Philips TSU7000 Universal Remote Control (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Universal touch screen remote control with 3.8-inch TFT LCD display
- Pre-installed codes for more than 800 brands; learns new codes as system changes
- Digital user interface lets user add, delete, and personalize buttons and functions
- 32 MB internal memory for creating large custom configurations
- Ergonomic design with 1-hand operation; includes PC software package
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The Philips Pronto TSU7000 Universal Remote Control is so intelligent that it can take control of your entire home-theater component system. Imagine just one remote taking the place of 4 or more. With built-in memory and programmable macro functions, control is refined to the point that everything is just a simple action, a mere extension of thought. It's that easy. Pre-installed product codes with user friendly on-screen setup Macros allow you to execute a sequence of commands at the touch of one button With unlimited functionality, you can customize macros for every situation Integrated rechargeable battery recharges in supportive base A wise investment for supreme home-theater pleasure One year manufacturers limited exchange warranty
From the Manufacturer
The TSU7000 ProntoPro universal remote control goes well beyond the borders of your imagination. The device features an incorporated TFT display with touch screen technology that allows users to control their TVs, DVD players, satellite receivers, stereo systems, and more. The screen offers the best readability on the market, and its 64,000 colors allow users to be as creative as they want to be. Unlike most remote controls, which are limited to a certain number of components and/or functions, the ProntoPro's unparalleled design combines the benefits of a dynamic digital user interface with direct access buttons. It's easy to add, delete, and label new buttons or menus, letting users customize the remote according to individual needs and tastes. Users can also set up, change, and personalize the user interface with any number of components.
In combination with the ProntoProEdit software package (with a free download at www.pronto.philips.com), users can create state-of-the-art configurations. The device offers a 32 MB memory capacity, which is big enough to implement any type of user interface with custom button colors, channel icons, and background colors.
The ProntoPro can control virtually any infrared (IR) device and comes with pre-installed codes for more than 800 brands. It can also learn new brands and even grow in functionality as your system changes to accommodate new components. Plus, with IR/RF compatibility, the device can control infrared devices in cabinets or other rooms with the simple addition of an RF extender.
- Single solution for any device and brand
- Extensive universal infrared code database
- Learns any infrared code from another remote by simply pointing at the device
- Future-proof, upgradeable software
- Radio frequency for devices not in line of sight via RF extender
- Fully customizable user interface
- PC software helps design your remote's functions
- Creates macros that perform multiple commands with 1 button
- 64,000-color TFT LCD screen for extensive graphical capabilities
- 32 MB of memory enables creation of large custom configuration files
- Ergonomic design with 1-hand operation
- Keys assignable to the most frequently used functions
- Large 3.8-inch LCD touch screen display
- Compatible with Windows 98 SE, Me, 2000, and XP
What's in the Box
ProntoPro remote, Ni-MH rechargeable battery pack, CD-ROM with ProntoProEdit software, USB cable, user's manual.
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Purchased second-hand, it did not help that the unit arrived without any printed documentation, nor that the information was not available on the manufacturer's website. There is, however, a terrific internet resource for almost all things having to do with home theater remotes - [...]. There may be others, but I stopped here because it had all that I needed.
That having been said - This is not a remote for the faint of heart. The manufacturer's user guide is over 50 pages, and the (very useful) review and guide from remotecentral is over thirty. Although the results were very satisfying, programming this remote to use my six components (Flat screen, DVR, Cable box, Receiver, Computer, DVD) took the better part of three weekends. Admittedly, there's a lot of learning and tinkering time in there, but one of the cool things is being able to use logos (bitmaps) as buttons - there are a lot of them already available, and you can make your own.
The color screen is very clear - a significant step up from the B&W version, and the mix of completely configurable hard and touch screen buttons gives you endless possibilities. While you can configure this remote on it's own, you'll really want to use the PC-based configuration program (also available from remotecentral).
