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URC-R40 - "My favourite remote"
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Post 1 made on Wednesday August 24, 2011 at 20:22
borgon
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Has anyone seen any reviews of this remote or had any experience with it? I'm trying to figure out what makes it differnet than the r50.
Post 2 made on Sunday August 28, 2011 at 10:54
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URC-R40URC Digital R50
Mostly cosmetic.

Post 3 made on Tuesday September 27, 2011 at 14:58
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On August 28, 2011 at 10:54, JoeFlabitz said...
URC-R40URC Digital R50
Mostly cosmetic.


According to the RC review the sunken channel and volume buttons on the URC-R50 was a drawback of the design. Appears thats not be the case on the 40 and that likely makes for a different experience. Addition of the four color hard buttons is better for cable boxes with A-D and blu ray players too, IMO. Im assuming the 40 has the same channel logo features on the lcd as the 50.
Post 4 made on Saturday November 19, 2011 at 03:28
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Sigh... I'll never understand URC's product naming scheme, or why their web site doesn't even show the R50 and R40 remotes.

I found the R50 review here on RemoteCentral and assumed that was the "latest" incarnation in the MX-500 family. I wouldn't have guessed that the R40 was a "newer" model but have since figured out that it appears to have addressed some of the problems with the R50 (like the recessed hard button layout). It sounds like the R40 may be my next remote... but is there an MX-440, or whatever would be a premium or professional and RF version of the R40, in the same way the MX-450 appears to be a premium version of the R50?

Where's Daniel's review of the R40? :-)

Edit... OK, sounds like the MX-780 is somewhat of a "premium" version of the R40, but also available only to professionals. Perhaps what we really need is a consumer version of the MX-780? :-)

Last edited by lemketron on November 19, 2011 04:16.
Post 5 made on Saturday November 19, 2011 at 10:43
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On November 19, 2011 at 03:28, lemketron said...

Edit... OK, sounds like the MX-780 is somewhat of a "premium" version of the R40, but also available only to professionals. Perhaps what we really need is a consumer version of the MX-780? :-)

The consumer version is the R40...
Post 6 made on Sunday November 20, 2011 at 06:56
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On November 19, 2011 at 10:43, JoeFlabitz said...
The consumer version is the R40...

Sorry, it was late and there are so many different models I'm not sure what I meant to say; maybe MX-880. In any case, I ordered an R40 and (as an MX-500 fan for the past ten years or so) look forward to setting it up.
Post 7 made on Tuesday December 6, 2011 at 18:59
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Looking to replace mx850 bedroom remote and the R40 might be it. Would appreciate any feedbacks from owners.
Post 8 made on Wednesday December 7, 2011 at 12:00
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Why would you want to replace a mx850?
Post 9 made on Wednesday December 7, 2011 at 16:10
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On December 7, 2011 at 12:00, hdtvluvr said...
Why would you want to replace a mx850?

After 5 years, it's not working as well as it should.
Anything to add regarding the R40?
Post 10 made on Thursday December 8, 2011 at 03:24
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Got the R40 earlier today. It won't replace my current MX-980 for my main system, but it is more than adequate as a bedroom remote or for a simpler system. It replaced my 5 yr-old barely working MX-850 in the bedroom.

I agree pretty much with B. A. Roush's in-depth review on the Amazon website. Programming is fairly simple and straighforward and I really like the OLED screen. The VOL and CH buttons are in an "odd" place and I find myself hitting the buttons next to the cursor pad quite a bit instead. It takes a bit of getting used to. The red backlight is also quite harsh in a dark room and there in no brightness adjustment. A softer blue or even white would have been easier on the eyes. Other than those couple of nitpicks, I would not hesitate to recommend it.

The only thing I haven't figured out is how to delete a button. If anyone knows, I'd appreciate the how-to.
Post 11 made on Thursday December 8, 2011 at 11:25
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On 1323332698, jsuarez said...| The only thing I haven't figured out is how to delete a button. If anyone knows, I'd appreciate the how-to.

I just picked got an R40 last week (after several years of using an MX-500 for myself and for other people's installs) and so far i like it a lot, but i'm still learning how to fully integrate it into my complicated system. I'm finding that the existing basic setup codes don't give me all the functions of my various devices so i've been using the learning feature to fine tune it to all my devices and although slow and frustrating, i'm still having fun with it all.

A few gripes are all the steps required to select then test the dozens of device codes only to discover one by one that none of them end up fully controlling my devices, and how the buttons are small, too close together, and too similar to quickly aquire by feel in the dark compared to my MX-500. The lack of instructions is also slowing me down - i'd like to see at least some online instructions and explanations for the more advanced methods for things like creating macros on the hard buttons, or how to switch between devices while creating my macro script etc.

What exactly do you mean by "how to delete a button"? Which button are you wanting to delete?
Randy
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Post 12 made on Thursday December 8, 2011 at 12:14
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On December 8, 2011 at 11:25, RandyWalters said...

What exactly do you mean by "how to delete a button"? Which button are you wanting to delete?

A "dummy" or unused button.
Post 13 made on Thursday December 8, 2011 at 13:32
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On December 8, 2011 at 12:14, jsuarez said...
A "dummy" or unused button.

Is that an LCD key? Like a Main Device icon on the Main Screen? Or an LCD function key inside a particular device? Or is it one of the hard keys on the body of the remote?
Randy
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Post 14 made on Thursday December 8, 2011 at 20:52
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On December 8, 2011 at 13:32, RandyWalters said...
Is that an LCD key? Like a Main Device icon on the Main Screen? Or an LCD function key inside a particular device? Or is it one of the hard keys on the body of the remote?

Function key inside a particular device.
Post 15 made on Friday December 9, 2011 at 20:53
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On December 8, 2011 at 20:52, jsuarez said...
Function key inside a particular device.

Well sadly it looks like that's not possible with the R40. All we can do is delete all the text from the blue icon so that it's blank.

The R50 (the predecessor to this newer R40) did have the ability to hide an LCD icon according to the R50 review here on RemoteCentral and in the online R50 quick-start guide, but apparently they didn't carry this feature over to the R40.
Randy
URC MX-890, MX-780, MX-450, R40, MX-500, Sony XBR-55X900E, Panny TC-P55ST60, Tivo Roamio Pro & Premiere, TWC Arris DVR, Onkyo 333 AVR, Panasonic Blu-Ray . . . .
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