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Sturdy and comfortable in the hand.
You're kids won't easily break this one.
Basic programming of a standard entertainment system can be done in less than an hour.
The color LCD screen and backlit buttons make it great to use in the dark.
Cool reddish backlight perfect for nighttime navigation.
No computer or web connection needed for operation.
No charging cradle required.
Fairly intuitive button layout and ergonomic design allow for one hand eyes off operation.
Uses AA batteries, rather than a Lithium ion rechargeable battery.
No user manual means gizmo novices might get lost in the setup.
$150 price point isn't super pricey, but then its not the cheapest universal remote out there.
A little tricky to set it up to control multiple devices at once.
Remote takes itself out of setup mode (losing any pending settings for a device) after a brief idle time.
Default illumination time of button backlight is too short.
Doesn't work with Bluetooth devices, such as Sony PS3.
By RegHardware on October 16, 2009
A satisfactory performer, with some helpful time saving functions, particularly during basic setup. There are also some other sensible add-ons, like a ‘sofa’ function which senses when the product is stuffed down the side and is having all...
By Home Theater Review on March 11, 2009
The Universal Remote Control R50 can put you more in control of your home theater equipment, and for a lot less money than a professionally programmed system. It's a good-looking piece of gear that will compliment the glossy black look of newer...
By Wired on February 10, 2009
Now that HDTVs and surround sound systems have conquered our living rooms, it takes a handful of handhelds just to fire up a movie. But with a single universal remote, you can consolidate an army of controls into one device to rule them all. While...
By E-Gear on February 03, 2009
Theses days it’s easy to feel like your life is spiraling out of control. No, I’m not referring to your credit card bills, your 401K or your ungrateful kids. I’m taking about your home theater system. Getting the TV, the receiver,...
By Remote Central on January 19, 2009
The mid-priced Digital R50 updates the esteemed MX-500 with a bright color LCD screen, a more modern design and even more versatility. It controls 18 devices, includes a preprogrammed code database, complete infrared learning, tons of macros,...
By Big Picture Big Sound on December 19, 2008
For those who arent comfortable or simply dont like the idea of using a computer to program their universal remote control, the URCs R50 provides a reasonable alternative to Logitechs Harmony series of universal remotes. The R50s comfortable...
By Digital Trends on December 05, 2008
Overall, the URC Digital R50 is a refreshing change of pace. It’s nice to be able to find everything you need already preprogrammed into the remote control, rather than having to drag out your laptop, or worse, dragging the R50 to your desktop...
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