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why is the RC9800I so cheap compaired to the others?
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Post 1 made on Sunday August 13, 2006 at 09:25
Long Time Member
September 2003
just wondering why its so cheap when it supports wi-fi etc...... why choose one of the other more expensive prontos over this one?
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Post 2 made on Sunday August 13, 2006 at 10:24
Long Time Member
February 2003
No programming I believe. The RC9800I sets up everything for you. You cannot make your own layouts like all Prontos. I believe it call learn though. You give up flexibility and are subject to what the device wants to do. I also believe that is why it is not called a Pronto.
Post 3 made on Monday August 14, 2006 at 12:33
Long Time Member
June 2006

I wasted about $500 on it and regret it big time! I now have it sitting in a drawer just wating to see if Philips ever makes a software so we can then design the layouts and actions for it.

The pre-installed software to control hardware is the worst thing I have ever seen! It takes less time to get up and manually change things then it does to try and use their rediculous pre-made layouts!

I wish I had read about it here before buying. I just figured it would be better then older remotes they make and was wrong!

Post 4 made on Tuesday August 29, 2006 at 16:18
Long Time Member
April 2004

Needing a smaller remote for my bedroom, I ordered a RC9800i. I was impressed with it's feel and loved the cradle.

As noted, the unit can not be programed in the true sense but relys on recognizing the IR codes of the remotes you wish to use. If it doesn't recognize your remote, there is a "Custom Remote" which requires learning all of the codes and labeling the buttons.

I sarted out by trying to set up my View Sonic flat screen. It did have View Sonic on the list but did not respond to the model number. It then asks you to try several codes to see if one will work. Failing this, you have the custom option. I could not use the custom feature as the RC9800i would not allow me past the first couple of steps. I think it recognized the power on code and assumed that it knew the remote (which it didn't.)

The unit did work on my living room Panasonic flat screen and even allowed me to construct a remote for my JVC switcher.

I spent a couple of days trying to program around the View Sonic problem And then returned it.

I did go online and check the FAQ's. I called their customer care and after about an hour was told that I knew more about the unit than the custmer care person.

The RC9800i is a great unit for the price if you can get it to program. Don't buy one unless you know you can return it!!!

Post 5 made on Wednesday September 27, 2006 at 00:04
Long Time Member
February 2005
Do you want to sell yours? Email me @[email protected]
Yogesh Malhotra
Post 6 made on Saturday October 21, 2006 at 22:38
Select Member
June 2006
the unit is just like a big philips touchscreen version of a harmony.
Ali Hashemi

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