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URC Digital R50 Universal Infrared Remote Control

  • Universal
  • Range 30 - 50 feet
  • AA x 4 (included)
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The R50, makes it easy for your whole family to enjoy the Home Entertainment System and controls up to 18 components. It features a large, color LCD and provides a Setup Wizard right on the LCD screen for quick & easy configuration. Simply answer a few questions no Internet or PC required. And it has thousands of built-in control codes to assure full control of your components. The R50 is designed to be set-up by anyone no professional installer is needed. And set-up does not require any special knowledge of computers, programming or AV equipment.


Learn more about the Universal Remote Control Digital R50

General

Brand
URC
Model
Digital R50

Features

Features
MacroPower press one button, turns on components.

Dynamic SimpleSound technology.

Pre-Programmed and Learning feature.

Setup Wizard on remote screen

48 My Favorite Channels

Powerful Ergonomics

Macro Capabilities: 1,500 macro buttons (up to 255 steps each)

Memory: Non-Volatile Flash Memory 32 MB

Specifications

Type
Universal
Display
Color LCD
Range
30 - 50 feet
Wireless Technology
Infrared
Learning
Learning Capabilities: up to 1500 Buttons Standard frequencies (15kHz to 100kHz)
Programmable
Yes
Battery Type
AA x 4 (included)

Dimensions & Weight

Dimensions
2.3" x 8.9" x 1.1"
Weight
0.55 lbs. (w/ batteries)

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
1 year limited
Labor
1 year limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 1 year
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year


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  • Aaron G.
  • 12/7/2011 2:17:47 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsUpdate six months later

Pros: - Price has dropped $18 since I purchased in May 2011, that's about 20%, nice.
- Tons of memory for learned buttons (URC claims 1600 buttons), and tons of devices (up to 18) can be programmed.
- Practically unlimited macro capabilities.

Cons: - After six months, still have not gotten used to the awkward buttons mentioned in my initial review. They're still just as clumsy and frustrating to use as ever. The directional pad on this remote is the worst I've ever used.
- Having to turn on the LCD screen before any soft buttons will work is still just as annoying.
- Battery life is really not significantly longer than MX500 despite using 4xAA rather than 4xAAA. We used our MX500 as our only remote daily and it got three-four months of battery life. The MX500 we only use sporadically (use our Tivo remote 90% of the time) and still only got six months out of it. If we used it as much as the MX500 I believe battery life would be less than MX500, very disappointing considering AA normally have about three times the capacity of AAA.

Other Thoughts: Although the 20% price drop is very tempting, don't be lured into buying this remote for your primary control!! While the value is excellent as far as the available memory, macros, devices, and button set, the ergonomics completely ruin what could be an exemplary product. If I still had the ability to return it I absolutely would, I dislike it that much. I never did get another MX500 as I suggested earlier, because I found the backlit learning Tivo remote on sale for $20. It only learns a few functions, but enough to control the volume on our Onkyo receiver, which is all we need 90% of the time. I just discovered the URC WR7, also around $20 (discontinued here at the Egg but available elsewhere). It's got FAR better ergonomics than any of the more expensive URC remotes (save the MX500 at four times the price), and looks like it has all we'll need. This R50 will be relegated to our secondary remote and repository of learned codes, in case our original remotes stop working.

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  • Aaron G.
  • 6/23/2011 4:33:06 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNo MX500, but very capable.

Pros: - Good price (half what MX500 went for)
- Good button arrangement and assortment
- Fully backlit red buttons (better on the eyes than blue/white) and screen has adjustable brightness
- Easy, though somewhat tedious, learning process and label editing (for devices and 'soft' buttons next to LCD screen)
- Uses AA batteries, should last much longer than AAA at the same price
- Has dedicated Menu/Guide/Info/Exit buttons (MX500 did not)

Cons: - Ergonomics of primary functions poor, including volume, channel, FF/RW, Skip, and Stop/Record. All these buttons are sunk below level of other buttons and most are oddly shaped, hard to operate
- Directional pad in center very poorly designed, not raised or contoured at all and too small space between center select and outer ring buttons, difficult to use
- Light button on side extremely difficult to press, pretty much a two-handed operation
- Only six 'soft' buttons next to the LCD screen, MX500 had ten. Though in fairness, this makes it slightly easier to operate by touch
- Soft buttons next to LCD screen only work when screen is active, and screen does not stay on like MX500 screen did. So, to operate any soft buttons, it requires to button presses

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace an MX500 whose backlight failed - though it still works otherwise. The ergonomics are much poorer than the MX500, which is very disappointing. On the MX500, only ONE button was difficult to use, the select inside the directional pad. And almost everything could be done one handed. On the R50, all the most used controls, including Volume, Channel, FF/RW, Skip, and Stop/Rec are difficult to use because they are recessed as well as either oddly shaped or too small/crowded. You do get used to it, but after almost a month, It's still not as nice to operate as the MX500 and never will be. I still am considering just getting another MX500. There are some upsides, namely the dedicated Menu/Guide/Info/Exit buttons, pretty much the only reason I am considering keeping it. Without that the only upside would be the batteries and the lighting. The screen is nicer with two line labels for your devices and soft keys. Think hard before buying this if you have an MX500.

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