Griffin Beacon Review
Considering that the actual Griffin Beacon is one part of the equation, the other half is found with the free Dijit Personal Media Assistant app – and it’s found in the App Store. Once installed, we’re greeted with a simple systematic process in transforming our iPhone (or iPad/iPod Touch) into that useful universal remote. Running the app, there are 5 distinctive icons placed on the bottom edge of the interface that gives us access to the Guide, Devices, Activities, Rooms, and Settings.
Impressively, the Griffin Beacon goes beyond simply acting as a universal remote for all of our home theater products. In addition to them, the Dijit app provides us the convenience of being able to manage our favorite programming, looking through the channel guide, the ability to check out our Netflix Instant queue, and integrates Facebook social networking into the mix. Essentially, we adore the convergence that the Dijit app has to offer since it’s very engaging in tracking and managing all of our TV watching needs.
The Griffin Beacon goes beyond simply acting as a universal remote for all of our home theater products
There’s no arguing about it, but we can sometimes be overwhelmed by the myriad of buttons on our various remotes. Naturally, the other nice thing with the Dijit app is that we’re in constant control with the layout of our on-screen remotes. Furthermore, it’s nice seeing that it eliminates the need to manage multiple remotes since we’re given the ability to quickly switch remotes on the fly with the app. Space can be a luxury with the iPhone’s display, but thankfully you can add other remote buttons to the extended area with each respective virtual remote.
Using the Griffin Beacon with a Samsung television, we’re able to execute a variety of basic and advanced functions – and it works flawlessly. However, we did experience one nagging bug that basically sends a command twice to our cable/DVR box. For example, pressing the channel up key once makes it change the channel up by two spots. Obviously, it doesn’t happen on all brands, but one quick remedy is found by adjusting the IR repeat settings within the Dijit app. However, we still find the issue persisting, but we’re certain that future firmware updates will squash the problem.
After using the Griffin Beacon over the course of a week, we find its battery life at 70 percent capacity. At our current usage, it’s going to be tapped out completely just a bit over 23 days, which is well under the 2 months it’s rated.
Without a doubt, we absolutely love that the Griffin Beacon is a useful convergence device that organizes our eclectic remotes into one – while giving us complete control of the complete home theater experience as well. Not only are we able to do basic things like turning on/off the TV, but the extensive Dijit app provides additional functionality that goes beyond most other things. For $79.99, it’s pretty reasonable seeing that it does more things than some other pricey universal remotes on the market.
Griffin Beacon Video Review:
- Takes the hassle of monitoring multiple remotes
- Dijit app offers added functionality
- Minimalistic design
- Bug that repeats commands with some brands
- Poor battery life and no external power source
1. TeamDroid2.0 (unregistered) posted on 13 Sep 2011, 09:19 0 0
Ill lose my remote, but not my phone but not this thing? Fail
2. TeamDroid2.0 (unregistered) posted on 13 Sep 2011, 09:20 0 0
or* this thing
4. Dave Delaney (unregistered) posted on 13 Sep 2011, 10:21 0 0
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:
6. Alantef posted on 14 Sep 2011, 10:12 0 0
gonna wait to get this til they get an android update