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Nic Wardle
2005-03-10, 12:50
Hi
I know its not actually to do with Squeezebox, but do any users have experience of the Pronto NG universal remote by philips? Especially with regard to using their SB with it?
I am looking for a "one-for-all" solution to the miriad of remotes I now have.
I remember some comments on the harmony remotes - but liked the look of this touch screen device....

Any comments/experiences welcomed!!

Nic

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Danny Rego
2005-03-10, 12:57
Just to get my 2 cents in....the Harmony 688 is an excellent remote, and for
the first time EVER, I have been using ONE REMOTE for 15 devices.

....and it's easy for the wife to use.

Danny Rego


----- Original Message -----
From: "Nic Wardle" <nic (AT) nwardle (DOT) freeserve.co.uk>
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Subject: [slim] Universal Remote - Philips Pronto NG


> Hi
> I know its not actually to do with Squeezebox, but do any users have
> experience of the Pronto NG universal remote by philips? Especially with
> regard to using their SB with it?
> I am looking for a "one-for-all" solution to the miriad of remotes I now
> have.
> I remember some comments on the harmony remotes - but liked the look of
> this touch screen device....
>
> Any comments/experiences welcomed!!
>
> Nic
>
> --
>
> Whatever you Wanadoo:
> http://www.wanadoo.co.uk/time/
>
> This email has been checked for most known viruses - find out more at:
> http://www.wanadoo.co.uk/help/id/7098.htm
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Jeffrey Gordon
2005-03-10, 13:01
Nic Wardle wrote:
> Hi
> I know its not actually to do with Squeezebox, but do any users have experience of the Pronto NG universal remote by philips? Especially with regard to using their SB with it?
> I am looking for a "one-for-all" solution to the miriad of remotes I now have.
> I remember some comments on the harmony remotes - but liked the look of this touch screen device....
>
> Any comments/experiences welcomed!!
>
> Nic
>
I have not used the NG, however I did use the Pronto TSU-1000 for a few
years. I HATED it and only used it for so long because I felt obligated
to give it a try. Biggest problem is a touchscreen interface is the
WORST interface for a remote control. I currently have a Harmony 680
and think it is the best remote I have used. My wife also loves the
Harmony, and she had even stronger feelings against the Pronto.


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Thomas B. Malsbury
2005-03-10, 13:29
Danny Rego wrote:

>
> ----- Original Message ----- From: "Nic Wardle"
> <nic (AT) nwardle (DOT) freeserve.co.uk>
>
>> Hi
>> I know its not actually to do with Squeezebox, but do any users have
>> experience of the Pronto NG
>> universal remote by philips? Especially with regard to using their SB
>> with it?
>> I am looking for a "one-for-all" solution to the miriad of remotes I
>> now have.
>> I remember some comments on the harmony remotes - but liked the look
>> of this touch screen device....
>>
>> Any comments/experiences welcomed!!
>>
>> Nic
>
> Just to get my 2 cents in....the Harmony 688 is an excellent remote,
> and for the first time EVER, I have been using ONE REMOTE for 15 devices.
>
> ...and it's easy for the wife to use.
>
> Danny Rego

I would have to agree that the Harmony 688 has far exceeded my
expectations. I found the web based programing easy to use, and very
customizable. They already had the SlimDevices remote on record, but
the buttons were mapped in an odd configuration. It was very easy to go
in and reassign functions to the buttons I thought more naturally
represented. I was even able to map codes that hadn't been assigned to
any key yet such as "Sleep" and "Brightness". I also like how the "One
Touch" buttons can split the remote functions. I press "Play Music" and
my SLIMP3 comes on, the Receive comes on and switches to the correct
input. The remote then controls the SLIMP3 with all the assigned keys,
but I chose to have the volume mapped to the Receiver. I have is setup
similarly for the cable box and my ReplayTV. All volume commands are run
through the receive when in the "One Touch" mode, but I can still
control the volume of any component when I explicitly pick that device.

I did have the first one I purchased quite on me after about 9 months.
I contacted Logitech customer support, and they ran through a few test
with me and determined that it was a hardware failure and apologized and
rushed me out a new one. Within 48 hours a new one was sitting on my
front step with a return package to ship the defective one back. A week
later I got an email confirming that the unit I returned was defective
and that they considered the matter resolved. It literally to 30
minutes of my time to resolve the problem. I can only think of
SlimDevices as a company that I have had better support from.

If you are really into a remote that has more of a display then the
Harmony 688 or 680 then you may want to hold out for the new Harmony 880

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/detailsharmony/US/EN,CRID=2084,CONTENTID=9933

It seems to do away with my one complaint about the 688, the small
rubbery buttons around the perimeter of the display.

Tom Malsbury

Jeff Allison
2005-03-10, 13:40
Nic Wardle wrote:
> Hi
> I know its not actually to do with Squeezebox, but do any users
> have experience of the Pronto NG universal remote by philips
> ? Especially with regard to using their SB with it?
> I am looking for a "one-for-all" solution to the miriad of
> remotes I now have. I remember some comments on the harmony
> remotes - but liked the look of this touch screen device....

I don't have an NG, but I have used an older Pronto for several years.
It works fine with the SB. In fact there are a couple of CCF files on
Slim's website: <http://slimdevices.com/dev_plugins.html#remotes> More
CCF files can be found at remotecentral.com.

As others have pointed out, the touchscreen is not an ideal remote
control interface. It's great for flexibile programming, but you don't
get any tactile feedback from it. Couple that with the fact that the SB
processes remote control buttons on the server side, resulting in a
variable delay, and you can encounter some frustration.

- Jeff

> Any comments/experiences welcomed!!
>
> Nic
>