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User reviews for the RCA RCU1000B from RCA.
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Average: 2.71/5.00
Median: 3.00/5.00
The RCU1000B is a 10-device learning remote control that features a large backlit LCD touchscreen, hard buttons, macros, timers and more!
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Written by John Jefferson from Washington, DC.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 32 made on Wednesday May 21, 2003 at 9:33 PM.
Strengths:Looks good on the table
Lots of programmable keys
Macros Macros Macros
Weaknesses:Double touch to activate sceen
Finiky learning....don't moth ... don't even breathe.
Gave my RCA Satelite Dish fits
Review:Ok...had the remote for 3 days. Day ... was all I could think while programming in codes. Setting up the macros was great.

Day 2...opps...nope...still no...hmmmmm...lets try this... when I got to programming my #1 remote...for my new Samsung 50inch DLP. It WON'T WORK! Won't learn from the Samsung remote. I am not buying a $100 remote just to have the remote from my TV sitting next to it!!!

Day 3....ready to put the thing against the wall. No online support regurtitates the manual...not only can I read! but I can hear too! I guess they were just checking. Back in box...back to best buy.
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Written by Mason from Colorado.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 31 made on Tuesday May 20, 2003 at 5:48 AM.
Strengths:Good looks
Fair Price
Weaknesses:Like all other RCA universal remotes -Does not even know all functions for my RCA TV, let alone anything else.
Limited code library for other devices.
IR Capture troublesome.
Forgets entire codes for a device - just sitting there on the table.
Touch screen not as sensitive as I'd Like.
Review:I was almost immediately upset when I did the code search for my RCA TV. I really expected this remote to know all the functions of my RCA TV, but alas it knew no more than the $9 RCA universals at Wal-Mart. So I had to Capture most of those. Then I move on to DVD Players - my new Panasonic, well just the extreme basic's there, and no Pause button nestled with the REW STOP PLAY FF in the hard buttons... More Capture. On to my AMP, newer Pioneer - Didn't know that one at all, Capture. My TIVO - It did allow me to set up a component button as PVR, but no code so... Capture. My Kenwood CD player, didn't know it either - more Capture. The my Cable Box, no code... Capture. Once I had it all set up I put all my old remotes in the drawer. When trying to pause my DVD player I would miss 1 minute of the movie getting the screen lit up so I could find PAUSE, so I'd also have to rewind. So I pulled out the original DVD remote again. Then it forgot my AMP, out came that remote. Then it forgot my CABLE BOX, out came that remote. Then general frustration with it's slow response to key presses. So out came all my remotes and the RCA 1000 went back to the store. One more thing that bugged me to death. After it was all set up to My RCA TV (using the code search then adding Learned extras) this remote does something not mentioned in the book- When I pressed the button to access my DVD functions it would tell My RCA TV to switch to one of the inputs. Press the Cable Box button and the TV would switch to Channel 3. This is not the way I have my things hooked up so I was constantly having to tell the TV to go back to the input I needed, and found myself having to cover the IR LED's when changing to other devices. Nothing in the book, nor in the Setup menus on this, but somthing I did the next day made two of them (DVD and PVR) stop doing this auto input switch thing for me.
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Written by Flip from Brazil.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 3-6 months.
Review 30 made on Wednesday May 7, 2003 at 8:29 AM.
Strengths:Nice design, colors and appearance.
Customization and macro ability.
Good price.
Auto light-on function.
Weaknesses:Not able to set contrast of LCD.
Big size and weight.
Allowed key labels don't fit all needs.
Review:I own this remote since December, and haven't had problems at all. I loved it because of it keys customization and learning function, because I can set almost any key to almost any function of the original remote. Nowadays my RCU1000B is controlling:

- Zenith cable box;
- Toshiba DVD player;
- Toshiba TV;
- CCE (brazilian) home theater system;
- Sony CD player;
- Sony stereo system;
- Honeywell fan (!!!);
- Panasonic VCR;
- Aiwa stereo.

