There doesn't seem to be much information about this remote so i thought i'd start an official thread about it. I've been using an MX-500 for about 6 years and i love it, but i've tried several other fancy remotes in that time (Sony, Philips, a few different Harmonys, etc) but none of them turned out to be as flexible and useful as the MX-500 so i always went back to the MX-500. A few months ago i finally tried their R50 remote for about a week and functionally it looked like it could be a replacement for my MX-500, but i didn't like the feel of it nor it's design so i returned it.
Then a month ago after reading some positive reviews on Amazon i bought the new R40 and after using it for the past month i have finally found a remote that i like better than my MX-500. The R40 is a 2011 model and it appears to be the replacement for their 2008 R50. It's functionally very similar to the older R50 (albeit with some distinct differences) but the R40 has better ergonomics and looks and feels more like a professional remote. The R40 seems to use the same case as their professional MX-780 and TRC-780 models. It feels really solid and the buttons have a nice tactile feel and respond with a soft click. When it's sitting on my desk it doesn't rock or capsize when i press the buttons along the edges - it just stays planted.
Programming it manually was easy and fun but i recommend for advanced users of learning remotes that instead of using this remote's clunky time-consuming method of trying and testing possibly dozens of pre-programmed codes in the hope of finding one that properly fits your device, i think it's better to just skip using their pre-programmed code method and just manually custom-teach the R40 directly from your devices' original remotes and create your own custom function screen for each device. I spent a lot of time trying several different built-in codes and could never find a device scene that matched my devices' original remotes (they have 62 codes for Onkyo receivers for instance) so after trying dozens of different codes to no avail (not just on my Onkyo, but also on my DVD Recorder and Panasonic Plasma) i decided to just punt and manually teach it for all my devices and create my own function icons on my device screens. In the end, this was faster and i ended up with each device screen being custom-tailored to my exact needs.
Once i got all my devices created and working perfectly, i created several macros to tie it all together and it's all working flawlessly.
Edit - there is also a nice thread about the R40 over at Remote Central:
Edited by RandyWalters - 1/19/13 at 4:19pm