"A Real Suprise"4.5 starson by jmg018
Pros: Easily interacts and controls almost any imaginable device. Easy to update and reprogram buttons to your hearts content. Well lit and comes with ability to operate the Xbox 360 out of the box.
Cons: Because it can match all the features of almost any device out there and its remote control, scrolling through several screens to find the command you want can be a bit bulky. High price for a remote
Summary: I have several high tech video components (hdtv, dvd, dvr, xbox 360.) I also have an older universal remote that I use to operate these systems. Training it to perform required lots of code entering and lining it up with other remotes infrared sensors so it could learn commmands. Even with all of this it still did not perform as well as the individual remotes did on each item. So, I am in Best Buy and I see this remote. I just got a 360, so I am turned on by the fact that it operates the AV functions of my 360 out of the box, but I am also curious about the fact that the packaging promises that it can operate every item in my Home Theatre setup. After a little inner debate, I dubiously decide to pay $130 for the item (with a $30 rebate for 360 owners,) and tell myself if it doesn't meet all of my expectations that I will bring it back.
I am here to tell you that after installing the software and connecting the unit via usb to my computer the setup was incredibly easy and intuitive. It simply required me to put in the model number of my devices. It then asked some very pertinent questions about how I use my home theatre items and began to download settings into the remote. Much to my suprise, I discovered that it flawlessly operated every component I had and actually was able to perform every function that the individual remotes for the compenents could as well. Not only that, but because it understands how I use my system, it downloaded several very hand macros onto the activities button that make any action a 1 button affair.
Ex. If I press activities and "Watch Cable", it knows to turn on the Tv to component 2, put my receiver on TV/Sat and turn on the cable box/dvr. It is amazing.
Also, I didn't quite like some of the assigned buttons for things, so I went into the program and it allowed me to reassign them to any button I wanted and immediately uploaded the changes to the remote.
I know that this is an expensive remote, but I can promise you it is a great investment. The menus are so simple, my wife now has perfect control of all of our HT components for the first time. You will not regret getting this remote.