Hands on review of the XRV1TV 3D remote used in - place - of the VUR10 sliding QWERTY remote for my XVT3D554SV.
I received the XRV1TV 3D in the mail today. I ordered this remote to replace a broken VUR10 (Factory Remote). The VUR10 remote's upper half became unresponsive after a small, yet to be identified, ribbon broke. This appears to be a problem found in all VUR10 remotes. If I knew the ribbons name, it is an easy fix, but alas I do not, so we had to purchase a replacement.
Knowing that Vizparts is a certified Vizio parts dealer and is referred to by Vizio for customers who are out of warranty I thought I would check there for remote options.
After a search of their website I found three "new" remote options. The VUR10, the XVR1TV (without 3D) and the XVR1TV 3D, which I am reviewing. The XVR1TV 3D ($21.49) was priced 3/4 less than the VUR10 ($80) and offered a stationary QWERTY keyboard on the back of the remote, but it was not bluetooth, an option which I was okay living without. The description indicated it replaced the VUR10, so I ordered one via Amazon from a company called MIMOTRON. At the time Vizparts was out of stock.
Shipping took 5 days and the remote arrived well packaged. Total cost $21.49.
First impressions I was ecstatic. Piano finish on front, flat finish on back, and a nice button layout.. It houses a shortcut to Netflix, Vudu, and Amazon, a Via button, and a 3d button.
My heart began to fall when I noticed that the battery compartment cover does not fit properly and feels easy to break, and the Via button sticks a little when pressed, but I was determined that this would be my answer and these little imperfections could be looked past.
But then I found some other things not so good. I do believe that I was so consumed with my savings I failed to notice it was NOT UNIVERSAL with no input control buttons (DVD, DVR, Cable, so forth.) I also failed to notice it did not come with a manual, due to there not being one at all, after an extensive online search for one, a manual simply doesn't exist.
Well, I first tried the power button and it worked, as well as, the Netflix, Vudu, and Amazon buttons. The entire front worked very well, including the Via button (a little sticky as noted.) I then set the remote to power on and control my Samsung Blu-ray Home Theatre through the audio settings found in the Vizio's menu options, this worked as well.
My next focus was the main reason for ordering. To be able to use the QWERTY keyboard to operate Youtube search and then use the front arrow buttons to select from the results. Well.... the QWERTY keyboard does NOT WORK with my XVT3D554SV. The only buttons to work is the o and the w, a problem also found when used with the XVT3D650SV as read in a review, on Amazon, by another customer.
Overall the design is great, but it is not a true across the board replacement for the VUR10. The only all-in-one option is the VUR10. This is terrible news, as the problem with them lies in a ribbon being too short and failing after multiple slides of the remote. After reading many current reviews and topics the VUR10 continues to fail, so Vizio has not fixed the ribbon issue.
Final thought.... my DIY fix.! I now have the XRV1TV 3D as my main remote. I have found that the QWERTY bottom half of the VUR10 operates fine without the upper half attached. So when I want to search Youtube I use the bottom half of the VUR10 to do so. I have stored away the upper half to reapply after I find out what that little ribbon is called, and I order one. It is not great, but it does the job, until we have a real remote to work with. Best of luck and happy viewing