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I wasn't expecting this: this remote is awesome!
Reviewed in the United States on December 24, 2017
I had read other reviews and was a little hesitant to order this. My main goal was to be able to control my entertainment system using my Amazon Echo. I had never purchased a high-end universal remote before, and I was hesitant to purchase this one because I read an article on CNET which described how tedious it was to configure the remote, and how difficult it was to get it working correctly with Alexa. More or less, I was half thinking that I should wait for a year or so until the integration was more mature.
On a lark, I decided to order it anyway as a Christmas gift to myself. I'm glad I did- I was quite surprised to find that this was incredibly simple to set up, and after setting up, even more simple to integrate with the Amazon Alexa. I'm also shocked at how intuitive the interface is .. after the negative reviews, I wasn't expecting this.
To be fair- I am a professional computer programmer. One of the reasons that I ordered this "prematurely" is that I felt that if it wasn't completely straightforward to setup, I would at least have a fun project to try to figure out. It turns out that this is 100% consumer ready- no programming skills required. So long as you're semi-aware that your TV might require you to add an additional delay in the startup sequence (very simple to make happen), you can use this. I had the entire system working within an hour. It wasn't difficult at all! To add to the goodness, the physical remote is awesome- and amazingly intuitive to use! Another plus: I can now use my iPhone (or Alexa) to control all of the entertainment in my house! Honestly, this is one of the best purchases I've ever made!
Don't hesitate with this- you'll have to work a bit to set it up, but it's not really that difficult, and everything "just works" beyond that. I'm a very happy customer.