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4.0 out of 5 stars The best multi-remote I have owned, 15 Jan. 2013
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This review is from: One For All URC 7140 Essence 4 Universal remote (Accessory)
I have owned quite a few multi-remotes over the years, including the One-For-All brand, but this is the model I am most happy with.

The weight, balance and styling combine to give this a quality feel that is indeed superior to most of the original device remotes that it replaces (why do manufacturers of otherwise excellent products let themselves down with either clumsy or flimsy remotes?). The unit was programmed up to my devices very easily. However I have learned from experience that a learning function is essential. There are always some buttons that do not work or are not where you want them, and the learning function worked reliably and allowed me to quickly customise the layout as I wanted it.

An extra feature which I like is the master volume control. When this is selected it means the volume buttons will only control one of the devices regardless of which mode you are actually in. No longer do I find the TV set to maximum volume because the satellite box is set too low, only to then blast the room with sound when I play a DVD! Yes you could set this up yourself using the learning function, but having it as a built in feature is helpful.

One small criticism - I prefer having an explicit button for each mode: TV/DVD/Satellite etc. With this unit you have to press the single "mode" button repeatedly until the required device LED lights up.

Overall though a good buy - not the cheapest, but well worth paying a few pounds extra for.

Late update: After 12 months or so the colour has pretty much rubbed off the coloured buttons (the red/blue/green/yellow "teletext" buttons). This is something of an annoyance, caused by painting the colour onto the plastic buttons rather than using coloured plastic.
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