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Best Kodi Remote Controls 2017

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There is nothing quite like coming home from school or work, sitting down on the couch and picking up your Kodi remote control to watch your favorite program. But not all remotes are created equal.

Best Kodi Remote Controls Featured in this Review

The perfect Kodi air mouse or remote needs to be able to take a beating, have a good range and a button layout that is easy to use. Here we look at the cream of the crop of affordable Android remotes that make navigating your Kodi box easy and comfortable.

#1. Best Value: Rii i8+

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(Updated 2017,Backlit) Rii i8+ 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad Mouse, LED Backlit, Rechargable Li-ion Battery-Black
4024 Reviews
(Updated 2017,Backlit) Rii i8+ 2.4GHz Mini Wireless Keyboard with Touchpad Mouse, LED Backlit, Rechargable Li-ion Battery-Black
  • 3 in 1 MultiFunction 2.4GHz Mini Wireless QWERTY keyboard, TouchPad combo,LED backlit with USB interface adapter.
  • Perfect combo: 92 keys Wireless QWERTY Keyboard + Touchpad which supports multi-finger functions, A single finger click as left mouse function, two-finger click as the right mouse function, double finger drag as the rolling screen
  • This is a wonderful combo, 2.4GHz Mini Wireless QWERTY keyboard, TouchPad combo, New increased Backlit LED with USB interface adapter.
The Rii i8+ is one of the most popular Kodi keyboard remotes with an impressive feature set. It combines controls for volume and channel switching with a full QWERTY keyboard in a perfectly sized package. Don’t worry about dimming the lights to watch a movie, the backlit buttons allow this device to be used in the dark. The remote looks well built and feels great in your hand thanks to the rubberized finish. Additionally, it is rechargeable so you don’t have to run to the store for batteries if it runs out of juice. Do note that this uses a mini USB so you might not be able to use your phone’s charger.

 

While we like the fact that Rii has added a touchpad to the i8+, even supporting multi-finger functions, it is limited by its size. The responsiveness is good, but it will take a couple of swipes to scroll through web pages. We wish Rii made the i8+ slightly bigger as it feels a little cramped. However, this is a fantastic Android TV remote that covers all the essential features in a very compact device.

#2. Budget: Inteset INT-422

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Inteset INT-422 4-in-1 Universal Backlit IR Learning Remote for Apple TV, Xbox One, Roku & Media Center
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Inteset INT-422 4-in-1 Universal Backlit IR Learning Remote for Apple TV, Xbox One, Roku & Media Center
  • Pre-programmed for Apple TV (See Pairing in our user Forum), XBox One, Media Center and Roku device codes which are easily changed. Full LED Backlighting-All buttons.
  • Volume Lock-The user can lock the volume in all modes; Channel Lock-The user can lock access to the channel changing capability in one mode such as the cable box; ID Lock- After a valid code has been set that code can be locked.
  • Macro Programming-This allows the programming of a string of commands (up to 15) within a mode or mode independent.
If you are the type of person that sits down in front of a TV to simply watch content and leaves the web surfing to your phone or laptop, the Inteset INT-422 is probably the best Kodi remote for you. It provides all the basic buttons required to control your Kodi TV box in a traditional form factor. One of the top features that we love about the INT-422 is the ability to record macros to automate repetitive button clicking. Speaking of button clicking, we are not the biggest fans of how the buttons feel when clicked, it feels a bit mushy. But this comes down to personal preference and has no influence on how well this remote responds to your presses.

Thanks to its excellent layout and spacing of buttons, this remote is a joy to use. It lies well balanced in your hand and many users will be quickly familiar with its layout. And since its buttons are backlit, it can be easily used in the dark. The only downside here is not a dedicated button to activate the backlight, nor is it motion controlled. Also, we wish the light stayed on for a little longer.

Programming this remote couldn’t be easier with detailed instructions that are well written. The INT-422 is amongst the cheapest Kodi remotes available, yet at the same time does a fabulous job at basic Kodi navigation. If you are looking for a cheap and basic but highly reliable remote control for your Kodi box, this is the device to get.

