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URC R40 "My Favorite Remote" Advanced Universal Remote Control for up to 18 A/V Components

by URC
114 customer reviews
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  • Favorite channels are organized into four groups of News, Sports, Movies and Music.
  • On-Screen wizard for easy setup requires no internet or PC.
  • Fun for entire family to use.
  • Learning capable.
  • OLED screen is brighter, lighter and gives long battery life.

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: URC
  • Model Number: R40
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Display: OLED
  • Item Display Weight: 0.55 pounds

Product Description

Product Description

Exciting new remote that programs via an On-Screen Wizard with no need for internet or PC. Quick and easy to set up. The perfect remote for the entire family. Organize your favorites into four categories of Sports, Movies, News and Music. Operates virtually all brands of home theater devices. All buttons light up for use in dim lighting. Learning capable. MacroPower makes several devices work together by pressing one button. SimpleSound gives total volume control over all the components. Color OLED screen that is light weight, bright and has long battery life. Low battery warning feature. One year USA limited warranty. USA based tech support. Batteries included.

From the Manufacturer

Experience the convenience of My Favorite Remote from URC, a pre-programmed learning remote that controls up to 18 devices, with quick and easy programming via an on-screen wizard. With a 1.5" color OLED screen, custom URC technologies like MacroPower and SimpleSound, and support for virtually all brands of Audio, TV, DVD, VCR, Cable and Satellite, you can replace all your existing home theater remotes and get your home theater under control with the easy-to-use URC My Favorite Remote.

The URC My Favorite Remote
Quick and easy programming via the on-screen wizard. View larger
Organize Your Channels with Favorites

The Favorites feature of the My Favorite Remote lets you organize your most-watched channels into four groups with color icons, such as Sports, Movies, News, and Music. There are over 150 icons to choose from, plus color blocks and text. Now it's simple to organize the channels you watch the most, go straight to what you want to watch with one click, or browse what's on by what you're in the mood for.

The URC My Favorite Remote
Easily see the most frequently used devices in your home theater. View larger

The URC My Favorite Remote
Access your favorite channels with just one touch. View larger
Learning Function Means Your Remote Is Never Obsolete

If you have a component that's not in the My Favorite Remote's database, you can use the learning feature to learn each of the commands you need from the component's own remote--so your remote is never obsolete.

Simply set the remotes about an inch apart pointed at each other (head to head), then when the My Favorite Remote says "READY", press and hold the button on the original remote for the command you want to teach. Release it when the R40 says "GOOD". Now your universal remote can grow with your home theater.

MacroPower Makes Controlling Your Home Theater Simple

Forget the hassle of powering each component in your home theater on and off. Wouldn't it be easier to simply press MAIN, then OFF and watch all of your devices turn off, one after another? That's what a macro does. You specify that when a particular button is pressed, a whole sequence of commands goes out, one at a time. Using URC's MacroPower, the My Favorite Remote can record up to 255 steps to a single button to make controlling your home theater as easy as possible.

OLED Screen for Clearer Images and Longer Battery Life

The My Favorite Remote's embedded 1.5" OLED screen is a first for universal remotes. This latest display technology offers brighter images and faster reaction to button presses, and gives the remote itself a lighter overall weight and a longer battery life.

Easy Menu Navigation

When you press the MAIN button, you can see the most frequently used devices in your home theater. Press either of the PAGE buttons to see any other available choices, or press any of the Screen buttons to select the device displayed on the screen.

Once you've selected the device you want to operate, the title bar displays the custom title you create for the device. Press either of the PAGE buttons to see other Screen buttons for your device. Any of the buttons can be custom labeled for convenience.

Three Types of Setup for Total Control

From your remote's screen you can select from three setup options. Choose Quick Setup to simply add a new device, or choose Advanced to add a device using codes, review current device codes, learn codes from another remote, copy functions from one device to another, create macros and favorite channels, edit and relocate buttons, and erase functions.

A System setup menu lets you adjust settings for the OLED screen, button backlighting, and low battery warning as well as view memory usage.

Simple Sound

URC's Simple Sound technology means the Volume and Mute buttons always control the sound regardless of what screen is displayed. The My Favorite Remote will use Copy and Paste to copy the commands from your TV or Audio system to the Volume and Mute buttons on all of your other devices.

Technical Specifications

  • Microprocessor: ARM 7
  • OLED Screen: 1.5" PMOLED (128 X 128 Pixels)
  • Memory: 32 Megabits of Flash Memory
  • Component Support: Up to 18 devices
  • Learning Capability: Standard frequencies (15kHz to 460kHz)
  • Macro Capability: Up to 255 steps each
  • IR Range (Line of Sight via Infrared): 30-50 feet depending on environment
  • Weight: 6.9 ounces (with battery loaded)
  • Size: 8" H x 2.25" W x 1.25" D
  • Batteries: Four AA Alkaline Batteries (included)
  • Battery Life: 18 Hours of continuous button pressing with backlighting and LCD ON (months of use for most users)

Which URC Remote is Right for You?

