"Buy this remote!"4.0 starson by hoomook
Pros: - incredibly flexible macro programming
- learning feature
- powerful IR blaster
- good ergonomics
Cons: -when programming devices you can't test all of your buttons to ensure you can access the features most important to you
Summary: I have a problem with this excerpt from the review:They did cover the pause button in the review. They just omitted the push and hold feature.
"The other problem we had was that you can't create a new soft button (onscreen) while in macro mode. Instead, we had to create a fake device or function first, and then assign the macro to it thereafter. The fact that we had to hack that process together was an oversight in the R50's otherwise-straightforward setup routine."
Although this is a great work around you don't have to do this. A major exclusion from this review is creating push and hold macros. If you are programming a macro and make the pause button your 1st step this inserts a .5 second delay; every press of the pause button will add another .5 seconds.
If you program a macro in this manner on one of your device buttons this will create a dual purpose button. If you just depress the button you bring up the device page BUT if you press and hold the button it will activate the macro. This is great b/c you don't have to create fake devices and you can easily access your device w/out activating the macro.
There's a more detailed review of the R50 at remotecentral dot com
Updated on Apr 9, 2009