The reviewer has used this remote control for under 1 month.
Review 2 made on Thursday May 31, 2007 at 7:20 PM.
RCA Navilight RCR860
Replaces 8 remotes, master power key, volume lock (aka punch through), tons of universal codes, learns your other remotes, macros, and very affordable.
does not come with batteries (2 AAA); is not backlighted.
You cannot purchase a better remote for less than $30.
I got the URC 8820 remote from BestBuy and had it setup and controlling all 8 of my devices in 15 minutes. I wanted a remote that had a master power key (controls all devices at once), a volume lock (so you can control your audio receiver volume no matter what component you are on), the ability to learn functions, and macros (which i havent had to use yet) - this had all of those features.
I was not sure it would work with my equipment as I have a difficult surround sound Yamaha receiver and a Dell TV, but it works with everything. It even came preprogrammed to work with Comcast's Motorola digital cable box. The 2 buttons that were missing for the Dell TV, I just added with the learning function. I like the layout and it is a good looking remote... it also feels nice in the hand... only thing i would add is backlit buttons.
In contrast, the RCA Navilight RCR860 took me over 2 hours to get setup and ended up not having all the buttons I needed to control my components. Most frustrating of all, it turned out that the master power key only worked for RCA components - what a waste! I returned it the next day.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 1 made on Friday December 9, 2005 at 6:43 PM.
Great price Supports AUD 0013 setup code (works with my Pioneer VSX-D710S receiver!) Can assign macros to device keys DVR-friendly buttons Huge library of codes lots of available documentation online
No JP1 support No backlighting Its hard to tell the front from the back of the remote by feel (sort of stupid, I know, but I've found myself pushing buttons with nothing happening, then I realize I have the remote pointed *away* from the TV)
For you remote control freaks out there, this is an UEI remote with a JP1 header, but it is a newer interface, so no JP1 cable/programming available (yet). So, I'll count that as one disadvantage. Another is that there is no backlighting, save for the power key. Now, on to the good stuff ;) This remote is an amazing value! Spend some time at the forums to discover the true power lurking under the hood of this budget remote. I needed a remote to control my Toshiba HDTV, Pioneer A/V receiver, Toshiba DVD player and Dish Network DVR that was powerful enough to take care of all the basic functionality, yet was easy for the family to use. In particular, I needed a remote that worked will with a DVR. Another concern I had was my Pioneer A/V receiver, which had issues with other sub-$100 remotes I've tried. With some help from the friendly people on the the forums, I was able to get this remote to meet all of my needs. For example, I was able to set up a master power button. If I press the power button, it turns on/off the selected component, but if I hold it in for two seconds, it powers on/off a whole series of selected components. In addition, this remote can accept advanced codes, discrete codes and macros. An added bonus is that I can map a macro to a device key. As a result (for example), I can press and hold the DVD button on the remote for two seconds, and it will send a series of commands that turns on my TV (and leaves it on if already turned on), switches the TV over to HDMI 1 input, makes sure the A/V receiver is on, switches it to the DVD input, makes sure the DVD player is on, then sets the TV to the "natural" setting for screen format. I have similar set ups for over-the-air HD and satellite. The new 8820 (and its siblings, the 8620 and 81020) support a wider range of device codes than earlier One-For-All remotes. This, combined with support for advanced codes (which are 3 or 4 digit codes that allow you to assign a specific function to a specific key) and support for discreet codes (which lets you just turn on or turn off a device, rather than toggle between on and off) opens the door for some sophisticated programming. With some time and patience, you can have an activity-based remote for a lot less money than the Harmony remotes (which are fantastic remotes, BTW, just more money than a lot of people will want to spend). Finally, the button layout is pretty intuitive, and easy to find by feel in the dark. So, if you don't mind doing a little research, this remote will give you a ton of functionality.