The Siri Remote fits in your hand well and the touchpad is responsive (sometime a little too responsive).
Unfortunately there are quite a few things we don’t really like about the Siri Remote, and these features can be seen to hold back the Apple TV experience. Probably top of the list is the fact that entering passwords and search terms using the trackpad and the onscreen keyboard is painfully frustrating.
Entering a password also highlights another issue with the Siri Remote: swiping on the trackpad can be a little tiring on the finger, although you can use Siri to spell out your password if nobody else is around.
It’s not all bad, however, for example you might be thinking that the Siri Remote has a lot of wasted space, the track pad could have been bigger if the buttons were further down, but this design allows the remote to sit comfortably in your hand.
You’ll also be glad that the main controls are central if you are holding the remote horizontally for gaming.
Whatever the failings of the Siri Remote, you will get more out of it if you know which button to use when. To avoid the frustration of pressing the wrong buttons, here’s a guide to the buttons on the Siri Remote.
You can also use your iPhone to control an Apple TV using the Apple TV remote control built into iOS, handy if you have lost your Apple TV remote! Find out more here: How to remote control Apple TV with iPhone.