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User reviews for the R7 from Universal Remote Control Inc.
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Average: 4.00/5.00
Median: 4.00/5.00
URC's R7 remote is an economical model offering full learning capabilities - up to 160 commands! It also features preprogrammed codes, 9 macros plus a MacroPower button, an ergonomic backlit keypad layout and easy setup.
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Written by hastingsd from Minnesota.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 3-6 months.
Review 3 made on Sunday February 22, 2009 at 12:16 PM.
Strengths:Most of the Buttons work
Weaknesses:Rewind fast-fowad buttons don't work in dvd mode and I can't setup my apple tv under the AUX mode
Review:Rewind fast-fowad buttons don't work in dvd mode and I can't setup my apple tv under the AUX mode
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Written by jarnold from little rock.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-2 years.
Review 2 made on Thursday May 24, 2007 at 11:00 PM.
Also owned:universal rf10, several Harmonies
Strengths:inexpensive, fast programming, long battery life, component buttons can be used as hold down macros (not listed in owners manual), learns signals easily, volume lock very good, page at a time is in good spot.
Weaknesses:Needs more light on the back light, narrow ir beam, has a system off button but no system on button.
Review:I use a lot of these remotes for customers who have several systems in their home and want the same simple remote everywhere. If URC made a rf model with good backlighting it would hurt their higher end touchscreen model sales. I have not found a better hard button only remote.
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Written by squiggs77 from Saint Cloud MN USA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for under 1 month.
Review 1 made on Tuesday February 6, 2007 at 11:25 AM.
Also owned:Sony RM-VL900
Strengths:Large Buttons
DVR Buttons
Learning Capability
System Macro Button
Reasonably Priced
Was able to learn some codes that my Sony RM-VL900 wasn't able to learn
Weaknesses:Only one dedicated macro button
IR angle isn't very wide
Not balanced well
Has trouble learning some codes
Review:Purchased the URC R7 remote to replace my Sony RM-VL900. I considered the Sony VL600 ($25) and the Harmony 550 ($90). Didn't choose the Sony because of lack of DVR buttons. Didn't choose the Harmony because of price, button size, and from what I've been reading, it seems hard to customize exactly the way you want it. Needed to replace the RM-VL900 because the "TV" system button was wearing out, and it does not have enough buttons for modern components.

Overall I like the remote. I used the codes to program my components and then the learning function to fine tune it. I had to program my entire TV because it doesn't have the codes for Visio TVs, but the learning process is easy so it wasn't a problem.

When I programmed my MOXI DVR into it using the pre-programmed codes, the remote's directional pad seemed a lot more sluggish than the MOXI remote. So I tried the learning function for the directional pad, and then it worked as well as the MOXI remote.

The remote had trouble learning a two functions from my Denon receiver. The Display button and the VCR2/Aux button from my Denon remote wouldn't learn correctly. After many tries I finally got the Display button to work, but I could never get the VCR2/Aux button to learn correctly. So I used my Sony VL900 to teach the VCR2/Aux button to the URC R7 and I still had troubles but after a while I got it to work. I don't know what is different about those specific buttons, but for some reason the URC R7 had a lot of trouble learning them.

The remote also was able to learn a command that my Sony VL900 was having problems with... but I forgot what that was... sorry.

The URC R7 is also a bit bottom heavy. This isn't a problem unless you use the buttons on the top of the remote frequently. I got used to this pretty quick though. I just rest the bottom of the remote on something (armrest, leg, the dog) and then it's easy to use the top buttons. Some people use the number pad a lot, I use the volume a lot so this may or may not bother you.

Overall I think this is a very good remote. It's controlling everything that I need it to. I love that it has more buttons than my Sony VL900 and that they are buttons that I use, and not some buttons that I don't use like on the VL600 (Why would you make a remote without skip forward and skip back buttons?!). I also like that the buttons are arranged well and in a way that is not confusing. I would still like to give the Harmony a test drive though. I'm a sucker for gadgets.
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