on January 23, 2014
I have programmed Pronto TSU6000 remotes in the past and liked the setup program, I knew this was a non-touchscreen remote and expected it to be less configurable. I figured out how to add my own devices to the database and learned all the IR codes, I created my own Activity 66x50 pixel icons and setup all my devices. While it operates my equipment, I am not a fan of the tiny buttons and the wheel makes using the directional buttons more difficult. Having to use another program to add devices to your database seems lame to me. With the PC adaptor setup I can control either iTunes, Windows Media Player or windows Media Center on my Windows 7 machine
I bought this remote because of the really cheap price and I knew in advance that Pronto remotes are no longer being made so I expected the database to be out of date, you can add any device you want in the Dashboard program so I was not worried. The software runs on Windows XP so if you don't have an XP computer you are out of luck.
I have a URC MX-980 for my living room remote but I wasn't willing to spend $400 to get a second one, would I buy this remote if I had to do it again, No. I would get one of the cheaper URC remotes seeing I already have the CCP programming software for them.
This remote could have been much better in my opinion if it had larger keys, buttons on the side of the screen instead of a wheel and
A better display screen that was a little larger. The two way media control is a nice feature but standard wifi would have been much better and allowed you to control more stuff. My problem with the wheel is it makes it harder to use the menu keys and you can't pick what function you want by feel, you have to look at the remote and scroll up or down to pick a function, If they had used buttons to the side of the screen you could remember what each button did and find them by feel. None of this matters anymore because Philips discontinued the Pronto line of remotes.
I am just a D.I.Yer but I have programmed Nevo, Pronto And URC remotes so the software wasn't to difficult to figure out.
on October 22, 2009
For the price this seemed like a deal that was "too good to be true" . . . it was . . . I am very experienced with RTI and Nevo remotes, but had shied away from the touch-pad only Pronto because of its lack of hard buttons. I thought the new hard button Prontos looked promising, so, when I saw the Amazon price for the TSU9200, it seemed like the opportune time to try out my first one. Build quality was on par with other remotes in its price range (Harmony, URC). . . nice, but nothing great . . . the charger seemed a little bit finicky (you have to make sure that the remote is sitting properly which can get really annoying) . . .the gloss plastic seemd like a mistake, but since I never got to use it, I really can't say one way or the other. One thing I really appreciated . . . IT WAS NOT MADE IN CHINA!!!
The problem . . . I got two (2) defective remotes in a row . . . J&R (the actual seller) took about a week to swap the first one which had "locked-up" the first time I downloaded a configuration . . . there is no programmer master reset on the thing, so there was no way to fix it (talked to two different Pronto techs for about an hour each . . .they agreed that it was defective). After receiving the second remote, I loaded a much simpler configuration (just the control for one receiver) to make sure that the problem wasn't with the configuration . . . did exactly the same thing. Back it went for a refund.
I was really looking forward to trying-out a Pronto . . . disappointed. Went out the next day and got a new Nevo . . . couldn't be happier.
on August 27, 2009
I purchased the TSU9200 and like many others previously had the Logitech Harmony. While researching new remotes, I came across the Philips TSU 9200, was impressed with the looks and the styling, and the description provided for the remote. Thought I would give it a try. I received the remote, downloaded the updated software and firmware and proceeded to program. Here is where the problems began. Could not find any of my codesets initially, so I went to the philips site (royal philips actually) and downloaded the new database code. Updated the remote and configuration and nothing would work. Keep getting configuration error. DAY 2- Try to reinstall everything back to its original status ginally get a watch tv program set up and realize that there is no way to switch to individual components. YOU GOTTA BE KIDDING ME. There are only controls for the macro watch tv. Cannot use tv volume only radio volume. This remote makes the harmony remote look fabulous. The cheapest harmony beats this by far, easier set up, larger and easily understandable code database, individual remote controls not just macros. I think I was wowed that I could get this for 190 bucks, instead of the 249 I paid for the harmony. Big mistake. I wish the harmony was not built as shabbily as it is, I would have bought another initially, now it looks like I will be going back anyway.