Some equipments hadn't code, but I could set it by manual codes searching.
I have seen a Denon universal remote in Brazil which cost about US$ 600. I think my RCA (paid US$ 99 in airport freeshop) is good for its price, and for brazilian audio-video technology level.
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Written by Calvin from Ohio.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 29 made on Sunday March 30, 2003 at 12:57 AM.
Strengths:The appearance and blue back light are really impressive. I also like the touch screen, and the ability to use the MACRO buttons are very handy.
Weaknesses:My remote locks up quite a bit with the annoying task of re-entering all information. It will even forget some commands put into it from other remotes (sometimes over night!). I also couldn't get the set codes to work my KENWOOD VR507 receiver. I ended up having to enter them all in by hand.
Review:If you're looking for something that your guests might think is COOL this is your remote. If you're looking for something that consistantly functions properly, look elsewhere. I will be returning this to BestBuy where I purchased it!!
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Written by Tim Leslie from Fort Worth,TX.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 28 made on Thursday March 6, 2003 at 2:46 PM.
Strengths:Nice looking, not too big to hold.
Weaknesses:Wouldn't learn one particular command on my Teac audio remote, no matter what I tried. Not able to re-label the buttons.
Review:I thought I wanted a touch-screen remote, because I thought it would be completely customizable. I didn't have any trouble setting up my various remotes for the most part, but not being able to re-label the buttons ultimately made me return this. On a couple of my remotes I have buttons unique to that remote, and there was just no way for the whole family to remember things like "when in Audio mode, the ENTER button equals the Digital Input button on the original remote", and "when in Cable mode, the "LEFT" button equals the C button on the cable company's remote". I sent away for the Home Theater Master MX-500, and have been absolutely thrilled with it for a week now. And I've learned that I like hard buttons much more than soft ones. Much easier to see and use. I paid some $30 more, and it was worth every cent.
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Written by james tiller from Pope AFB, NC.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 27 made on Saturday March 1, 2003 at 4:25 PM.
Strengths:Design is nice, not extremely large or bulky. Easy to read blu backlit screen.
Weaknesses:Just slow responce to commands.
Review:I do not really have a problem with this remote unlike other people. I can see the screen just fine, havent had a problem with it not knowing or remembering commands.
I have Sony
Receiver Amp
DVD Player
300 Disc CD Changer
Dual Tape Deck
RCA Television.
Everything works fine just like it should, I didn't go to purchase this remote expecting more out of it that what it is, its a cheaper LCD touchscreen remote with lots of features....thats it, its not a Denon, not a Harmon Kardon, don't compare it to a company that sells a remote for $600 and expect the same quality. You get what you pay for. Like buying a Honda Civic and expecting Ferrari speed and quality, it doesnt work that way.
Personally, for the price this is a descent remote and does everything I need it to do. I give it a thumbs up.
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Written by Dan from Rochester, NY.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 26 made on Thursday January 9, 2003 at 1:39 PM.
Strengths:Touchscreen is large and sensitive. Blue backlight works well. Easily learns from existing remotes. Fairly large database of preprogrammed codes.
Features for price.
Weaknesses:Slow response to rapid key strokes. Learning curve with set-up.
Review:I actually like this remote and think it offers good features for the price. If you have a hard time programming your VCR, then this remote is not for you. It does have a considerable learning curve if you don't read the manual.

I have five devices to control:
- Toshiba RPTV
- Toshiba DVD
- Technics receiver/amp
- Scientific Atlanta digital cable box
- Philips VCR

The pre-loaded codes controlled all execpt the Technics amp. Teaching the IR codes from other remotes was straightforward (i.e. engage set-up mode, press device, press assigned key, point orignal remote, press button...learned!) Not brain surgery.

The BIGGEST weakness is the delay between pushing a button and IR signal transmission. If you're a fast fingered remote controller and channel surfer, then this remote will frustrate you.

Macro programming is also straightforward and you can program a lot of commands into one macro. It doesn't remember if certain devices are on or off, so if you turned the DVD off and are now watching TV, then hit the macro to turn everything off, it will turn the DVD "on". Don't think this is a unique flaw to this remote.

The screen is large and is rather clear to my eyes. It has a good weight about it and fits well in my hand.

For <$70, its an good value for the large touchscreen features and multiple macro settings.
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