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Acoustic Research ARRX18G XSight 18-Device Universal Learning Remote Control with Touchscreen Color Display (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Controls up to 18 devices from thousands of brands
- Easy remote-guided setup
- Color LCD touchscreen
- Dedicated on-screen activity buttons
- Contoured backlit buttons
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Acoustic Research ARRX18G Xsight Touch Universal Remote Control Perfect for home or office Makes a unique gift item for just about anyone Battery Operated (3 AA batteries) Works with devices with the following dimensions up to - 3 W x 0.75 D x 5 H (designed for flat phones and PDA's. Not designed for flip phones or sliders)
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Acoustic Research Xsight Touch Advanced Universal Remote (ARRX18G)
It's Simple. Actually, It's Really Simple.
The Xsight Touch Advanced Universal Remote will change your home entertainment experience forever. You can start using it right out of the box through the remote-guided setup on the full-color LCD touch screen. Then tap into the real power of this remote through the EZ-RC website. Expand and customize features to control your entire home theater with simple one-touch activities like Watch TV or Listen to CD. No more having to write directions for the grandparents or baby sitter. Create personalized, full-color profiles with channel favorites for Mom, Dad, and even the kids. It's that simple. Bring it home and enjoy!
So simple. So advanced. So personal.
Remote-guided setup gets you started in no time — no manual required. Control up to 18 components from thousands of brands, with support for the most up-to-date home theater functionality. The EZ-RC website provides guided online setup for powerful and personal functions including one-touch activities like Watch TV or Listen to CD for controlling your whole home theater with a single button-press. Create personal profiles (up to 6) for each family member, and even guests, through the EZ-RC website, including favorite channel icons.
It can even beautify your home.
Add the Xsight Touch RF Extender (sold separately) and control up to 6 out-of-sight devices from a range of up to 100ft. Hide the clutter and keep unsightly components behind cabinet doors or even in another room! The Xsight Touch built-in RF feature works automatically with DIRECTV RF-capable satellite receiver (no RF extender needed).
Easy to use.
Remote backlighting lets you use the Xsight Touch in any lighting environment. And its rechargeable battery lets you say goodbye to replacements, with a recharge cradle that's designed to let you use the remote even when its recharging. The remote's built-in tilt switch senses when you pick it up and automatically turns on the LCD screen for instant use. And the slider bar under the LCD screen makes going through the Xsight Touch user interface a snap.
Legal DisclaimerAny requests for refunds/returns must be made with 5 days of receipt. Buyer is responsible for costs of shipping for returns.
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Functionally I like this device a lot. It is easy to set up, user-friendly and works fine with all my devices.
To sum it up, don't buy it if you have a Windows 8 computer because of non-supported software.
Buy and enjoy its ease of use, if you have a Windows 7 or less OS.
Pros: Touch screen, nice feel, rechargeable battery and dock, solid build. Can learn from other remotes or load codes from an online database. Can upload custom channel icons.
Cons: Programming software is not very intuitive, must be online to program and to test, learn function does not always work the first time it tells you it was successful.
I spent considerably more time than I thought it would take to set this up and then reconfigure and then play and then, and then... etc. The learning curve was much steeper than you would think from the advertising.
However, when it was all (finally!) done, I have a great remote that controls a pretty varied combination of US and European components, including multiple satellite receivers and online entertainment centers. If you have the time and are willing to devote the effort, this remote does everything except Radio Frequency, and looks very attractive while doing so. Recommended.
OK the review. There's a reason why the price of this unit went up. Remote controls must enjoy ridiculous profit margins. Even with all the features and everything. anything over $125.00 for any remote is a ripoff. Including this. Ir's a great remote. You can create custom Icons, it learns, website is easy to download saved config. But it isn't anywhere near worth the price that they are asking for it. I just downloaded peel remote for my smart phone for free. The combination of the Smart Phone and the Peel remote application completely destroys this remote and I didn't have to spend a dime. Save your money and if your cell phone has an IR blaster. You can get remote control software that will blow this away. Granted you don't have the tactile feel of buttons, but is that feel worth over $200.00?
This remote is incredible, easy to use, easy to program, and I will likely replace our Harmony One with one of these, too. If you are looking to purchase this remote, just keep in mind that while you don't need the software to program anything but "Activities" and "Macros", the software will require Windows XP, Windows Vista, or Windows 7 -- it didn't work with Windows 8.1, but it came close and may have been fixable if I didn't immediately move to a Windows 7 system. Also note that learning devices is FAR easier using the remote than using the software. The software is very easy to use, however, and FAR easier than Logitech's. And even with the software, programming takes only seconds to minutes, whereas the Logitech software took a significant investment of time to program.