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Acoustic Research ARRU449 - Universal remote control - infrared

Acoustic Research ARRU449 - Universal remote control - infrared
alaScore 74

46 reviews

Oct, 2014

  • No negative mentions yet

alaTest has collected and analyzed 46 reviews from magazines and websites. Reviews about the controls and design are on the whole positive. The reliability and usability are also mentioned favorably. There are some critical reviews about the value for money.

usability, reliability, design, controls

value for money

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Remote Controls the Acoustic Research ARRU449 - Universal remote control - infrared is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 74/100 = Good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Acoustic Research ARRU449 - Universal remote control - infrared

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 41 user reviews of Acoustic Research ARRU449 - Universal remote control - infrared from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 2.4/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Remote Controls on Amazon.com.

usability, reliability, controls

46% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the product: Acoustic Research ARRU449 Universal Smart Remote Control

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Acoustic Research ARRU449

 

The universal remote market is primarily dominated by Logitech's Harmony line, but there are plenty of people who--for one reason or another--don't like the Harmony's PC-programmable clickers. So it's nice to see some decent competition in the form of...

Universal remote with Wi-Fi connectivity; controls up to 255 devices; allows for activity-based automated macros; handy program guide displayed on built-in color screen; click365 service delivers weather, sports, and news straight to remote.

Device and activity setup is rough; remote is overly large and not terribly ergonomic; Wi-Fi features could've been better integrated into device setup; menu occasionally lags.

The Acoustic Research Universal Smart Remote works well once you've managed to set it up, but it cannot replace the easy-to-use experience with that of a Harmony remote.

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Acoustic Research ARRU449 Universal Wi-Fi Remote

 

This pricey remote is innovative, but it's not without flaws.

Color LCD screen, built-in Wi-Fi ; Automatically updates programming guide

Programming it can be time consuming ; Missing a backspace key

As with all universal remotes, you must teach the AR Remote to talk to your various devices. Start by selecting the device type (TV, DVR, and so on) and manufacturer, then cycle through the infrared control codes for each piece of gear until you find...

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Good try, but not quite

 

Great idea, but less than useful follow through.

Works on just about any device. Was able to get it to control multiple DirectTivos in the same room. Some of the Wifi features are cool, like the weather report. Just about any button can be customized independently for each device, or even assigned to...

Those well positioned buttons in the center of the control are for programming the remote and have nothing to do with operating your devices which of course is what you want to do 99% the time you are using the remote. For that you will have to use the...

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Not perfect, But pretty darn good

 

I dumped cable and get my HDTV over the air, so even though I could see what was on I needed to fire up my PC to look up what is on later. Not anymore, now I just check the remote and can even set a reminder so when what I want comes on it lights up...

Only Wi-Fi remote out there, great guide on the remote, even can send and receive email. Nice bright easy to read screen, buttons light up nice and bright, works just as advertised. Scroll the listings, get info on your show and if that's what you want...

A little time consuming to program, but most universal remotes are if you want them to do every function, buttons are on the small side. May be to complicated for the gadget novice.

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Support Not Good

 

Watch out for poor AR product support. It takes days for them to respond. When they do it's not helpful. And once porduct is out of warranty forget talking to them. They recommend buying a new one if yours breaks.

Looks nice

It's AR product

Product Specifications

Offering a unique combination of sophistication and simplicity, the Acoustic Research Smart Universal Remote controls a myriad of entertainment products and uses the home Wi-Fi network to deliver an Electronic Program Guide and personalized news, weather and sports headlines to the color LCD display. The ARRU449 from Audiovox Accessories functions seamlessly without wires and without a computer. The Smart Universal remote operates as "command central" for controlling a virtually unlimited number of entertainment components including DVRs, DVD players, cable and satellite receivers, DVD recorders, CD players, sound systems and more. When not in use, the remote rests in a custom-designed charging cradle that keeps it ready for operation at all times.

Display (Projector)

Type:LCD display

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Manufacturer:Audiovox
Model:ARRU449
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Acoustic Research

Remote Control

Supported Devices:Amplifier / AV receiver / CD player / DLP / LCD / plasma TV / DVD/DVR/VCR / Projector / Satellite or Cable / TV
Technology:Infrared
Type:Universal remote control
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