One of the higher-end models in Philips' popular Pronto line
of universal remotes, the TSU9400 sits just below the top-of-the-line TSU9600 and offers much of that tablet-style remote's features in a vertically aligned, handheld design. The TSU9400 ($899.99) combines hard buttons with a three-and-a-half-inch color touch-screen that has 240 x 320 resolution. It has 64 MB of flash memory; within the confines of that memory, you can configure it to control numerous A/V devices and multiple systems around the home. The remote uses line-of-sight IR technology, but it is also RF-capable. Add the RFX9400 RF wireless extender (sold separately) to control equipment located in a cabinet or separate room. The TSU9400 is also compatible with Philips' RFX9600 serial extender for more advanced control of equipment, connected via RS-232
. One of this remote's marquee features is its built-in 802.11g functionality, so you can control IP-enabled equipment and access digital media files from a Windows Media Center PC, with viewable metadata on the remote's screen. The TSU9400 comes with a matching docking cradle that recharges its Lithium-polymer battery.
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On its own, the TSU9400 is a highly configurable universal remote that can be programmed to control a wide range of A/V devices in multiple rooms. The form factor strikes a nice balance between touch-screen control and hard buttons for basic tasks. A wi-fi ability is a nice perk for those users who wish to remotely access and control digital files on a PC. The TSU9400 is at its best, however, when mated with the optional RF and serial extenders to provide more robust whole-house control.
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