- Brand Name: Universal Remote Control
- Model Number: MX-500
- Item Package Quantity: 1
- Item Display Weight: 1.15 pounds
Universal Remote Control MX-500 10-Device LCD Viewscreen Remote Control with Joystick Operation (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- Controls up to ten devices
- Preprogrammed for over 1,000 audio/video components
- Learns up to 530 commands via infrared from device remotes
- Send out multiple commands at once with the macro function
- LCD viewscreen with 26 individual pages
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From the Manufacturer
The MX-500 is ergonomically designed and weight balanced to fit comfortably in one hand. The brightly backlit LCD view screen and buttons make navigation within a darkened home theater environment a breeze. To further enhance the navigation of the remote control, the MX-500 has incorporated a multi-directional joystick.
The MX-500 Punch Through feature enables control of one component while the remote is actually in another component mode. For example, you can adjust the volume of the amplifier while actually in the DVD mode, eliminating the need to toggle back-and-forth from the DVD screen to the amplifier screen.
The macro feature allows the remote control to be programmed to send out multiple commands at once. The unit has 3 dedicated macro buttons, a "Power" button and a "System Off" button that send out up to 20 commands each. For example, the MX-500 can be programmed to turn on all the components within the home theater system at just the touch of a button!
The MX-500 also incorporates a memory back-up system designed to prevent memory loss for up to one year, should the batteries be removed.
Top Customer Reviews
Customization is very easy, with the ability to edit button labels (on the LCD screen) with the names or types of your equipment, and the ability to program buttons for 50 of your favorite channels (a must if you have satellite or cable service of 150+ channels). The MX-500 also permits macro programming, i.e., the ability to execute multiple commands with one button. For example, the "Power" button can be programmed to power on all your home theater equipment; the "System Off" button can be programmed to turn it all off. Three other macro buttons are provided for other customized, multiple commands.
You can also teach it, like most higher-end remotes, to "push down" certain commands, e.g., the volume buttons can be set to manipulate the volume of your home theater receiver, regardless of which device you are using (DVD, VCR, TV).
The IR range of the remote is excellent: I've changed channels across the room pointing the remote at the wall !! Battery life is also top-notch (it uses 4 AAA batteries) and the user manual is well-written.
The one weakness with this remote is that the "select" button (the black center bezel) is a little awkward to use because it's almost too stiff. I tend to use the joint of my thumb rather than the pad to engage it because otherwise I was inadvertently hitting the up, down, or left/right arrows.Read more ›
It's got a backlit display, and I like the rubberized feel of the remote.
Overall, I'm very happy with my purchase.
Take our audio receiver remote for instance. Our One for All 6131 had a code that controlled the volume, power, and several other functions. But it could not switch the input to DVD, although it could switch to VCR1, VCR2, etc. So we had to keep the original audio receiver remote handy. Same thing for the Tivo remote and the TV remote - the One for All could do most, but not all functions.
Well, the MX-500 takes care of all of that and more. Sure, it has built-in codes and those are a decent place to start. But the key difference about this remote is that it can LEARN from your other remotes. And before you think, "gee, plenty of other cheap remotes say that can learn as well" - they don't even come close to having the memory this one has. Some cheapo learning remotes can learn as few as 30-40 total functions, across all your remotes. That might be nice if you only had one or two devices and it missed only a handful of codes for each.
The MX-500 is nothing like that. It can learn several hundred commands - plenty to absorb every single function for all five of my devices with room to spare.
Not only can it learn all of your old remote's functions, you can assign them to virtually any key, including the keys next to the LCD screen that you can customize yourself.
If I sound excited about this remote its because I am - and the coolest thing - so is my wife!
The MX-500 also has awesome macro capabilities.Read more ›
There are just a few negative things about the remote, which don't really take away from it:
1. I've noticed that sometimes the volume on the tv mode won't read through fully and will take multiple hits of the button in order for it to work. These are the only buttons that do this for me, it may just be the TV itself.
2. This is really just a minar pet peeve that doesn't really bother me but it should be noted anyway. The numbered buttons (1,2,3 etc.) are located at the bottom of the remote as you can see in the picture. If you're trying to operate them you have to grasp the remote all the way at the bottom which feels awkward. Or you can use two hands.
Many people complain about the middle joystick portion, but I really like this feature.
Bottom line: If your looking for a suitable universal remote for 3+ devices, don't waste your money on a cheap one because you'll probably not use it in the long run and you'll regret the purchase most likely. Go with the mx-500 - you won't be disapointed!
Decided to re-visit my review and see how its aged overtime :)
As I write this it's 2/05 - i've now owned the remote for about 2 years, and it's still going strong and running perfectly!Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
All the buttons don't work an won't program you have to learn ever button from the original remotePublished 1 month ago by Kyle
Bought this back in 2008 and its still working...although the backlight LED went out. Googled how to fix it but unfortunately it can't. Read morePublished 4 months ago by R Tich
We've used MX-500 remotes in our house for a long time. In fact I replaced one where the buttons actually wore out. Read morePublished 17 months ago by Special K
I wish these were still made, and I could order directly from the place that makes them. Terrible business model, just asking to become obsolete.Published on July 28, 2014 by Jeramiah J Bolton