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User reviews for the UCommand 515 from Crisp Solutions.
Average: 4.39/5.00 Median: 4.67/5.00
The UCommand 515 is an economically-priced touchscreen LCD remote that can control eight devices. It features full learning capabilities, macros on any user button, an easy-to-read backlit screen and quick operation.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 1 made on Sunday September 10, 2000 at 5:31 PM.
Very easy setup. Excellent range. Better than any of the original units. Easy to use for entire family.
Not quite enough programable buttons. Not knowing which buttons are in use. Keys are inactive when the backlight goes out, even though unit is still on.
One more row of buttons could have been added without increasing it's length significantly. After several restarts, I found the easiest way to setup a device is to first hide all the buttons you don't need(or haven't got a use for) first, then go through the initial setup. You can then go back and set up those buttons skipped later.
I find the position of the volume inconvenient. It would have been better to reverse the volume and channel combo so that the volume was in the center of the unit(minor I know).
Why the TRANS key function couldn't have been hidden in some way, therefore giving button space back to the user is beyond me. Also, recording macros of more than a few keystrokes is awkward because nothing is actually transmitted during recording. This makes writing down keystrokes first a necessity.
Besides not knowing which buttons have been programmed or not is overshadowed by the inconvenience of buttons not being active as soon as the backlight goes out(10-30 seconds) even though the unit is still on. This requires a screen tap before you can hit a function. Why?
All-in-all, for the price it beats anything else I've looked at. I hate a lot of multi-function hard buttons, especially those at the bottom of the unit so you need two hands to operate. Having buttons change function with a device change is the only way to go, in my opinion.