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User reviews for the Sony RM-VL900 from Sony Electronics.
Sony RM-VL900
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Average: 4.51/5.00
Median: 4.67/5.00
The Sony RM-VL900 is an economical all-button universal remote that can control up to 8 devices. It has multiple macros, full learning capability on every key, plus a great ergonomic design.
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Written by Greg from Southern California, USA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for more than two years.
Review 81 made on Monday October 6, 2003 at 2:05 AM.
Strengths:It does what it claims. Despite other's claims that there aren't enough macro buttons, this is not true. Lots of macros, learning from other remotes is a snap. The remote has plenty of keys and because they're programmable, you can do anything.
Weaknesses:Like everyone else... I feel the writing on the keys wear off way too quickly.
Review:This is the first universal remote I've bought that really controls my home theatre system the way I want. Some say there are not enough macro keys which is not true. Each of the component buttons can be programmed with macros. For instance, if I hold the Cable/Sat button down for 2 seconds the input on my TV changes to S-video and my amp switches to Sat. For DVD the tv again changes inputs and the amp changes to DVD. Using that macro, I save the 3 dedicated macro buttons for things I haven't thought of yet. GREAT remote. Not too difficult to program, especially if you use the directions from THIS web site (which I also love). I don't think you can beat this remote for the price.
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Written by Blakely from San Jose, CA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-2 years.
Review 80 made on Sunday September 21, 2003 at 1:22 AM.
Strengths:versatile, good button layout esp. for PVR/DVR.
Weaknesses:Not durable. Buttons stop working after 1 year.
Review:All the reviews of praise that I read 1 year ago were true. I was VERY happy with it. BUT AFTER ONLY 1 YEAR IT IS DYING A SLOW DEATH. As more and more buttons stop working well.
Now I got the Home theatre master MX500 since price dropped to $89 and it is said to be durable, and even more versatile.
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Written by M Smith from Pennington, NJ.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-2 years.
Review 79 made on Monday July 21, 2003 at 5:41 PM.
Strengths:Ergonomic, easy to program, flexible
Weaknesses:Button labels wear off, could use more buttons
Review:We've been thoroughly happy with this remote. It was a distinct pleasure to put all my other remotes in the cabinet. My only negative comment is about the button labels. They probably lasted no more than about 6 months. At this point I will occasionally write the numbers and button names on some of the key buttons so the babysitter knows how to use the remote. But, teaching a 4 year-old which number buttons to press can be challenging when there are no numbers to show them.

I'll probably upgrade to one with an LCD soon, but overally I've been quite pleased with this remote.
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Written by Rob Udvari from Waterloo, ON, Canada.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 78 made on Tuesday May 20, 2003 at 10:16 PM.
Strengths:Simple to set up (program), able to handle all of my components with very little manual programming, very solid/sturdy construction, nice weight, good key layout
Weaknesses:Inability to label buttons (no LCD), some keys small/cramped
Review:Within 20 minutes of putting in batteries I had this remote programmed to handle my set up (Yamaha RX-V592 reciever, Sony TV, Hitachi VCR, Toshiba DVD, Yamaha CD changer). The preset codes covered 99% of the functions with just a couple (literally) that I had to program head-to-head for the reciever. The volume punch-through was a must for my setup and this was a snap to configure as well.

I'm very pleased with the layout (other than the cramped keys towards the middle of the remote), feel, weight.

Now I just need to figure out all of my discrete codes for my equipment to program my macros.

I can't even find this remote available in Canada, but purchased it at (using the BorderFree link for Canadian customers) and was able to get it for a very good price (although it took almost 3 weeks to arrive!)...
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Written by ken fry from Washington, USA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 3-6 months.
Review 77 made on Monday May 12, 2003 at 12:53 AM.
Review:Best button layout of any remote I've tried. Provides the exact set of buttons and features I need.

But I'm on my third one, and it is dying after a few months. The buttons wear out very quickly and eventually stop functioning. I thought the first one might be a fluke, then it happened to the second, and now the third one sucks. I'll never buy this remote again.
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Written by NFJimc from NY,USA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 76 made on Thursday May 8, 2003 at 1:45 PM.
Strengths:>Ease of programming
>System keys
>Lack of certain buttons
Review:Previous to this remote I had tried several other 8 device remotes including the Radio Shack 15-2133 and this is the only one that I found that does it all. My HT system consists of JVC HT-Amp/Rcvr, JVC 5 disc CD player, JVC Hi-Fi VCR, Aiwa DVD player, JVC Dual cassette deck, Mitsubishi 47" RPTV and a Scientific Atlanta cable box. The codes that were built in covered all of my equipment except for my Aiwa DVD player, which the VL-900 was able to learn very easily. Any of the seldom used features that were not activated with the codes were easily added to buttons that were not being used by that particular device, such as programming the sleep button to open/close my DVD tray. Using the system buttons I was able to program one to turn on the TV, cable box, rcvr/amp and select the tv video input with one button making it very easy for anyone in the household to turn on the sytem and watch TV. Pressing it again turns everything off. From the on state, pressing the system 2 button turns off the cable box, switches the TV to DVD input, switches the rcvr/amp to DVD input, turns on the DVD player and opens the DVD tray. Makes it a snap again for anyone watching TV wanting to watch a DVD. This should give you some idea of what this remote is capable of. The only draw back I have found is a lack of some buttons being included such as eject/open and PIP. Otherwise this is the best $44.00 I ever spent!
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Written by Anthony from MI, USA.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-2 years.
Review 75 made on Sunday April 27, 2003 at 4:21 PM.
Strengths:The learning function is the biggest strength of this product. Also the system control buttons are a unique useful feature.
Weaknesses:I am yet to find a weakness. People are complaining that there is no scene skip button for the DVD function. Try pressing the channel +/- buttons to do that. That is how it works with mine.
Review:Overall this is an excellent product. I would recommend it to anyone.
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