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Better than harmony
on March 6, 2013
I initially had a Logitech harmony one remote for about a year and I was pretty satisfied with that. That literally dropped 2 1/2 feet onto the carpeted ground and the screen shattered (see pictures above) and I was extremely mad. After I got over that, I started to look for a new remote but I wanted one with more customization.
I decided i would give the harmony touch (the newest model) a try and i absolutely hated it! I returned that remote after one day and i was still searching for a remote.....
After that, one of my friends recommended the urc mx450 so I gave it a glance. I found a lot of reviews online saying its an amazing remote but is hard to get used to programming it. I decided to give it a shot.
First impressions (BUT PLEASE CONTINUE TO READ!):
When I first started using the remote, I went through the initial setup and all my devices were easily found! But, I started to program macros and stuff and I was completely lost. I began to think about returning the remote. I spent a good 3-4 hours before the lightbulb came on and I finally figured the remote out. After the lightbulb, this thing is a piece of cake and I'm completely in love. It makes me harmony one remote seem like a complete joke.
Feel solid in your hand
A ridiculous amount of customization
Gorgeous LCD screen (much higher resolution than the harmony one)
Lack of instructions
No computer assistance with a harmony-like computer program
Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this remote and I highly recommended it. Keep in mind, there is a small learning curve but I promise that once "your lightbulb" turns on, you will love this thing as much as I do. My girlfriend says its much easier to use than the harmony. Also, we have both noticed when clicking through the guide on the cable box, the mx450 responds about twice as fast as the harmony did. Do yourself a favor and purchase the remote. With a little patience you can have yourself and incredible piece of electronics to center your house around and allow everyone in your life to easily enjoy your home theatre.
Update: March 25th, 2013 (1 month of ownership)
After having this remote for over a month, I have really learned to love this remote. After the initial programming, i have found ways to improve my macro commands to better suit my needs. Also, i have since added the Lutron IR Dimmer Switch to my basement so i can control the light without getting up. This remote controls the lights beautifully. I have it set so when i press "watch dvd" it also turns off the lights.
Overall, this is a great remote and i highly recommend it. There is a small bit of patience required but it is much worth it!