There doesn't seem to be any official thread on AVS yet for these remotes so I figured I would start one.
The URC MX-780, MX-890 and MX-1200 are part of the 2013 Universal Remote Control "Complete Control" lineup.
After using a couple of Harmony 900 remotes for the past few years and then being utterly disappointed with their newest Harmony Ultimate product I finally decided to switch to something that allowed more customization. I now own a MX-780 and a MX-890 and absolutely love them. I've found the build quality difference to be night and day between Logitech and the URC remotes and love the extra functionality and customization that URC's remotes allow.
Programming the remotes has been a fun learning experience also, but it probably is not for everyone. For committed DIYers, this shouldn't be much of an issue but for those who doesn't want the extra features or customization they are better off paying a custom AV installer to do it, or staying with the Harmony series since it is easier to program. I originally paid a custom installer to do programming for me but was really disappointed with the outcome and the lack of functionality so decided to try my own hand at it.
I've attached some cut-sheets of the different remotes and their features.
If you have a URC professional series remote, share your experience with it!
URC Remotes.pdf 1220k .pdf file
MX-780.pdf 639k .pdf file
MX-890.pdf 666k .pdf file
MX-1200.pdf 666k .pdf file
Note -- As Edmund pointed out the URC MX-780 is sometimes re-labeled as the URC X-7 and sold in retail outlets (such as Best Buy/Magnolia). It is identical to the MX-780.UPDATE:
I am including a simple installer I made that will install an example CCP file for anyone who would like to use it as a template to learn or customize their own. I'm not a URC trained professional and don't do this for a living, just decided to tinker with it in my spare time and the following file is the result of that. This file is based off of my own personal equipment, a URC MX-890 and a URC MX-780. Both examples are included in the file. Variables and macros are used to track power on/off states.
Download and unzip the package. After that, simply double click on the program to install the file. After installation, you should see a CCP Example.ccp file on your desktop which you can then open in your CCP software.
Let me know if you have any problems.UPDATE #2:
If you're interested in purchasing a URC remote that requires professional programming, be aware that unless your dealer provides you with the software program, you will not be able to make ANY changes to your remote after the dealer has left your home. Even the smallest change will require your dealer to come back and charge you for a service call.
If you're a DIY enthusiast (like most of us AVS members are) the best advice is to make sure that your dealer agrees to provide you with the URC CCP software package before you agree to the sale.
If the dealer refuses, find one that agrees. URC's official policy is that each dealer can decide whether they wish to provide their clients with the software program. Any dealer that states URC forbids them from providing it, is not being honest.