Latest Pronto remote is ‘Lite’ in name only

May 8, 2007
Latest Pronto remote is ‘Lite’ in name only

As remote controls go, we all know there're different leagues that they aspire to.  Some low-end handsets are content with replacing a crusty old faithful; others add multi-device control and perhaps a little LCD display.  And then you have the big league, the remotes that actually border on Mensa challenges; Philips' NX ProntoLite easily falls into that category.


Don't be fooled by the "Lite", this is no touchscreen toy.  With a VGA interface that organises entertainment into activities on dynamic webpages, there's control of not only audio and visual sources but a built-in Escient Fireball music server and Lutron RadioRa lighting control with complete on-screen feedback.  Although happy with IR, the ProntoLite can also hook into a WiFi network and control the optional Serial Extender: a rack-mounted appliance with four individually addressable IR ports and four serial ports.

You'd have to be serious about your home entertainment/automation, though; the ProntoLite has a MRSP of $1,836.  At that price, I find myself wondering why the tech-savvy enthusiast wouldn't pick up a similarly capable UMPC and enjoy not only remote control but all the internet access, email and gaming that the full Windows platform allows.

Philips releases Pronto NX PowerLite remote control [Geekzone]

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