We are looking at replacing our MCE remote controls as they are getting pretty old and worn out.
Is there a decent replacement remote control that anyone can recommend that is compatible with CoreELEC? Perhaps one that uses Bluetooth rather than IR.
I’ve used so many different remote controls it’s crazy…
It really depends what you need. The Logitech Harmony 350 is quite a nice balance and can replicate a Windows MCE remote (and you can map the keys a bit more should you wish). I had to create a config file for it - but the instructions here are very straightforward to follow if you are comfortable SSHing into your CoreElec install.
Other remotes I’ve used with various Kodi installs :
PS3 Blu-ray remote (V1 and V2) - which is a nice remote if you need channel numbers but doesn’t have a dedicated record button for PVR duties (and I really wanted that) It uses Bluetooth - and you need to enable standby to avoid it eating batteries.
Tivo Slider Pro (RF and uses a USB dongle). This is a very neat ‘peanut’ shaped remote - which slides open to reveal a QWERTY keyboard. It takes quite a lot of customisation to get all the buttons to work properly - and I’ve not tried it with CoreElec. It doesn’t have a STOP button but you can remap the Slow Motion button relatively easily. It also has channel number buttons.
(There are also IR Tivo remotes without the slide out keyboard - they may be quite nice - but I haven’t tried one)
Minix A2 Lite (RF and uses a USB dongle). This is a double sided remote (Cursors and basic play / pause on one side, QWERTY on the other). It doesn’t have much in the way of PVR stuff - but if you don’t use PVR it may be OK for you.
Vero remote (RF and uses a USB dongle). Simple cursors plus a few other transport controls - but very straightforward to use.
Amazon Fire TV remotes (Bluetooth). Some of these work quite nicely - but do a bit of checking first - as not all models seem to work the same.