-V301 design upon which it was based is an older design that is older than the ExpressVu box, which is a problem with many universal remotes. The remotes are only as good as the technology they’re built to handle, so anything made after the remote was designed may not work with it.
The lack of satellite box control would probably be the biggest downside for me. But it is based upon a trusted design. How well it works for you depends upon your equipment. As a toy it’s not bad, after all it’s only two dollars. It’s fine if you would like to put away your extra remotes or you have an old VCR or TV which you no longer have the remote for and don’t want to spend money on. But if you’re dependent upon it and looking for something you need to rely upon, I suggest looking elsewhere.
Also worth noting that you can find Snow Mints in the stores right now. They’re basically a mint toffee and quite good but they’re also very popular and don’t last long. And they only seem to appear around Christmas, but are usually sold out by December. So if you see them, grab them.
I have a couple other dollar store items which I’ll probably do reviews for later.
For those looking for codes, they appear to be the same ones for the Sony model. Here’s a link to the Sony page for their remote and the codes:
The manual for the RM-V301 remote can be found at:
It explains how to find codes for components that are not listed.