Universal URC-R50

  • Universal URC-R50
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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.


  • Uses AA batteries, rather than a Lithium ion rechargeable battery.
  • No user manual means gizmo novices might get lost in the setup.

Expert reviews and ratings

By RegHardware on 70

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 90

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 80

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

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

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 75

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 85

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...