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Post 5 made on Friday May 14, 2021 at 22:29
Brad Humphrey
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February 2004
Just to add to this.
Inexpensive remotes that could be programmed to do advanced things, have almost been universally killed off from every remote manufacture. They are all forcing people to buy their $$$ PC programmed remotes for more profit. Profit being the only reason, as it has been shown time & time again, you could get great remotes for way less money in the past. The greedy manufacture just don't want to make those anymore.

With such a void in the lower priced market, you would have expected Chinese companies to have flooded the market with options. But that hasn't happened. Sure, there are a lot of fancy looking remotes you can find for cheap... but they are all fundamentally flawed. Either the layout is crap, macros can't be programmed the way they need to be, learning is limited, or some other quark that makes them useless. These Asian companies just don't get it and don't seem to care about listening either.

The latest one I looked at was the SofaBaton U1. It looked promising at $49. But then I see it has no back lighting on the buttons (WTF!!!). And you can't really program macros for activities, not in the regular way. You have to use hard buttons on devices to trigger = useless. No reason the remote couldn't have been made to work great. Just stupid design that would have only cost them pennies more to do correctly. But such is the story of all these universal remotes out of Asia.

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