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Pros: VERY capable universal remote. In just a matter of a few minutes, it was up and running replacing 6 remotes. It really gives full emulation too. Even the most obscure buttons are available. "Activities" functions allow quick transitions between, say, watching TV or switching to a PC secondary display or listening to the radio. The "MyHarmony" computer software makes it super easy to configure devices via a USB connection. Just enter the MFR and Model of the box you want to control, download to the remote and your done. It has a 'tip' sensor so it can detect when you pick it up and it turns itself on/off automatically. The LCD screen and 'soft' buttons are really handy for exposing lots of obscure button functions in a menu. You can assign any function to just about any key on the remote. If a function isn't listed from the database, you can teach this remote from the original remote and you're back in action.
Cons: While the software makes configuring the remote easy, it requires an internet connection. It would be better if it was 'stand alone' with an opportunity to update over the net only if necessary. This isn't a problem for me though. Another con, though not serious, is a relatively flat and thin design near the front or tip, while it's round and thick in the back. I find this odd, constantly changing shape feels rather clumsy in my hand. I'll probably get used to it though. With an LCD screen on-board, I'm curious how long the two AA batteries will last.
Other Thoughts: Did I say "WOW!" ? This thing picked up every single function on my Comcast Motorolla DCX3200-M cable box, an OPPO BD player, a Yamaha tuner-receiver, a Sangean HD radio, a Panasonic DVD player, and a Samsung smart TV. You can control each device individually, or as a group based on 'activity'. I'm very impressed, even with only a few hours use. Well worth the pittance spent, assuming it doesn't fail anytime soon. ;-)
Reviewed By:PATRICK B.,4/20/2016 9:00:14 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product 1 day to 1 week.
Some buttons stopped working, Win Media Center DVR Remote
Pros: Compact controller, nice button layout. Receiver works as well as my original Dell/Microsoft receiver. I really liked this remote.
Cons: Remote has a limited range of about 10 feet; beyond that, it seems to be hit or miss. Play and Pause buttons stopped working after about one year of use. I use the pause button frequently while watching TV, so this remote is nearly worthless now. Green WMC button also stopped working, but I could live without that one.
Other Thoughts: Purchased it Aug 2014, started using it April 2015 (when I finally cut the cord on satellite TV.) Buttons failed March 2016. Would have purchased another of this same remote, but it is no longer offered. The death of WMC might be to blame for this one.
Reviewed By:Matthew C.,3/6/2016 2:47:15 PM
This reviewer reports that his/her technical understanding of this type of product is and has owned this product more than 1 year.