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Remote Controls.

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Mike Bertelson, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. Mar 3, 2011 #1 of 18
    Mike Bertelson

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    WHAT DON'T YOU LIKE ABOUT YOURS?

    I'm in the market for a new remote control. My big requirement is macros. I have a couple that are 10 or 12 steps.

    All universals have some compromises. We decide what we’ll live with to get what we want.

    I want some real world info from real world users. So, what don’t you like about your remote?

    Mike
     
  2. Mar 3, 2011 #2 of 18
    Galaxie6411

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    Had a whole thing written up on how wonderful my Harmony's are then reread your post.

    Aside from the price of them I just don't have any complaints. MY most steps are in the 6-7 range and I don't know if or what the max is on a Harmony.

    I suppose another complaint about my 610 is the buttons, a DVR button has always got to be programed they do not have one like our Dish remotes do. So you have to decide which button makes most sense as a DVR button or program it to one of the LCD screen buttons and title it DVR
     
  3. Mar 3, 2011 #3 of 18
    Mike Bertelson

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    I thought the limit for a Harmony sequence it 5 steps?

    Mike
     
  4. Mar 3, 2011 #4 of 18
    houskamp

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    love my MX for macros.. you can program it to do just about anything.. tough getting the good software for it tho..
     
  5. Mar 3, 2011 #5 of 18
    Galaxie6411

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    No it is more although I do not know how high it goes, looking through my menu looks like it may be limited to 9 devices, I just built a macro with 12 actions and 8 devices used. I'll D/L to the remote later and see if it works.
     
  6. Mar 4, 2011 #6 of 18
    Mike Bertelson

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    Are you talking about an Activity macro? I know they can be more than five steps.

    I was refering to macros within an activity, what Logitech calls a sequence.

    Mike
     
  7. Mar 4, 2011 #7 of 18
    Herdfan

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    http://www.universalremote.com/products/residential/remotes/mx-880

    MX-880. Best remote I have ever owned and between my parents and I we have 5 of them soon to be 6. I am even going to swap out my MX-980 in my media room for an 880.

    The main compromise is that you can't have graphic icons on device pages. I have fixed that somewhat by using the Favorites pages for my DirecTV device pages so I can just have colored "buttons" for the Red, Green, Yellow & Blue from the DirecTV remotes.

    Remote is very easy to use by feel. Some people don't like that it doesn't have a charing dock and instead uses a plug in cable. The nice thing is that the remote can be use while it's charging.

    You can do anything you want with Macros. I have one that switches between local and all dvr playlists and one that turns captioning on and off. I also have one that allows .... gasp, press and hold of the List button for the ToDo list. :) Any button, anywhere can be a macro.

    There is a learning curve, but once you understand the process, it becomes quite easy.


    That won't be a problem for Mike. ;)
     
  8. Mar 4, 2011 #8 of 18
    Mike Bertelson

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    The MX-880 is on my short list. I currently have MX-810 so I’m very familiar with using Favorites for custom buttons. All my activities are built that way. ;)

    [​IMG]

    I have buttons on page two for Menu Restart and CE. :)

    Mike
     
  9. Mar 9, 2011 #9 of 18
    4HiMarks

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    I have never found a universal remote that had codes for all of the legacy equipment I own. Which is a real shame since I have an old Scott amp that had to be one of the first ever to have an IR remote and the volume buttons on the remote don't work any more.
     
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    Have you looked at the Philips Pronto Line? I've got the TSU9400. Never got around to doing what I wanted with it but it can be customized to do just about anything.
     
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  13. Mike Bertelson

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    Very cool yes. But, IMHO, kind of impractile. It seems very expensive to purchace any tablet to be used exclusively at a remote.

    Not to mention it probably a bit too fragile for everyday use.

    I don't want any remote that can't be used with one hand in any situation. That pretty much rules out any tablet in my case.

    Mike
     
  14. Hutchinshouse

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    Yeah, you bring up good points. I just thought of one other bummer, just to adjust the volume requires three actions:

    1. Press the home button
    2. Slide to unlock the screen
    3. Press the volume button within the app.

    I always have my iPad next to my chair. The app was a perfect fit for me. I also like being able to integrate pictures of my kids within the app.

    Toys are neat.
     
  15. Mike Bertelson

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    There pretty expensive (the cheapest being about $800) and the models currently available are not easily used one handed in a lot of situations.

    Mike
     
  16. Mike Bertelson

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    I use volume a lot and I suspect most people do. There has to be a better way to do that. :scratchin

    Mike
     
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    The one I've got is fine one handed for me at least. Yes, they are expensive. I've had a couple earlier Pronto's that were a bit cheaper and somewhat easier to program. They seem to be aiming at the professional installers nowadays.
     
  18. Hutchinshouse

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    My 3 step scenario is when my iPad is asleep. If it’s awake, it’s just one button push like any other remote. I guess I could always disable the auto-sleep function.
     

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