Summary: I couldn't find a remote code for the Insignia reciever I had just bought. So I shopped for a learning remote and found this Sony. It comes with a vast amount of codes already programmed in, but if it's not, the learning process is quick and easy. I set all my equipment up on this in about an hour including macros. Only drawback is the buttons are a little hard to see with no backlighting, but for a learning remote, you can't beat the low price.. it's not even close.
Summary: Things Great about it: Easily adapts to some creative programming . Better than units selling at 7 times the price , such as Logitech . Uses only 2 "AA batteries which last a year of normal use (Claimed). Things that are not great: Only one thing observed in 1 week of use- It does not seem to handle source "Input " changes by a series of multiple Input commands even with timing spacing per manual . Maybe I can deal with this in a different manner.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Program, Easy To Set Up, Ergonomic Design, Nice Button Configuration, Nice Features
Summary: The RM-VL610B is possibly the most versatile and cost effect remote on the market today; easily comparable to those costing hundreds. One of the biggest pluses, you do not have to mess with the internet or a computer to make this remote do its magic. Most remotes have a severe shortage of "transport buttons" leaving you in a bind to do all you want with the more sophisticated DVR's on the market.
Pros: Easy To Program, Easy To Set Up, Ergonomic Design, Nice Button Configuration, Nice Features
Summary: We only programmed the remote for 2 components, a Sony TV and a Scientific Atlanta cable box. The programming was very easy using the codes in the manual. The remote seems to work very well for our needs. It has a nice weight to it. Some of the buttons are rather small and have kind of a "squishy" feel to them.
Pros: Easy To Program, Nice Button Configuration, Nice Features