The R50, from US brand Universal Remote Control (URC), is a chunky A/V entertainment integrator that delivers a decent amount of functionality whilst being fairly easy to set up. While aimed more at the family market – real tech-heads might want a little more programmability and customisation – the product makes a decent fist of …
That seems quite a lot of dosh for a remote control. My PVR cost less than that, and that already has a remote...
Logitech Harmony 525
Had a Logitech Harmony 525 for a while now. It's not got the full colour display but it does only cost £50 from Amazon and cheaper if you hunt around. Fantastic bit of kit. Review here http://www.reghardware.co.uk/2008/10/30/review_universal_remote_controls/page4.html
Not suitable for the UK market...
"...a little heavy on North American options..." - where's the red/yellow/green/blue buttons that digital and Sky TV users are used to?
Controlling multiple devices?
I admit I only skimmed through the review but there doesn't seem to be any mention of the ability to control multiple devices at the same time.
e.g. I need mute, volume and any sound controls to control my surround amp, I need any picture controls (brightness, aspect etc.) to control my TV and I need the channel and menu controls to control the Sky box and I want all this to happen without changing modes.
My Logitech remote does all these things and it doesn't cost £125
No coloured buttons?
Makes it somewhat difficult to use. That's often a problem with remotes from US companies as they don't use them over there.
It also looks pretty horrible, compared to for example the harmony 885 (available for under £100) - although it has the advantage of not being bound to logitech's crappy software.
I'm another who wouldn't do without the Logitech harmony, although the 'sofa mode' would be useful!
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