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Complete Control MX-950 Aurora Features:

All hard buttons: the MX-950 includes a total of 50 hard buttons, 46 of which may contain user programmable functions. Of the four non-programmable buttons, two select the [Listen] and [Watch] main menus, and the other two navigate through LCD pages.

LCD screen: A large 2.75" diagonal LCD screen with 64x105 graphical dot-matrix section provides 5-character customizable names for the 10 surrounding hard buttons. The screen also displays the current device and page number, and features a clock and battery level indicator.

Full backlighting: The Aurora's LCD screen is backlit by tri-color LEDs that can glow red, blue, green, or some combination thereof. The intensity of each color can be controlled individually, providing the programmer with the option of customizing the backlight color for each device. In addition to their pure colors, popular mixes include purple, yellow, pink, cyan and white.

Menu joystick: The Aurora provides a new-style 5-way menu cursor ring with a separate center [Select] button for quick and reliable cursor control.

USB interface: The remote features a standard Mini USB port for communication with a PC, and connects through the Microsoft ActiveSync system.

RF capabilities: Through the optional MRF-250 or MRF-300 basestations, the MX-950 can control infrared-based components off to the side, behind doors or even in other rooms, from 50 to 100 feet away. Up to 16 basestations are supported by a single remote.

Full computer programmability: All programming for the MX-950 is done through the bundled Windows-based "MX-950 Editor" program.

Controls up to 255 devices: The Aurora can control any mix of devices and/or activities - you're only limited by memory.

Up to 255 LCD pages per device: Each page can hold up to 10 commands corresponding to the adjacent hard buttons, making it possible to include as many as 2,586 commands under a single device.

Full learning: Every user-programmable hard button can hold a command learned from another remote. The software provides both single and double pulse learning options for reliable code captures. The maximum number of learned signals is limited only by memory.

Preprogrammed database: The MX-950 includes a huge database of preprogrammed codes for a wide variety of devices including audio, auxiliary, cable boxes, CD players, DVD players, DVRs, LD players, lighting systems, satellite receivers, tape decks, televisions, VCRs and WebTVs. Devices are selected via brand and code number dropdowns. In addition, many codes have been cross-referenced with applicable device and remote model numbers, and multiple preprogrammed codesets can be mixed in a single device. The database is upgradeable over the internet.

Editable labels: Each LCD-adjacent key can have a custom 5-character label for a standard command, or 11-characters for a dual-column command (one function that occupies the space of both horizontal hard buttons). In addition to alphanumeric characters, several transport and directional icons are also available.

Customizable graphics: MX-950 Editor can import BMP or JPG files for display on the dot matrix screen. Full-screen images can be up to 64 by 90 pixels in four greyshades, while an image that fits in the space of a standard command will be 32 by 16 pixels.

Unlimited macros: Every hard button can sport a macro containing a nearly unlimited number of steps. Three types of macros are available for use: standard (macro runs instantly), press and hold (one of two macros runs depending on how long the key is held) and variable (one of two macros runs depending on the state of a variable). Macros can also be assigned to automatically run whenever a device is selected.

Playback audio: Macros on the MX-950 can be used to play back standard WAV files through the remote's built-in speaker, while other operations are performing. Files up to 80kb in size are supported.

User-editable variables: Programmers can now define custom variables that can be used to keep track of the state of different devices. Combined with variable-style macros, this now makes it possible to know when a toggle-only device has been powered on (and so forth).

Punchthroughs: Groups of commands can be punched through to operate a different device, for example have all volume buttons operate a receiver. Punchthroughs are available for the two power keys, volume and mute, channel and jump, the nine menu related keys, seven transport keys, plus the numerical keypad.

Hide pages: In-device pages of commands can be hidden from normal view. Functions on these pages can still be referenced from system macros, making this an ideal way to hide advanced functions.

Share files: The MX-950's .MXA files can be easily shared amongst Aurora owners.

Import files: Codes can be extracted from other remote control files. Supported formats include MXF files (MX-700, MX-800, MX-850), MXG files (MX-900), RCC files (MX-3000), MXT (TX-1000), MRF files (for the advanced basestation) and CCF files (original Pronto).

Discrete device control via RF: When used with one or more of the optional RF basestations, each of the station's six wired IR ports can be individually addressed, permitting discrete control of identical components that would otherwise respond to each others commands. In addition to the IR emitter ports, the stations also feature a wide-area IR blaster with six emitters.

Rechargeable battery & docking station: The Aurora's 1070mAh Lithium Battery provides hours of runtime and is quickly recharged while sitting in the vertical docking station. A customizable low battery warning is also provided.

Pickup sensor: The Aurora's LCD and backlight will activate automatically when the remote is moved. The sensor can be disabled if desired.

Customizable timeouts: The LCD and backlight timeout can be configured to automatically switch off after 0 through 300 seconds of inactivity. The LCD and hard button backlights can be disabled individually.

Built-in clock: Shown at the bottom of all screens.

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