Perhaps I missed it launch week. Or perhaps it’s an even newer arrival. Regardless, I discovered and unboxed the new TiVo Glo Remote, Premiere Edition, at the Best Buy Friday night… as they conducted some light iPad remodeling.
It appears that the jump in physical quality from standard “peanut” to Glo is much less dramatic in the Series 4 line than what we saw with the Series2 and TiVo HD. Partially due to what I suspect is a cost cutting, profit boosting measure of sharing (lesser) parts. The Glo does provide learning capabilities and backlit keys (get it, Glo?) over the stock Premiere remote, along with a slightly different paint job (along the bezel). But it doesn’t feel quite as solid as the original Glo, one of my all time favorite remotes. Several of which we have sprinkled about our home. Perhaps adding to the slightly different feeling is a reduction in weight. Whereas the original Glo housed 4 AAA batteries, the Premiere Glo is powered by just a pair of AAs.
The new Glo remote comes bundled with the Premiere XL or can be purchased separately for $50 at Best Buy or TiVo.com. But I’ll be hanging onto my originals for the time being.
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