Philips TSU9400 Pronto Universal Remote Control (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- Philips TSU9400 Pronto Universal Remote Control
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p Ultra-thin with a stunning 3.5 inch QVGA color touch screen the Pronto TSU9400 is a hybrid of full functionality! It can blend into practically any modern interior with its designer looks and geometric aluminum and black gloss finishing. /p
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Be aware this remote takes time to set up and a reasonable level of tech savvy to program so you will need to be able to handle these tasks to set it up but once set up, anyone can operate any system easily using the programmed remote.
One of the two best electronic products I have owned (the other is my iPod touch) - and being a gadget freak I have owned many!
It is too bad Phillips no longer makes any of these, I don't know what I will do when if finally quits some day.
So, Buy this only if you want an $800+ paperweight.
And Amazon, stop selling these paperweights.
If the previous paragraph does not excite you, this is probably not a good device to buy on your own. Buy it through a home theater installer who can set it all up for you and you will save yourself tons of frustration. This is not a good device on which to learn the technical skills you'll need to get the most out of it.
With that caveat out of the way, two things prevent me from giving it five stars. The first is that it seems pretty fragile. I carry it very carefully in the non-carpeted areas of my house because it feels like it would shatter to pieces if I dropped it on a wood floor. The second is that the software only runs on Windows. Not a problem for most people but for Linux or Mac users like me it's a pain to have to boot Windows just to program the remote control.
By the way, my remote control had old firmware and old PC software when I took it out of the box. Be sure to visit the Philips web site and get the latest files; the software on both the PC and the remote is much-improved over what ships in the box. In particular, you'll need a recent firmware revision if your WiFi network uses WPA2 rather than WEP.
As for the unit's performance, I can't say enough. It's very easy to use, once you set it up to your liking. You're limited only by the logic in which you set it up. With the RF extender, I can easily operate any pieces of equipment without having to point it anywhere, without having to be in the media room itself. Even those pieces that I still just operate with IR capability, the radiation pattern of this remote is extremely wide, beyond 180 degrees. About 3 times over 6 months, the wireless link was lost between the remote and the extender, making it inoperable. A simple power recycle of the extender quickly solved the problem. That's the only problem we encountered.
Battery life and charging the unit is no problem. We simply use it all day and whenever it's not in use, we set it in the recharging cradle. Can't get much easier than that. The display is gorgeous and between the buttons you set up on the touch screen and those hard buttons below the screen, you have amazing flexibility to set up any functions you want. We've set up several redundant functions between hard and soft buttons to allow use without having to even look at the screen. The sky is the limit.
Highly recommend it if you can get past the priceyness. Then again, if you have already put a sizeable investment into your home theater, this is a worthwhile upgrade that will certainly add that "Wow" factor.