Most reviews will tell you TiVo did a great job of tweaking the buttons on the remote to make them even more user friendly. I have replaced all of my TiVo remotes with the Glo remote. I use my Harmony for myself, but the rest of my family loves the remote. If you have a new receiver or TV it is almost a must since it is a learning remote. Some people complain about the batteries, but in the last six months, I have only replaced the batteries in one of my 3 glo remotes. It pays to use good batteries in the remote.Better read the reviews of the remote on this site before buying. Many people are not happy with it.
My experience has been similar to rainwater with the Glo Remote in that I only just replaced the batteries for the second time in mine after 14 months so I'm seeing about 6-7 months here. Obviously lots of variables though such as amount of TV viewing time, remote use time during that time frame and lighting conditions while using the remote.I don't use a Glo Remote anymore because it burns batteries in record speed. The TiVo firm says it has a light sensor that keeps it from doing so (when sunlight comes in windows or when a ceiling light is on), however, I've had two Glo-Remotes and they both burn alkaline batteries in 2-4 weeks (compared to 3-6 months usage of the standard TiVo remote between battery replacements).
Even if you sit in the dark 24/7, you could turn the backlight off, so I don't see how it is even an issue that would affect someone's buying decision.I think much of the "poor life" is from differing use patterns, but getting 2-4 weeks out of a set of batteries sounds excessively like something wrong with the remote (or you sit in the dark watching TV 24/7 ).
True, I was just trying to come up with a plausible reason for a set of batteries to last that short a period of time.Even if you sit in the dark 24/7, you could turn the backlight off, so I don't see how it is even an issue that would affect someone's buying decision.
Not really. If you look at the design of the remote there is plently of room for 4 AA batteries with minor interior adjustments. And weight isn't even an issue. Besides, I think most of use would rather have longer battery life. I for one, have never seen a remote with such terrible battery life. It is freaking ridiculous.4 AA cells would be unwieldy.