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I am looking to buy a universal remote for between $100-$150. I have been looking at the X10 iconRemote. It has a feature that let's you surf through your favorite channels. Has anyone used it? Any other recommendations?
 

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Do you have the Icon Remote already or are you still in the process of deciding what to get? What other remotes have you looked at?
 

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I don't have an iconRemote yet. I have mainly looked at the Sony RMAX4000, the Harmony 550, and the iconRemote. The sony looks like it's not very user-friendly at all. I like the Harmony OK, but I would prefer not to have to hook it to a computer to program it.
 

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I don't have an iconRemote yet. I have mainly looked at the Sony RMAX4000, the Harmony 550, and the iconRemote. The sony looks like it's not very user-friendly at all. I like the Harmony OK, but I would prefer not to have to hook it to a computer to program it.

You see, now I'm confused. If you don't have the remote yet, why did you say that it's awesome in this other post of yours...

http://www.hifi-remote.com/forums/vi...?p=55643#55643

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The iconRemotes are back on sale now. I got one a couple of days ago and it is awesome! The favorite channel feature is pretty cool. I can answer any questions about it.
 

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Harmony 880
 

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I have a 880, I really like it for the most part, push a button and things just work


The button placement could be better as most of the number buttons and things are low and your moving fingers all over the place to do things like editing commercials out with my recorder. The factory remote has better button grouping for that function. I can add or delete buttons/functions pretty easily and it can take a ton of commands and learn new ones as well.

I bought another one for my parents for x-mas and after a few teething pains they never call me anymore because they can't figure out how to turn on the av system and play a dvd or something


They now love it and my life is much easier.

They do tend to have a problem with the charging cradle, but you can work at it till it works or get them to send you a updated one if it's a problem for yours.

The icons really do make it easier for most folks to figure out what button to push to make something happen too.
 

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Just to clarify:


All harmony remotes function the same. I mean they all control your equipment the same when setup.


The only differences are:

The layout

The screen

Rechargeable vs. Non-rechargeable


So if you are simply looking for a remote that will control everything and don't care about "wow factor" then go for the cheapest harmony that feels right in your hand.
 

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Are there any other remotes out there in this price range where you don't need to hook them to a computer to set them up?
 

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- Maybe the Icon remote's back button is really a time travel button.

Yeah, it's actually one of the only remotes in its class to be designed with a built-in flux capacitor.
 

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Are there any other remotes out there in this price range where you don't need to hook them to a computer to set them up?

Why would you want this? IT is always more complicated to button program a remote
 

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Originally Posted by poormanq45 /forum/post/0


Just to clarify:


All harmony remotes function the same. I mean they all control your equipment the same when setup.


The only differences are:

The layout

The screen

Rechargeable vs. Non-rechargeable


So if you are simply looking for a remote that will control everything and don't care about "wow factor" then go for the cheapest harmony that feels right in your hand.

Thank you for simplifying the differences in a concise manner.



When viewing in the dark, does a color screen have an advantage over a non color one?
 

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Are there any other remotes out there in this price range where you don't need to hook them to a computer to set them up?

After buying a Harmony 676 that couldn't do everything i wanted it to do, i picked up a Universal MX-500 learing remote and within an hour i had it all set up to control all of my A/V equipment. Within a few days i created Macros to do other stuff. It's a full-on learing remote and it worked out flawlessly.


Lots of people love the Harmonys, but i had nothing but trouble with the irritatingly clunky software and in the end it still couldn't control all my stuff. The MX-500 does.


It's about $80 on Amazon and EBay.
 

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Why would you want this? IT is always more complicated to button program a remote

I'm sure there are tons of people who would agree with you. But, I've always tended to shy away from things that relied too heavily on computers-- I don't deposit paychecks by way of ATM and I don't buy things over the internet. I may be in the minority here, but I'm sure there are still others who feel similarly. Besides, in regards to the Harmony remotes, it's not just the fact that a computer is needed in order to set the thing up, but from what I understand, you must also setup some sort of online account...? In all honesty, I'd rather just skip that whole process.
 

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I'm sure there are tons of people who would agree with you. But, I've always tended to shy away from things that relied too heavily on computers-- I don't deposit paychecks by way of ATM and I don't buy things over the internet. I may be in the minority here, but I'm sure there are still others who feel similarly. Besides, in regards to the Harmony remotes, it's not just the fact that a computer is needed in order to set the thing up, but from what I understand, you must also setup some sort of online account...? In all honesty, I'd rather just skip that whole process.

Hey man, I feel ya. I'm not really big on computers either. Someone mentioned the iconremote? That time-travelling back button sounds like it could come in handy. I've never heard of X10 though. Anybody know anything about it?
 

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I'm sure there are tons of people who would agree with you. But, I've always tended to shy away from things that relied too heavily on computers-- I don't deposit paychecks by way of ATM and I don't buy things over the internet. I may be in the minority here, but I'm sure there are still others who feel similarly. Besides, in regards to the Harmony remotes, it's not just the fact that a computer is needed in order to set the thing up, but from what I understand, you must also setup some sort of online account...? In all honesty, I'd rather just skip that whole process.

What do you do about new codes?


This is the biggest advantage of a computer programmed remote.


Lets say you have a brand new Samsung DLP. You also have had a MX-500 for three years.


You can teach the buttons from the original remote. The problem is that the original remote doesn't have direct input selection buttons! So no discrete input codes.


The New online database does have discretes for the new samsung DLP.


Make sense?


That's the advantage.


-brien
 

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I'm sure there are tons of people who would agree with you. But, I've always tended to shy away from things that relied too heavily on computers-- I don't deposit paychecks by way of ATM and I don't buy things over the internet.

- I'm not sure why people are so paranoid about purchasing over the internet. It's easier for a waiter or waitress to steal your credit card information. I've been buying things online since 1995 and have never had one problem.


As for the Harmony account, there is nothing to steal. You don't register a credit card and you don't have to enter personal information. You probably entered more personal information settings up an AVS account.
 
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