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User reviews for the R5 from Universal Remote Control Inc.
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Average: 4.33/5.00
Median: 4.33/5.00
URC's R5 remote is an economical model offering full learning capabilities - up to 160 commands! It also features preprogrammed codes, a MacroPower button, an ergonomic layout and easy setup.

Written by digdog1 from NC.
The reviewer has used this remote control for under 1 month.
Review 1 made on Sunday August 19, 2007 at 5:41 PM.
Also owned:Universal Automator
Rotel R990

Strengths:Five-device remote with lots of well-organized hard buttons. Easy setup. Good learning features. Punch-thru macros for common basic functions like power/volume/channel. Great value for the price.
Weaknesses:Perhaps not as sleek-looking as some other remotes. Codes for some less-common components may have to be entered manually with the learning features.
Review:When my aging Universal Automator unexpectedly gave up the ghost recently, I shuddered at the prospect of programming a replacement for my bedroom theater system (a home theater pro had what seemed to be a dickens of a time getting the Automator programmed properly for my system several years ago). But the R5, also from Universal, was an irresistible value at $19.95, and a snap to program as the Automator's replacement.

The R5 manual comes with the usual library of pre-programmed codes for most major brands. Finding my components was a snap, all except for my Pioneer DVD/Tivo deck. But the R5 was simple to program manually using the remote's learning feature. In under fifteen minutes, I was up and running.

The R5 also has punch-thru macro capability that allows you to, for example, assign the volume and channel buttons to operate the same no matter which component is selected. There's also a power macro that allows you to turn multiple components on and off with a single button push.

Not a fan of touchscreens? This is the remote for you. The R5 leaves off the LCDs in favor of a full compliment of hard buttons that are well organized and easy to operate by feel alone. It may be a tad clunky looking compared to the latest streamlined offerings from Logitech, but for old-school functionality, this one's a winner, especially for the price.
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