Griffin Beacon Review
Always a never-ending struggle for the many couch potatoes out there in the world - try as they can, but for some odd reason, they somehow manage to end up losing the television remote at one point or another. Rather than spending some time channel surfing, they’re left to search out and sniff for their highly prized remotes in the cracks and innards of their couch. Well, the Griffin Beacon is aiming to cure those pains as it aims to be the all-in-one solution to your remote needs. Essentially turning your iPhone into a snazzy universal remote, it takes the hassle of juggling multiple remotes for various home theater related devices – and it only priced at less than $80. However, will it be enough to convince people to choose it over other universal remotes?
Looking at the Griffin Beacon, we’re initially perplexed by its intriguing design – especially when it appears to be nothing more than a polished stone placed on a pedestal. Still, its modern looks is by far one of its most alluring features since it causes many people to question what it is exactly. And seeing that it’s glossy all around, it also makes for a perfect centerpiece on a living or family room table where it needs to be placed in order to work with home theater peripherals.
With the top portion of the device, the part that looks like a stone, it tucks away the unit’s IR blaster that shoots information to corresponding devices. Since it’s curved too, it offers a wide 180-degree IR range coverage so that it’s able to communicate with devices placed in front of it.
The Griffin Beacon is powered by 4 AA batteries. Of course, this means that you’ll need to replace them all at some point in the future, which can be costly in the end. Luckily, the manufacturer says that it’s able to get up two months of juice with those batteries.
1. TeamDroid2.0 (unregistered)
Ill lose my remote, but not my phone but not this thing? Fail
2. TeamDroid2.0 (unregistered)
or* this thing
4. Dave Delaney (unregistered)
Thanks for the great review John.
I wanted to note that the double-fire bug you mentioned has been corrected in the new firmware update for Beacon.
You can update your firmware here:
5. jennif20101 (Posts: 1; Member since: 13 Sep 2011)
Getting started is easy...
6. Alantef (Posts: 287; Member since: 14 Sep 2011)
gonna wait to get this til they get an android update