• The R50 is 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.
• Button layout is smart, and buttons are differentiated by size and shape.
• The Universal Remote R50 uses AA batteries, rather than a Lithium ion rechargeable battery.
• Macros, while possible, take a long time to program, and the on-screen directions don't provide enough help.
• Response time from button presses can be slightly slower than your components' original remotes, making things like DVR control a little less precise.
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 flat-screen TVs and Blu-ray players, plus the color LCD screen is particularly impressive. For people who aren't interested in plugging their remote into a PC, dealing with software glitches, firmware updates and Web interfaces, the R50 is a good choice. But if those things don't bother you, and you've got a lot of gear to integrate, also give the Logitech Harmony remotes a close look.
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