• The remote offers activity macros like Watch TV, Watch Movie, Hello, and Goodnight.
• It supports both IR and RF control, with the optional RF Extender.
• The remote includes some useful hard buttons you don't find elsewhere, such as List and Input.
• The Xsight Touch's IR response was quicker than that of other universal remotes I've used.
• The EZ-RC software is not Mac-compatible, and it's not as user-friendly as the Harmony system.
• The LCD touchscreen is limited in its configurability. If you want to precisely tailor pages and button shapes/layouts, you'll need a more advanced touchscreen remote.
• The optional RF Extender was occasionally sluggish and required some tweaking to correctly control some of my devices.
The Xsight Touch is a well-designed universal remote that can accommodate a variety of systems and users. This remote ably walks a difficult line: It offers enough programming functionality to suit more advanced needs (as long as you're a PC user), yet the simple remote-guided setup makes it a great choice for the average consumer who just wants to replace three or four component remotes without a lot of programming hassle. Acoustic Research recently lowered the price of the Xsight Touch from $249.99 to $199.99, which makes this a very good value--especially for an RF-capable remote.
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