on July 18, 2008
My Harmony 880 remote died recently due to the infamous battery charging issue. Anyways, as I was researching a replacement for the 880, I came across the Philips TSU9200. First impressions were "Wow, this a stunning piece of equipment!". It also had all of the features I was looking for, i.e. activity based commands, ability to learn new IR commands, customizable (more on this later), rechargeable battery, and reasonable price. I was excited when I received the remote. Aesthetically, it is a truly a beautiful remote (kudos to the designer)! My research had told me that there was some legwork to be put in to get the remote to work properly, but I didn't realize how much. So, I loaded the Pronto Configurator, the software that you use to configure the device and connected the remote to my computer via the USB connection. Similar to the Harmony 880, there is a default device database. I entered my equipment in - most of my equipment was found in the database, except for, ironically, my Philips DVP-5960 DVD player. I started setting up my activities... I really like the 'Test' function in the software that let's you test the remote commands with the remote still connected to the computer. I recommend, if you are configuring this remote, to connect it to a computer that is close your equipment or to a laptop. I had a little trial and error since not all of the default codesets are tied to a descriptive equipment name as with the Harmony remotes (i.e. instead of 'ReplayTV 5504', I had to figure out that it was 'ReplayTV: Codeset 0643'). Of course, I also misplaced my Philips DVD remote. The Philips DVD player codeset was nearly impossible to find. I searched for about an hour for a suitable codeset. Nothing on the Philips Pronto site. I finally found a usable set on remotecentral.com but I had to extract it out of an existing CCF configuration file - that was time consuming. Ok, so I get it configured to a point where I think the remote will function properly. The update of the remote is really quite quick - much faster than the Harmony process. I click on the 'Watch TV' activity that I've set up, great, TV turns on, ReplayTV turns on, Tuner works, Inputs switched. Next, I click on the 'Watch DVD' activity, DVD turns on, TV input doesn't switch right from Component to HDMI. Ok, no biggie. But, I notice that the ReplayTV is still on! I expected it to shut the ReplayTV off and turn on the DVD player, just like my Harmony used to do. Hmmm, ok, I re-hookup the remote to my computer. A little research later.... oh, my DVD player, ReplayTV, CD player, and cable set top box only have a Power Toggle option that defaults for the equipment - not a Power On and Power Off action. For those of you who are used to your remote switch from activity to activity while shutting down the previous activity, this is a problem. Since a Power Toggle cannot determine the state of the equipment, i.e. whether it is currently turned on or turned off, if you are switching from activity to activity, the remote won't be able to effectively turn on/off your equipment. It's not as simple as clicking on 'Device' as you would with the Harmony remote, selecting the device, and clicking on a Power action. You need to set all that up as well! Ok, I'm thinking, there must be discrete codes for Power On and Power Off for my equipment somewhere on the internet. I spent 3 hours locating the discrete codes for the majority of my equipment, downloading hex editors, hex converters, CCF disassemblers, sorting through CCF configuration files, testing and retesting. I still don't have it the way I'd like it configured. And the missing discrete codes for some of my equipment almost makes it impossible for this remote to function properly!! I'm sure I could spend another night to figure out how to make it all work, but what happened to ease of use? I miss my one-click Harmony, click 'Watch TV', my TV comes on, ReplayTV on, Tuner on, I flip over to 'Watch DVD', my ReplayTV shuts down, my DVD turns on, I hit 'Power Off', everything shuts off.
5 hours later of fiddling with this thing, I'm on the verge of returning it and just getting another Harmony 880. Bottom line, the remote is very nicely designed from an aesthetic standpoint. The software is intuitive, fairly flexible. The programming logic (or lack thereof) will make this remote challenging to set up correctly (i.e. the remote doesn't remember your previous activity and knows what state your equipment is in so that when you select another activity, it can determine which devices it needs to turn on/off). The seemingly impossible to find discrete codes that make this remote usable was an utter disappointment. If your equipment doesn't support discrete codes, at least for Power On and Power Off, I think you are going to have some real problems using this remote.