By Andrew Liszewski
If there was one thing that could trump the calculator watch when it comes to bestowing nerd cred on its wearer, I’d have to say it’s the TV remote watch. But at least having a calculator built into a watch was a handy feature at one time, before cellphones became as prevalent as they are today. At no point in time have humans ever needed a TV remote control strapped to their wrists. Not for functional reasons, and based on the models I’ve seen throughout the years, not for fashion reasons.
Now I will give this particular TV remote watch credit for mixing things up in the design department. Its stainless steel bezel and faux-leather strap make it look slightly more appealing than the models Casio was known for, but not by much. It could definitely benefit from NOT having the words ‘REMOTE CONTROL WATCH’ emblazoned just below the display, and apparently the makers don’t realize that a Tachymeter scale around the bezel is only really useful on an analog watch. But to its credit it can be easily set to control any IR-equipped home theater device using only a 3-digit code, and the buttons on either side provide control over the basic remote necessities. $99.95 from Hammacher Schlemmer.