Originally Posted by Cain
Randy I'm coming from a mx850, its programming is done on a PC and it only connects to a PC with an old serial port.
I still like these older models. The wife still uses her trusty MX-500 (direct learning remote) in her den, and a long time ago i had an MX-800 in a bedroom (programmed via PC-Editor like the MX-700 and your MX-850) but i gave it to a friend who's MX-700 had died and he refused to try anything different (he reminds me of the wife). These old remotes are basic simple workhorses.
What is your current favorite remote?
Oh the MX-890 for sure - it's light, well balanced in the hand, the short-throw buttons have a great tactile feel, and the button layout is perfect for me (especially the four colored buttons that are so popular on most devices now).
Before i aquired the MX-890, my favorite remote was the MX-780 and it's consumer counterpart the R40 learning remote (exact same button layout as the MX-890). Before these i briefly had an R50 and before that an MX-880 but i did not like those.
I'm now interested in the recently-announced and soon-to-be-released MX-990 which appears to be a blend of the MX-980 and MX-890. But i already have too many remotes
Are the urc remotes these days programmable from the remote, or only the PC like my remote?
URC has pretty much abandoned the DIY retail market, instead focusing on the Custom Installer (CI) industry to sell/program their remotes. Their only remaining direct-learning remote is the MX-450 which is their low-end Pro model (it's not a DIY retail item). All the rest are programmed via their proprietary CCP software which is only available to authorized CIs. Some DIY-friendly CIs will supply you with the CCP software if you buy the remote from them, but most will not (as is their right).