URC R40 "My Favorite Remote" Advanced Universal Remote Control
The Universal Remote Control company makes plenty of products, but the R40 model represents the "sweet spot" for most home entertainment systems. This model comes packed with all of the latest features, including a color OLED screen, on-board setup interface, and control over 18 devices. The bright OLED screen is flanked by six "soft buttons", each of which correspond to the displayed function. The R40 offers a "learn" mode that allows users to add to its database, and is easier to use thanks to graphical prompts that can walk users through the procedure. This model supports complex macro functions, and can be set up to turn on (or switch off) your entire home theater system with the press of a single button. "Copy and Paste" functionality is supported as well, which enables the remote to "copy" one volume command and "paste" them across your entire system. The backlit keys make low light usage infinitely easier, though the small-ish buttons require an adjustment period before users are completely comfortable. One feature that sets the R40 apart from the competition is its "Favorites" capability, which gives users the ability to map favorite channels to color-coded (and labeled) "My Favorites" buttons.