We gave up using R50 some time ago and have been using Harmony 650 but R40 has just arrived and find it only partially addresses several points. At first the motion sensor was missed but configured just for occasional commands on the soft buttons this feeling went away, and the settings for saving the batteries made sense. Later, with more information configured, the main buttons were less ready to act without a second press.
Having no need for a PC and the excellent Macro Editor and virtually unlimited pauses stand out as killer features and holding down the teaching button for different periods adjusts how e.g. the direction buttons repeat. With macros available on any key to return to switch to the main page or to any device's soft key page, R40 is in some ways more flexible than Harmony.
Edited: With MyHarmony.com Harmonys can now do macros from inside an activity, with up to 25 steps and timed pauses. Like the older models which can use v7.70 software, Harmony's may now also have additional commands and pauses at the start or finish of activities. Older Harmony models have dedicated hard activity buttons to switch between activities, which avoids doing an extra press, and R40's macros are a bit slow in comparison.
In response to an old thread asking for an example I have posted a chart/template for the bones of a primary 'watch tv' activity for R40/R50. [Link: remotecentral.com]
For text and cut-and-paste, 'Paint' was used, which program comes with Windows so might be useful as an alternative to spreadsheets.
Last edited by tranx on November 9, 2013 04:44.