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All this kludginess and 5 stars? Yes.
on December 7, 2017
This is that old dodge dart with the straight-six under the hood. It's not fashionable. It's maybe even embarrassing to be seen with. It's a bit hard to get into gear. But it just plain works. My mom was constantly hitting the wrong button on the old 1000 button remote. The TV would switch ports and she would have no idea why.
It took a bit to get programmed. I chose to take advantage of the "favorites" feature which locks you into I think about 30 channels. It's a long manual process. No bells and whistles.When I was done there were no more "you don't have this channel" messages for my mom to click through. And 30 or so channels is plenty of TV.
The usability is a bit Kludgy. This is due to my cable box and can't be blamed on the controller. The favorites feature sends a code with the next favorite channel followed by a carriage return character to the cable box. My cable box (Cablevision) does not support the carriage returrn so you have to patiently click and wait about 1.5 seconds for the channel to change. If you get frustrated and click several times, the remote will just send more numbers and the cable box will be trying to go to channel "2345" or something. I thought this would trip up mom but it did not.
The on off button is also kludgy. Sometimes it turns on the TV but not the cable box and sometimes vice-versa. Amazingly though, if you click it again it works. I can't explain this. My mind tells me it should fall into a pattern of TV=ON, Cable=OFF then TV=OFF, Cable=ON once you get into that bad situation. But...It doesn't. It fixes itself and I don't know why.
All this kludginess and 5 stars? Why? Because just like that old dodge dart. Once you get the hang of it's few quirks, it just plain works !
My mom complains about it every time I see her. But.... She uses it every day and she has not called me about a broken TV since I bought her this.
One last thing. I added a tiny screw to the slide-off cover that hides the programming buttons. It's a tiny screw - literally like 1/8" long. This keeps my mom from getting curious about what's inside and I'm sure has prevented her from breaking the programming.