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Philips Pronto TSU-9600
1 Reviews
rating  4 of 5
MSRP  1300.00
Description: The Philips Pronto TSU9600 is a Universal Remote that incorporates Infrared, Radio Frequency, and WiFi. It has a combination of commonly used hard keys and a 3.7 inch VGA touch screen. Comes with rechargeable battery and illuminated docking station.


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Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:3
Submitted by Warren Peck a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: November 5, 2007

Bottom Line:   
While there is still not a universal remote that will wash my windows or bring me breakfast in bed, Philips is probably working on it. The pronto really will control almost anything that can be controlled by remote. The VGA touchscreen allows for complete customization to a users tastes, including custom graphics, text, button layout, and anything else you could think of. The most commonly used hard buttons are also intuitive to use and well layed out. It is also very rugged, as I am finding out through it being dropped on a hard tile floor numerous times, and it doesn't even show a scratch. This remote is not for the faint of heart, nor for the average consumer. The sticker price on this alone will deter many users, as at a suggested retail price of over $1000, it may cost more than some listeners entire systems. On the upside, the Pronto has the highest POTENTIAL WAF (Wife Acceptance Factor-assuming you don't tell her how much it cost) of any remote I have seen. The reason I say POTENTIAL is because it must be programmed correctly, and most likely the end user will NOT be the one to program it. While most universal remotes have 1 button macros to allow you to turn on the proper gear in the proper sequence, the TSU9600 goes even further, with a well marked icon on the screen that says "Watch TV", "Watch DVD", "Control Lights", etc. And, you can customize or change what it says or how it looks. You can add or delete or rename functions, macros, etc. to achieve exactly the remote you want. To give an example, if you are a big "Star Wars" fan, you could have a background of the Death Star for your home page, a background of Tatooine for your "Watch TV" page, sounds of lightsabres for activating macros, and make the on screen buttons look and beep like R2D2. The potential is almost as limitless as your imagination. The downside is that it really takes a fair amount of programming using a windows based PC, and may be best left to professionals if you are not very programming savvy. This remote can even be programmed to tell the weather forcast or play video games.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2006

Price Paid:    $800.00

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