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What's the best universal remote?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by dnemec123, Aug 14, 2007.

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  1. Racer88

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    The 880's button layout sucks and is not anything like the Tivo peanut. I can't stand it.

    The 670 is much more "peanut" like but has god awful clicky clicky buttons and they all feel the same. They feel like you're moving your finger around on a slab of small ball bearings. Oh and the rows or numeric buttons is curved and a PITA to key in channel numbers by feel only.

    I'm not a bit impressed by either one of these Harmony remotes in the least. I don't even use the 880 at all any more.
     
  2. dnemec123

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    Thanks for your opinion.

    Would you be willing to send it to me to try it out? And by 'try it out' I mean keep it? ;)

    Dale
     
  3. RonH

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    I have the Harmony 659 and it works great.
     
  4. Spanky_Partain

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    The best remote is the one that is inexpensive, easy to program, fits the hand well, button layout is just the way you like it, and it does NOT eat up batteries and it comes with a easy charging system.

    See my signature...

    PS
    inexpensive=nominal cost compared to a kid
    Mine are a two handed remotes when using the number key, some people cannot stand it.
     
  5. Steve

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    My choice is the URC R-7, $30 at CircuitCity.com.

    9 macros, every key can be learned, great "cruise control" layout, IMO, and bottom row of 4 buttons work well as RED/GREEN/YELLOW/BLUE keys. Just my .02. /s

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  6. Stuart Sweet

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    That does look great. You say every key can be learned on a $30 remote?

    Tell me it has backlighting and I know what I'm doing on my lunch hour!
     
  7. Gmaxx

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    Harmony 670 works great for me.
     
  8. MalibuRacing

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    I use the 670 and really like it. I use it to control the TV, HR20, AVR and XB360. The wife and kids use it, so that tells you that it is very simple to use (after you program and tweak it).

    The only drawback is the lack of dedicated RGBY buttons. I have them programmed in the LCD display buttons, so I do have that function available.
     
  9. jheda

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    +1... love my MX700

     
  10. Steve

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    Yup. :) /s
     
  11. Edmund

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    If you like R7, check your local Kmart they're discounting URC UR7-G2 Gamer for $5.00. Last week it was $3.50.

    see photo of both here:

    http://s7.photobucket.com/albums/y254/tivoburkee/img_0016.jpg

    The bottom 4 keys are colored Yellow, Blue, Green, and Red.
     
  12. Volman

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    MX-500-Excellent for $89.Great reviews.
    See reviews of most RCs at remotecentral.com
     
  13. chopperjc

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    I have a Harmony 659 which I love controls all my funtions in 3 tv's and 2 h20's. It does a very nice job. The learning curve is very small.
     
  14. Steve

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    Ya. I actually prefer the GAMER because the buttons are already colored for you, but I figured for $25 more, it wasn't worth the price difference for just the cosmetic change.

    I went to the KMART site, but couldn't find it. Do you have a link, by any chance?

    TIA. /steve
     
  15. Edmund

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    NO link, not on-line, need to purchase from store. I bought 3 at the $3.50 price, and another 3 at $5 price. They're in with games, price on them were $27, but rang up at the discount price at the register.


    see this thread at tivocommunity;

    http://www.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?t=361003
     
  16. Steve

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    Wow! Awesome deal. /s
     
  17. dnemec123

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    Thanks everybody for your suggestions.

    I've ordered the 880 from Amazon ($126) and should have it tomorrow.

    Dale
     
  18. psychobabbler

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    smart move. My wife even loves it!
     
  19. jeffreydavisjr

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    I have a question about the 880.

    I have to use RF with my HR20.... no way around it...

    I have wanted this 880 for as long as I can remember but never wanted to fork over the cash.

    Now that I am ready I dont know if I can. My question is...

    Is the 880 IR only?
     
  20. kitchj

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    The 880 is IR only, but they have an 890 model that does RF if I recall correctly.
     
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