Published on December 10th, 2017 | by Kirk Hiner0
Great Apple TV holiday gift ideas: Siri Remote protective cases
I’ve been slow to address the need for a protective case for my Siri Remote. I’m on my third model now with the Apple TV 4K, and I’ve never bought an accessory for the remote. Unlike my iPhones and iPods before it, after all, the Siri Remote never leaves my carpeted living room.
As with cases for your mobile devices, however, a protective case for the Siri Remote offers a couple benefits you may not have considered.
- First, the obvious benefit is that it’ll keep your remote well protected from drops on hardwood floors and (more likely) from getting scratched up inside the drawer or basket where you keep it stored.
- For those of who play games on the Apple TV, protective cases can make your Siri Remote much more comfortable to hold for prolonged gaming sessions. They also make it easier to hold, so you’re less likely to drop it.
- The hidden benefit reveals itself once you decide on a color. Many of the available models cover the large bottom area you don’t touch, so you can immediately tell where you should be swiping. So many people complained about this that Apple attempted to address it by circling the Menu button in white. If that’s a bit too subtle for you, a large splash of color should do the trick.
There are numerous Siri Remote protective cases available, most of which are comparably priced. We haven’t tried enough to tell which is the BEST, but here are a few we feel are a great place to start.
Fintie Protective Case for Apple TV 4K / 4th Gen Remote
Colors: Black, blue, green, magenta, orange, pink, purple, red, navy, mint green, glow-in-the-dark green
The unwieldily named Fintie Protective Case for Apple TV 4K / 4th Gen Remote – Casebot [Honey Comb Series] Light Weight [Anti Slip] Shock Proof Silicone Cover for Apple TV 4K Siri Remote Controller (good grief) harks back to the original days of the silicon iPod/iPhone case with its excessively bright color options and honeycomb patterned silicon protection. Whether you find that charming or an affront to the Apple design aesthetic, there’s no debating the protection it provides and the secure grip it offers.
The case has easy access to the touchpad and buttons, but the rest is comfortably protected. And before you scoff at the notion of the bright blue pictured here (or any of the other bright colors), stop to consider how often you couldn’t find your black remote against your black A/V hardware and entertainment center. In fact, you may want to check out the glow-in-the-dark option if that’s really a problem.
Elago R1 Intelli Case
Colors: Black, clear white, red, jean indigo, solid white, nightglow blue
Perhaps a more elegant solution is the Elago R1 Intelli Case. It’s also made of silicon, but the colors are more muted and the design is more minimalistic and streamlined. That means the protection and grip will be a little less substantial than with the Fintie, but still much better than using your Siri Remote naked.
The rises on each end of the back are good for gripping, but they offer another benefit as well; each contains a small magnet that will allow you to attach it to your TV (provided your TV has room for such a thing). It even comes with a lanyard, although I can’t imagine anyone would ever use it. This is a Wii Remote, after all.
Akwox Remote Case for Apple TV 4th Generation
Colors: Black and watermelon red, black and blue, black and orange, black and green, black and white
Here, then is kind of a happy medium between the Elago and Fintie cases. The Akwox Remote Case contains the minimal silicon design of the Elago, but with the brighter color options of the Fintie. The lip over the touch area may interfere with your gaming needs, so consider that before buying.
Perhaps the main appeal of this option is the fact that you get two cases with your purchase—black and the color of your choice from the options above outlined above. So, you can pick one to suit your personal tastes for everyday viewing/playing, then slip on the black model for a romantic movie night or a round of golf with your boss.
There are other options available for your Siri Remote protection, and you may want to investigate those as well. Don’t spend too much time, however…if you’re looking for a unique gift idea for an Apple TV owner, any of these Siri Remote cases would make a great, affordable stocking stuffer.