What can I say? This remote features a beautiful backlit screen and the windows software to make custom layouts for this remote is easy to use. I have used some templates that can be found on the Internet and created a very user friendly and pretty to look at interface.
The remote is being used to control my Pioneer Plasma (PDP5050HD), Pioneer Elite DVD Player (59AVi), Yamaha Receiver, Toshiba SVHS, Pioneer Laserdisc player, DirecTV HD Tivo and X-10 lighting.
This remote is much more configurable and programmable than the Sony remote which it replaced. I also find the strength of the signal the remote sends is enough to get through the perforated steel doors of my TV\Audio Rack.
One drawback to this remote are that there is no different feel for the channel, mute and volume buttons that run up and down the side. I often end up hitting the wrong button. Another drawback is that the unit sometimes can take a little longer than would be expected to change the page you are viewing on it. Another potential problem is the plastic side where the channel\volume hard buttons are. The plastic feels a little flimsy. I can feel the plastic moving when I hold the remote or push in on the side.
Overall this is a great remote that can be programmed to control any IR source. It has replaced 9 remotes for me so a universal remote in a setup like mine is a no-brainer. It also allowed for me to make custom GUI's and macros so that my girlfriend can more easily control the home theatre system.
One last comment, [...] host a wealth of information about this remote and many files that you can download to aid in the programming of the remote.
ProntoPro can be programmed via the touch screen but you will be greatly limited as to its capabilities. If computers aren't friendly to you, either buy this remote from a local dealer that will program it for your home theater setup or be pared to spend quite a bit of time at your computer programming it. Yes, you can have it 'up and running' in a short time but most likely this will only wet your appetite for more refinement in programming.
The great thing about this remote is how you can customize it in so many ways no matter if there is few or many components to your HT system. Program the ProntoPro to turn on/off all of your HT components with the touch of ONE button. If the kids want to play a Nintendo game and have it in surround sound you would have to set your TV input, and set your AV Receiver input.
Then when you wanted to watch a movie there is several more functions that you would normally have to perform by a few different remotes to do so. The ProntoPro can be programmed to carry out multiple functions with one button press. This is the most loved feature for my wife and me.
In customizing the display, graphics can be downloaded from various web sites devoted to remote controls or make your dazzling work of art using third party software.
Control almost anything that can be controlled by infrared signals. Can be used with RF signals but I haven't as yet had any first hand experience with it. Control room lighting, curtains, fans, and etc., nearly anything that uses a IR remote.
Remote comes preprogrammed with a basic program for many features but it will need to be set for your particular components. Doing all of this sounds a bit daunting but if taken a bit at a time can be learned and improved.
The manual has many pages but doesn't get into much of the deeper programming that you may want to attempt. There are third party manuals for this on the internet that can be found.
The remote isn't as light as a feather. It is thicker than any remote I've used to date. My wife and I still at times use our regular remote for flipping through channels on the digital cable because it is lighter/thinner and has buttons that you don't need to look at to navigate with. So the beautiful flat display on the ProntoPro has many good points but still there is that lack of feeling a button for navigation. Although there is the basic Channel up/down, mute, volume up/down, and other hard navigation buttons on the remote that can be custom programmed as can be seen in the picture.
This remote, when programmed properly, makes operating a HT simple. This is great for anyone who doesn't want to sit down to eight different remote controls to switch between. Watching a DVD movie, cable TV, video game, and etc. should be relaxing, not an aggravation. Many older people or those technically challenged will like using it, IF it is programmed for ease of operation.
I bought our ProntoPro in Nov 2004 for about $450 from an internet site. Try looking at pricegrabber.com. It was a refurbished unit but works and looks perfect. The retail price seemed a bit much at first but knowing now what I do, it would be worth every penny. I'm planning on buying another one as a gift for my parents to use in their HT.
I rated this remote at 5 stars in spite of any negatives I mentioned because if how good it does what it is supposed to do, that is to make simple operation what was once unorganized chaos.