sofabaton X1 vs U1

Sofabaton X1 vs U1 & U2: 2024 Remote Smackdown!

In Comparisons by Tim Brennan

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The Difference Between X1 and U1 & U2

Since Logitech said it will stop making Harmony remotes last year, there hasn’t been anyone that even comes close to measuring up in the universal remote space. That is, until now.

sofabaton X1 vs U1As someone who has been blogging about remotes for the past few years, I don’t think I have been more excited about new remotes than I am about these two remotes from Sofabaton.

While the U1 has been around for a while, the new X1 remote is next level and in some respects is even better than Harmony.

But how do these two remotes stack up against each other?

Here’s the short version:

Sofabaton X1 remote is more compact, has a larger LCD screen, and supports Wi-Fi and Bluetooth devices as well as RF and IR devices that U1 solely supports. X1 also supports Alexa and Google Assistant and controls Philips Hue and Sonos; U1 does not. Both remotes have one-button “activities” that can run a sequence of commands.

There are also some other key technical differences like battery life that I will go into more detail about below.

On that note, let me start with a key specifications comparison table and then we’ll get into some of the pros and cons of each remote.


Sofabaton X1 vs U1 & U2: Comparison Table

The following table compares key Sofabaton X1 vs U1 & U2 features side by side.

Editor's Choice
Sofabaton X1: Outstanding Remote for Smart Home & Entertainment
Solid Runner Up
Sofabaton U1: Solid Home Theater Budget Option
SofaBaton X1 Universal Remote Control with Hub & APP, Smart Remote with One-Touch Activities, Compatible with Alexa for Voice Control, Control up to 60 Entertainment IR/Bluetooth Devices
SofaBaton U1 Universal Remote with OLED Display and Smartphone APP, All in One Universal Remote Control for up to 15 Entertainment Devices, Compatible with Smart TVs/DVD/STB/Projector so on
Controls Home Theater Devices
Controls Smart Home
Supported Devices
500,000 devices from 5,000 brands
500,000 devices from 5,000 brands
Device Limit
60
15
One Button Activities like Watch Apple TV or Watch Cable TV
Voice Assistants
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Battery Type
Lithium-Ion Polymer
2 AA (included)
Backlit Buttons
Battery Life
60 hours on a single charge
About 30 hours
Closed Cabinet Control (via IR Blasters)
Package Dimensions
9.06 x 5.47 x 2.72 inches
7.7 x 1.9 x 1.2 inches
Warranty
One Year
One year
$169.99
$39.99
Editor's Choice
Sofabaton X1: Outstanding Remote for Smart Home & Entertainment
SofaBaton X1 Universal Remote Control with Hub & APP, Smart Remote with One-Touch Activities, Compatible with Alexa for Voice Control, Control up to 60 Entertainment IR/Bluetooth Devices
Controls Home Theater Devices
Controls Smart Home
Supported Devices
500,000 devices from 5,000 brands
Device Limit
60
One Button Activities like Watch Apple TV or Watch Cable TV
Voice Assistants
Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant
Battery Type
Lithium-Ion Polymer
Backlit Buttons
Battery Life
60 hours on a single charge
Closed Cabinet Control (via IR Blasters)
Package Dimensions
9.06 x 5.47 x 2.72 inches
Warranty
One Year
$169.99
Solid Runner Up
Sofabaton U1: Solid Home Theater Budget Option
SofaBaton U1 Universal Remote with OLED Display and Smartphone APP, All in One Universal Remote Control for up to 15 Entertainment Devices, Compatible with Smart TVs/DVD/STB/Projector so on
Controls Home Theater Devices
Controls Smart Home
Supported Devices
500,000 devices from 5,000 brands
Device Limit
15
One Button Activities like Watch Apple TV or Watch Cable TV
Voice Assistants
Battery Type
2 AA (included)
Backlit Buttons
Battery Life
About 30 hours
Closed Cabinet Control (via IR Blasters)
Package Dimensions
7.7 x 1.9 x 1.2 inches
Warranty
One year
$39.99

Last update on 04/22/2024 / Affiliate links / Images from Amazon Product Advertising API


Sofabaton X1

Now that Logitech Harmony has stopped making remotes, the SofaBaton X1 is the best consumer-focused universal remote control that you can buy today in my opinion.