#3. Luxury: Rii I25

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Rii Mini i25 Multifunction Mini Wireless 2.4GHz Air Mouse Keyboard K25 Infrared Remote Control, Black (mwk25)
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Rii Mini i25 Multifunction Mini Wireless 2.4GHz Air Mouse Keyboard K25 Infrared Remote Control, Black (mwk25)
  • Multifunction, with QWERTY Keyboard & Air Mouse & IR remote for Windows and Mac OS computers, home theater PC users, IPTV, Internet TV, Google TV, Android TV box, PS3 and Xbox 360.
  • With USB interface receiver, and built-in advanced lithium-ion battery, energy-efficient.
  • Build-in rechargeable polymer Lithium-ion battery, support USB charge.
If we had to associate cars with these different remotes, this would be the Italian sports car. It looks absolutely gorgeous with its sleek edges and black and orange finish, yet is very comfortable to grip thanks to its rugged texture. The I25 is divided into two parts. The front provides menu and function controls. A full QWERTY keyboard is integrated into the back with nicely spaced keys making typing a joy with this Kodi remote. Also, it is rechargeable and long lasting on a single charge.

 

One thing we dislike is the missing backlight. The excellent button layout and spacing does make up for it but we still would have loved to have the buttons light up in the dark.
The big feature of this remote control is that it also works as an air mouse for Kodi. This allows you to control the mouse by moving your remote. It takes a little getting used to but feels very intuitive and precise once you get the hang of it. While not very cheap, the I25 is arguably the best air mouse for Kodi available right now.

#4. Aerb Mini

Aerb 2.4G Mini Wireless Keyboard Mouse Multifunctional W Infrared Remote Learning, 3-Gyro and 3-Gsensor, Air Control for Windows iOS MAC
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Aerb 2.4G Mini Wireless Keyboard Mouse Multifunctional W Infrared Remote Learning, 3-Gyro and 3-Gsensor, Air Control for Windows iOS MAC
  • 4 in 1: 2.4G 3D, 2.4G wireless keyboard and mouse, 6-Axis Somatosensory and infrared remote control
  • Compatible with Android Smart TV, IPTV, Networked set-top Box, Mini PC, Android TV Box, HTPC and PCTV
  • Plug and play,operating experience with current 2.4GHz wireless technology,transmission distance up to 10 meters
The Aerb might look like a very basic remote control on the front, but underneath those buttons lie multiple sensors allowing you to use this device as an air mouse. This gives you full control of your Kodi box’s mouse using gestures. A keyboard lies on the backside. It is however very small and not very convenient to use. The spacing and layout of the buttons on the front, on the other hand, is great. Additionally, this remote seems to be well constructed and the finish feels much more professional than similar devices in its price range.

Sadly, this remote is not backlit and the symbol texts on the keyboard are very hard to read even in decent lighting. Still, if you are looking for a remote with all the features at a very affordable price, you won’t find any better than the Aerb.

#5. Gemtune F21

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Gemtune Wireless Mini Keyboard & Mouse Remote Control for Android Smart TV Box G Box HTPC Mini PC Windows iOS MAC Linux PS3 Xbox 360(F21)
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Gemtune Wireless Mini Keyboard & Mouse Remote Control for Android Smart TV Box G Box HTPC Mini PC Windows iOS MAC Linux PS3 Xbox 360(F21)
  • WE ARE NOW IN A BIG CLEARANCE SALE OF SEVERAL INVENTORIES. DON'T MISS IT! F21 is a plug-and-play remote control, just plug the USB reviewer to your PC/TV box, holding it in your hands and rotating your wrist slightly, the cursor will corresponding to move appropriately and accurately point to every pixel on the screen. Sampling frequency of F21 is up to 125Hz, it guarantees flexible and smooth operation, showing a high level of smoothness.
  • PLEASE NOTE: THIS IS ONE REMOTE AND CAN'T BE SEPARATE TO TWO. Advanced 2.4GHz wireless transmission technology, effectively eliminate the delay and loss of signal and guaranteed stable and efficient operation within 15 meters. You will feel convenience and freedom. More fun online experience for you.
  • F21 used two AAA battery designed and offer a unique intelligent power-saving function. When the product is not being used, it will automatically enter sleeping state to support the battery could be used more than 180 days, you do not need to replace the battery frequently. It is durable, energy saving and environmental protection.
Well, Gemtune certainly didn’t go for a boring product design. You probably either love or hate the look of this remote control, but we do appreciate Gemtune trying to mix things up. Functionally speaking, the F21 is a great remote with a very precise air-mouse mode and nice, soft-clicking buttons. The whole device feels very sturdy and should be able to take a beating. It is powered by standard AAA batteries and is able to cover a good range. However, do make sure you have plenty of batteries on hand as this Kodi remote is not very economical when it comes to power consumption.

 

We like the keyboard on the back but would hope that Gemtune added additional buttons on the front. Quite a bit of real estate is used up by the battery cover. Regardless, the F21  is a very solid Kodi remote control. Whether its design is a plus or a drawback we leave up to you.

