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This one makes six.

I set the screen brightness at around 60% when I first got my new (direct from URC with new firmware) R40, but now it's at 100% and it difficult to see clearly in daylight.

My MX-500 remains in active duty. though the buttons are worn and some require a firmer press than others.
Guess I'm number seven...my R40 screen is so dim it's only useful at night; to make things worse, you can't change the (blue) background color of the keys INSIDE devices! I haven't checked this thread in awhile but I need to investigate some of the replacement/suggestions. I really don't know why they discontinued this remote

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Guess I'm number seven...my R40 screen is so dim it's only useful at night; to make things worse, you can't change the (blue) background color of the keys INSIDE devices! I haven't checked this thread in awhile but I need to investigate some of the replacement/suggestions. I really don't know why they discontinued this remote
URC has been moving away from the lowly Do-It-Yourselfer market in the past few years, choosing to focus instead on it's network of Authorized Custom Installers to install and program their higher end remotes, and the OEM market (cable companies etc). URC used to be the best source for good DIY remotes but as of a few years ago they no longer make any user-programmable remotes. That pretty much leaves the DIYer with Harmony. URC still sells the MX-450 but they consider that a Pro remote, but it's user-programmable. I have one but it's nowhere near as configurable as the R40.

The place where i bought my last R40 still shows about a half dozen left in stock and that's the last i've been able to find. I expect the OLED screens on all R40s and pro MX-780s to eventually dim to the point that the remote is no longer usable. I wish they would have used LCD screens in these things.

Aside from the MX-450, the only other user-programmable remotes are the Harmony remotes and the discontinued Nevo C2 or C3.


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The place where i bought my last R40 still shows about a half dozen left in stock and that's the last i've been able to find. I expect the OLED screens on all R40s and pro MX-780s to eventually dim to the point that the remote is no longer usable. I wish they would have used LCD screens in these things.
I do too, which is why I'm seriously considering the MX-450. To me, it looks like an R40 with a (bigger) LCD screen. I don't use macros much anymore, so I think it will do the job for me.

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