This all-in-one remote can be used to control your entire home theater system—including your TV, multiple streaming devices, sound bar, A/V receiver—and even smart devices like Philips Hue lights and Sonos speakers.

Right alongside Logitech Harmony, the X1 is one of the most capable remotes I have ever tested. The company claims it can be used to control over 500,000 infrared and Bluetooth devices from 5000 brands. Wow. Talk about compatibility. Support for all those devices means that the X1 remote is likely compatible with most (if not all) of the devices that you own today.

You can even customize the activity buttons on the remote to do things like dim the lights and turn off the music when you want to watch TV.

The X1 also comes with two IR blasters which allow you to control the devices inside of closed cabinets This is so line of sight is not required to control devices in your entertainment center. You won’t likely need to use the blasters though as the range is excellent especially when it comes to controlling your Bluetooth devices like streaming media players.

Editor’s Note: The company had some problems with the early release version of this remote, which drove down reviews on some sites like Amazon and others.  The engineers at Sofabaton have been working hard to address these issues and the latest versions are much, much better with many of the kinks now ironed out.

As a Pro Tip, I strongly recommend that you download the latest firmware updates after buying this which will ensure you have the latest device software containing the improvements.

Pros

  • Amazing battery life at 60 day on a full charge! (Dear Sofabaton, please call Apple and help them out!)
  •  Can be used to control a generous 60 devices, this is 45 more devices than the best Harmony consumer remote allowed
  •  Like the U1, supports activities for multiple commands
  •  Works with both Alexa and Google Assistant for Voice Control
  •  Controls Philips Hue and Sonos speakers in addition to home theater stuff
  •  Backlit buttons make it easy to see in the dark
  •  Find lost remote feature makes remote chirp when you click a button on Hub

Cons

  •  I have had limited luck with getting the remote to learn some of my obscure remotes
  •  Can’t learn from Harmony (yet) which would be super cool
  •  Smart home control is currently limited to Hue and Sonos but I expect more devices to come online soon
  •  Display is not a touchscreen
  •  No haptic feedback

📚 Related: My Full Sofabaton X1 Review

Video Review

  Video Credit: Tec Timmy

Editor's Choice
SofaBaton X1 – 10% Discount Applied at Checkout!
$189.99 $169.99

Sofabaton X1 will let you control up to 60 devices from top brands. It features backlit buttons, one-click actions for multiple devices, a long-lasting rechargeable battery, and a cool LCD screen. This is the best universal remote out there right now.

Buy at Amazon
03/05/2024 12:00 pm GMT

Sofabaton U1

Looking to consolidate multiple remote controls down to one? The Sofabaton U1 universal remote may be just what the doctor ordered.

You can use it to consolidate the remotes for your Smart TV, Apple TV, Roku player, Fire TV, DVD player as well as many other Bluetooth devices.

This advanced “learning” remote can control up to 15 devices and includes an OLED display and scroll wheel for easy navigation. Plus, there’s a Smartphone APP for easy set up and you can also use the app as a backup remote control on your smartphone.

Compatible with 500,000 devices from 6,000 brands, the Sofabaton U1 is an outstanding remote to help you get your home entertainment system under control. Issue multiple commands via one macro button for ultimate convenience. For example, you can program a watch Apple TV option to automatically turn on your LG TV (if it is off), switch to the right input for Apple TV, launch Apple TV and even fire up your soundbar or surround sound set up.

📚 Related: Sofabaton U1 Technical Specifications

The U1 will not control your smart devices like Hue lights on Sonos speakers however. It will also not work with Amazon Alexa or Google Assistant for voice control. You would need to upgrade to the X1 to get these capabilities. More on that below.