#6. Maketheone Mini

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Maketheone® 2.4G Mini Wireless KODI XBMC Keyboard Touchpad Mouse Combo - Multi-media Portable Handheld Android Keyboard- for PC Google Android Smart TV Tivo Box Media Mini TV PC Stick HTPC IPTV Laptop
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Maketheone® 2.4G Mini Wireless KODI XBMC Keyboard Touchpad Mouse Combo - Multi-media Portable Handheld Android Keyboard- for PC Google Android Smart TV Tivo Box Media Mini TV PC Stick HTPC IPTV Laptop
  • Bluetooth Keyboard - 2.4GHz wireless connection, smart and portable sizeKeyboard, Great Anti-jamming Capability;RF adopt DSS mode
  • Multimedia remote control and touch pad functional handheld keyboard
  • Comparable to the real notebook touch pad TV BOX PC Laptop Tablet Mini PC
This remote comes with a solid build quality and a nicely spaced keyboard, making typing a breeze. It also has a nice touchpad at the center. However, we have seen mixed reviews of its responsiveness. Hooking the Maketheone up to your Kodi box is as easy as can be because it doesn’t use any special function buttons. You get a keyboard and touchpad that is easily held in your hands.

This device is powered by 3 AAA batteries and is not rechargeable. Personally, we prefer not having to buy batteries for our remotes. However, since this device does not have backlit buttons, your batteries will last you for a long time.

#7. Hausbell Mini H7

Hausbell Mini H7 2.4GHz Wireless Entertainment Keyboard with Touchpad for PC, Pad, Andriod TV Box, Google TV Box, Xbox360, PS3 (Black)
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Hausbell Mini H7 2.4GHz Wireless Entertainment Keyboard with Touchpad for PC, Pad, Andriod TV Box, Google TV Box, Xbox360, PS3 (Black)
  • International Version - Product may not include US Warranty
  • QWERTY full function mini keyboard with Built-in high sensitive smart Touchpad of 360-degree flip design. Built-in rechargeable lithium battery supports long time working, short time charge, and longer standby time.
  • The larger touchpad and unique mouse button design makes the operation more convenient with multimedia control keys and PC gaming control keys.
The design of the Mini H7 is not as ergonomic as some of the other Kodi remote controls that we looked at. The buttons have a great clicky feel and are easily pressed with either thumb. We really like the large left and right mouse buttons and how they are placed at the corners. This allows you to move and click the mouse without shifting your hands. Also, the trackpad is very responsive and supports vertical scrolling (no horizontal scrolling, though). As with many other remotes, the trackpad doesn’t move the mouse very far so you might have to swipe more than once.

Despite the very affordable price, the Mini H7 also has some drawbacks. For one, it doesn’t have backlighting which might or might not be a deal breaker for you. Also, it doesn’t provide the best range of all the products we reviewed but still good enough for most uses.

#8. FeBite MX3 Pro

[Updated] FeBite MX3 Pro 2.4G Kodi Remote with Backlit Mini Wireless Keyboard Mouse Air Control for Android Smart TV Box IPTV HTPC Mini PC Compatible with Windows iOS MAC Linux PS3 Xbox One 360
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[Updated] FeBite MX3 Pro 2.4G Kodi Remote with Backlit Mini Wireless Keyboard Mouse Air Control for Android Smart TV Box IPTV HTPC Mini PC Compatible with Windows iOS MAC Linux PS3 Xbox One 360
  • Multifunction, Wireless Mini Keyboard & IR remote & Fly Mouse Combo, with USB interface receiver Note [there is a key for backlit switch, it's right next number 9 in the remote side]
  • It supports Android iOS Windows Linux Mac OS. Compatible with Google Android Smart TV/Box, IPTV, Networked set-top Box, Mini PC, HTPC, Windows ,MAC OS,PS3, Projector etc
  • Use it to easily input text, browse the internet and play games with a unified keyboard and remote. You never have to leave the couch.
We’ll be honest here, we find the FeBite's design quite boring. Its edges are a bit rough and the remote doesn’t fit into your palm as nicely as other devices. However, it provides a very extensive feature set. You get a fully backlit keyboard and front buttons as well as air-mouse functionality. One thing we love is how the backlight adapts to whichever side is on top, helping to save power. With Android specific buttons such as home and back, this is an ideal remote for your Kodi box.

As this remote is battery powered, be sure to order some AAA batteries as none are included.

Navigating your Kodi box has never been easier with these high-quality remote controls. If you are a heavy typer and looking for something a little more spacious, check out our review of the best wireless keyboards for Kodi Android boxes. Let us know in the comments below if you use one of these devices or if we missed a contender for the top spots!

 

Last update on 2017-12-15 at 18:25 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API

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