Universal Remote Control SR3 A6 WR7 RFS200 R40 R50
SR3 A6 WR7 RFS200 R40 R50
How Many Components Can It Control? Up to 3
TV and DVD Components
Up to 6
A/V Components
Up to 7
A/V Components
Up to 10
A/V Components
Up to 18
A/V Components
Up to 18
A/V Components
MacroPower Single Button Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Pre-Programmed and Learning Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Fast & Easy "Quick Setup" Yes Yes Yes Yes
Setup Wizard Yes Yes
SimpleSound Total Volume Control Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Backlit Keys Yes
*device keys only
*device keys only
Yes Yes Yes Yes
"My Favorites" Channels 4 4 4 48 48 48
Built-in Display Backlit LCD Color OLED Color LCD
"Barrier Free" RF Control Yes

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 2.1 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches ; 4.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B004UKRRD4
  • Item model number: R40
  • Batteries 4 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (114 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at April 28, 2011

Customer Reviews

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91 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Brian R. TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 6, 2011
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Quick Summary:
This remote is just as much if not more capable than similar remotes like the Logitech Harmony series. Basic programming is easy and requires no PC or internet connection. However, while it has greater advanced programming capabilities compared to many Harmony remotes, it comes at a price. The lack of software and some menu quirks means you kind of have to know what you're doing - or at least be willing to learn through trial and error. Excellent quality, excellent screen, I'd buy this remote over a Harmony.

Long Review:
URC has been making great remotes for years. If you haven't heard of the brand, just know that they're well established and in my experience of owning 2 other remotes in addition to this one, they have been durable over the course of many years. I also own a Logitech Harmony 880 remote control and can compare the two directly.

The URC R40 is similar to Logitech Harmony remotes - it augments hard buttons by using an LCD screen which displays options next to the buttons. This allows many customized features for many different remotes. Like the Harmony, you can program it to control all your equipment, learn buttons that you can't find codes for, as well as make it perform smart tasks like turning all your equipment on, off, changing to the right channel when playing a DVD or a video game, etc.

The difference between the R40 and Harmony remotes is that the R40 doesn't use the computer to do any of this. So while you don't get a full-featured program to help you through the options, you are not dependant on USB cables, the logitech website, or any external source.
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56 of 59 people found the following review helpful By utche96 on November 25, 2012
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This remote replaced my sentimental favorite but now obsolete MX500. I was so happy with the R40 until I noticed the same issue that others have pointed out - certain keys will lose their program. It seems to occur on the key adjacent to the one being programmed. So disappointed with URC as this bug has been reported for some time yet they have not fixed it. I will send this lemon back tomorrow and go with a Logitech remote most likely. URC, you are dead to me.

UPDATE Nov 30, 2012: Well, I liked the remote so much except for the one annoying problem that I thought to give URC a chance to fix it. So I call up their technical support with guarded optimism. After being placed on hold for 20 mins, I finally got a representative who seemed mildly annoyed that I was bothering him with this problem. I had to endure his arrogant comments about how I was "probably doing something wrong" before he had done a modicum of research. I referred him to reviews on Amazon and feedback on other A/V websites but of course he wasn't interested. The ironic part is that he was able to verify the bug using his remote. His solution was to take my phone number so a "senior" technician could call me back. It has been several days yet no call ever came. Unbelievable!!! How many times does a major product bug have to be reported to a manufacturer until they fix it or at least educate their technical support about it? Even though I tried numerous workarounds that did not work, I finally decided to send the remote back to Amazon who did a great job with the refund as always.

I decided to purchase the Logitech Harmony One and I am SO much more happy. The set-up was so much easier, and I love the interface. Take it from a long time URC user - Logitech has them beat. I would never purchase another URC product after this nightmare.
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52 of 56 people found the following review helpful By Frank on August 5, 2012
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This remote has the potential to be better than anything else out there in the consumer learning remote market. Unfortunately, it has a very annoying problem. This problem has been known for at least a year since I read about it in reviews before purchasing. Surely, I thought, they've fixed it by now. Unfortunately, no, they haven't. The problem is this: when you learn a button from another remote, the next button gets erased. At first I thought they had fixed it since I didn't seem to have the problem. However, a few days in I noticed one of the buttons didn't work. I relearned it. Check the next button and sure enough it's not working. This went on and on until I had literally relearned all the buttons from the menu button down. What happens if I need to change one of the buttons in the future? I'll have to relearn the entire thing again? Ugh, what a pain in the butt. This highly annoying problem turns this 5 star remote into 2 stars. I'm still deciding whether to return it or not.

11/11/2012 - I am updating this review. Due to the bug I noted above, I go out of my way *not* to program this remote. I needed to finally add in my xbox to it's programming. I got it to work, but go figure now my main macro no longer works. I go in to edit it, and it's completely messed up. It lists the same command over and over and no amount of deleting and adding commands fixes it. The only way to fix it is to do a factory reset. This remote's firmware is buggy, and it makes this remote SUCK! Down to 1 star.

03/20/2013 - I called URC, and this is now a known problem with a batch of the remotes. If your remote has this problem, call URC and give them the serial number of the remote. They will give you an RMA and you can send in your remote for a new one.
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