Pros

  •  Solid affordable remote control that lets you control up to 15 devices
  •  Most likely works with devices you own today
  •  Smartphone app for easy set up (many are saying much easier than the Logitech Harmony setup processs)
  •  App doubles as a back up remote you can use on your phone
  •  Activities like “Watch Netflix” can be setup to power on multiple devices

Cons

  •  Control is limited to RF and some Bluetooth devices
  •  Can’t control smart home stuff like Hue lights and Sonos speakers
  •  Battery life not as good as X1
  •  Does not integrate with Alexa or Google Assistant

Video Review

The following video from A-HIT does a nice job by going over what the Sofabaton U1 has to offer:

Best Budget Universal
SofaBaton U1 Universal Remote
$69.99 $49.99
  • 【U1 Universal Remote & Replaces 15 Other Remotes】This unique remote control supports 500,000+ devices from 6000+ brands. You can use it to control up to 15 of your favorite devices so say goodbye to all those remotes on your coffee table..
  • 【App One-Touch Set Up】You use the SofaBaton app for setup, so no need for remote control codes. You can also create one-button macros to fire up multiple devices with a single-button push.
See It At Amazon
03/04/2024 08:00 am GMT

Similarities and Differences

In comparing Sofabaton X1 vs U1 here are the key similarities and differences between these two remotes.

Sofabaton X1 vs U1: Similarities

  • They will both control over 500,000 devices from 5,000 brands.
  • Set up is the same for both remotes via the Sofabaton app.
  • Both products will let you use the app as an alternate remote.
  • Both remotes support one-button macro activities that let you execute multiple commands with a single button push.
  • Both have an LCD screen that is display only (no touch screen).
  • Both remotes have an IR learning remote, where they can learn from an existing remote during setup.
  • Both can control devices behind cabinets.

Sofabaton X1 vs U1: Key Differences

  • The X1 remote is significantly smaller with fewer buttons.
  • The X1 ships with a separate hub.
  • While U1 supports IR and Bluetooth devices, the X1 also supports wireless devices.
  • The X1 will let you control up to IR/RF 60 devices, where you are limited to 15 devices on the U1.
  • Battery life in the X1 is better.
  • Only the X1 will will let you control Hue lights and Sonos speakers.
  • Only the X1 has backlit buttons.
  • Only the X1 works with Google and Alexa for voice control.

📚 Related: Sofabaton Vs Harmony: How U1 & X1 Compare


What’s in the Box

sofabaton x1 and u1

My New in the Box X1 and U1


Sofabaton X1

  • X1 Remote
  • X1 Hub
  • Two IR blasters
  • Power cord
  • Documentation: Welcome card and Instruction Manual

Sofabaton U1

  • U1 Remote
  • Documentation: Quick Start Guide
  • Two AA batteries (included in remote)

📚 Related: Sofabaton U1 vs U2

X1 Unboxing

Thanks to my boy Hollywoodfrodo for the stellar X1 unboxing video.

U1 Unboxing

RodrickViews does a nice job in this unboxing video of the U1


Final Analysis

My final thoughts about the Sofabaton X1 vs U1 remotes are this:

While the X1 is not cheap, it is the best consumer remote available at the time of this writing. If you can afford it, go with the X1. Since the technology behind the Hub lives in the Cloud, this remote is only going to get better with time.  I see it being able to support more smart devices than Philips Hue and Sonos in the not-too-distance future.  I also love that it works with Alexa for voice control.

If the X1’s price tag makes you a bit skittish, the U1 is a viable alternative. You just need to know that control is going to be limited to your home theater devices. Also, a few customers have complained the Bluetooth devices can sometimes lose the connection and have to be remapped.

I have not experienced this yet but I can see how that could be annoying.  Apart from these limitations, this is a very worthy remote. I am going to go out on a limb here and say that both of these remotes are even better than Harmony in some ways (e.g., the setup process is much easier).  It’s nice that we now have these two options on the road ahead as we look at Logitech Harmony in the rearview mirror.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Tim Brennan

Tim Brennan is a technology blogger and hosts the @TecTimmy YouTube channel. He writes about smart homes at oneSmartcrib, home theaters at UniversalRemoteReviews, and AI in writing at Writeinteractive. A graduate of Northeastern University School of Journalism, he has written about technology for 30 years. Tim lives on the ocean in Nahant, Massachusetts.


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