August 15, 2008 by Arlen Schweiger
Home theater remote controls can get in on the “wow factor” action too. With the cool graphics and LED-backlit LCD screen, you might not want to put the new MX-450 from Universal Remote Control down.
The new model is part of the company’s pro series, so it’s meant for your custom installer to program, personalize and teach you how to use. As an entry-level model, though, the MX-450 is pretty low on price and big on special effects.
One of the keys for ease of use on this slick remote is the programming itself, with which URC’s MacroEdit requires no PC or Internet connection and allows an installer to program and tweak macro commands right on the screen of the remote.
It’s a pretty snazzy looking screen, too, being a 2-inch LCD color display of 176 x 220 pixels with LED backlighting so you have no problem seeing and reading the bright graphics in the complete darkness of your theater. URC’s PowerSaver functionality lets the LCD operate at maximum efficiency as well.
How’s the control, you ask? You can have up to 18 devices programmed and customized on three main pages (with up to eight pages for each device). For watching TV, you can have channel logos for up to 48 favorites (up to eight pages of channels). That’s on top of those macro commands, which can be as complex as 255 steps each.
RF range on the MX-450 is up to 100 feet when used with MRF-260, MRF-350 or MSC-400 RF Base stations, and IR line-of-sight range is up to 50 feet.
The ergonomic design and slim dimensions of 8 x 2.25 x 1.25 inches will have you in comfortable and complete command of your theater or media room in no time. MSRP on the MX-450 is $249, and it’s available now, so start making a list of your favorite channels.
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