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Universal Remote MX-450 Remote Control Review

by Frank McCaulley February 11, 2009
Universal Remote MX-450

Universal Remote MX-450

  • Product Name: MX-450 RF Remote Control
  • Manufacturer: Universal Remote Control
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStar
  • Review Date: February 11, 2009 10:26
  • MSRP: $ 249.99
  • *For your convenience, we've included a link to Amazon.com to buy this product. As an Amazon Associate, Audioholics.com benefits from qualifying purchases.

  • LCD Size: 2" TFT Color LCD (176 x 220 Pixels)
  • Size: 8" x 2.25" x 1.25" (H x W x D)
  • Weight: 9 ounces (with battery loaded)
  • Learning Capabilities: Standard frequencies (15kHz to 460kHz)
  • Macro Capabilities: Up to 255 steps each
  • Memory: 32 Megabits of Flash Memory.
    Total Customization Capability - Up to 18 devices on 3 Main pages with up to 8 pages for each device; plus up to eight pages of favorite channels for a total of 155 pages.
  • RF Freq: 418 MHz
  • Range: RF - Up to 100 feet when used with MRF-260, MRF-350 or MSC-400 RF Base stations
    IR (line of sight) - Up to 50 feet with fresh batteries.
  • Power Supply: Four AA Alkaline Batteries (included)
  • Warranty: 1 year parts & labor when purchased from an authorized dealer

Package Contents

  • MX-450 remote control
  • Batteries
  • Installation guide
  • 1-year limited hardware warranty


  • Solid build quality
  • Color LCD display
  • Quick, PC free set-up


  • Squeaky button(s)
  • LCD display is small
  • No recharging dock


Universal Remote has delivered PC free programming in a beautiful and solid package. With minimal time invested, a typical setup can be programmed in a matter of minutes. With little more than a couple of preferential problems, we can't help but recommend this as a great remote for the installer who requires on-site programmability without the use of a laptop.

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Recent Forum Posts:

ivseenbetter posts on April 09, 2009 12:45
Anybody know if this remote has the ability to use variables?
GlocksRock posts on February 12, 2009 11:51
Yeah, I guess I forgot about it's learning capabilities. If I get a cable box for my bedroom I'm going to also get a universal remote so I can go from 3 remotes to one. I don't mind having two right now, but I don't have enough room for 3, and I don't think I want to spend the money for a second Harmony One, so I'm considering a lower model Harmony, or one of the Universal Remotes.
Clint DeBoer posts on February 12, 2009 10:10
GlocksRock, post: 522825
I want to know if the Nyko Blue Wave is listed as a device, I know there would be no codes for the PS3 since it's all bluetooth.
I can't say whether it comes with a database entry for Nyko, but it's nearly irrelevant since it would take you approximately 5 minutes to learn the IR from the Nyko remote. These remotes learn quickly and easily. I'm glad you're using that - pretty cool device.
GlocksRock posts on February 12, 2009 08:53
I want to know if the Nyko Blue Wave is listed as a device, I know there would be no codes for the PS3 since it's all bluetooth.
Epetrone posts on February 11, 2009 23:19

I have just started programming my 980 and there is no ir codes for my IR2BT box. The PS3 is listed as a device but no codes. what i am planning on doing is learning all the commands from my Harmony 880 this way i have the exact same functionality that i am used to. In your case you could learn your codes as well. Hope this helps.
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