ProntoPro Color Programmable Remote Control
There's nothing more annoying than having a separate remote for every piece of gear in an A/V system. Some come with universal features to help consolidate, but few live up to the expectations of serious users. The Pronto line of remotes has offered a powerful solution with their fully programmable features. Not only can the keys be programmed for specific functions that can be the same or different than the original, the whole display can be fully customized with any combination of buttons in multi-menu hierarchy. We took the ultimate Philips ProntoPro for a test drive by programming our entire A/V system into this one remote. The end result was impressive with a single remote capable of controlling every aspect of our complex home theater system.
The Philips ProntoPro remote control utilizes the Motorola MC68328 DragonBall processor and features a 256 color LCD touchscreen, 8MB of memory, RF transmission and a pickup sensor that activates the screen when the unit is moved. The docking station automatically charges the internal NiMH battery. The unit snaps in nicely to the base station avoiding a poor connection. A built-in universal database supports over 500 brands in 13 different device categories. This extensive database covers almost all current products on the market. If not, the remote has the capability to learn any command from any remote using the built-in IR reader. Five buttons on the right side of the unit hold the Mute, Volume Up, Volume Down, Channel Up and Channel Down. The left side of the remote has a contrast control and the backlight button. The lower part of the ProntoPro has four programmable button defined by the menus. Virtually unlimited macro capability produces many sequential commands with a single button push. For example, one macro button can turn on the TV, receiver and DVD player and start playing the disc.
If you would rather not customize every panel, the Pronto software has templates that can be used to simplify commonly used functions found on most remotes. For example, CD players will have Stop, Play, Pause, Track+, Track-, Scan+, Scan-, etc. These can be found on the predefined panels, all of which can be modified by the user if needed.
The Proto and ProntoPro remotes have become so popular over the years that manufactures are now providing full interface files (CCF) for their products. This allows the user to download the predefined panel(s) to operate equipment without having to spend the time to create the panel from scratch. The user can also easily modify the predefined panel to suit their personal preferences.
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