New portrait-oriented remote offers almost everything that the TSU9600 does, but at a lower price and in a smaller form factor.
After nearly a month of teasers leaking out, Philips has today officially announced the Pronto Professional TSU9400 remote control. With nearly the same capabilities as its bigger TSU9600 brother, the vertically oriented TSU9400 sports a 3.5” 240x320 resolution color LCD display along with a slew of hard buttons. The remote uses the same software as the TSU9600, ProntoEdit Professional, and includes complete support for the RFX9600, RFX9400 and ProntoScript.
You can find more details on the TSU9400 in our two previous news releases, here and here. Below I’ve included the complete press release.
Philips expands the Pronto portfolio with the new ultra sleek TSU9400 control panel
July 26, 2007 Cedia Expo 2007, Broadbeach, Australia – Philips, a world leader in remote controls, is again redefining wireless control with its latest and most dynamic entry yet - the Pronto TSU9400. Next in line from the award winning TSU9600, the product portfolio has expanded with the new slim and ergonomic controller. The vertically aligned TSU9400 handles like a classic remote control – but with more functionality. Besides controlling your audio-video equipment, the control panel can also receive system feedback telling you whether the lights are on or off, whether the temperature is set right, or even what the weather is going to be like.
The slender and contemporary Pronto TSU9400 features a bright vivid flush-mounted 3.5” QVGA (320X240) color touch screen, ensuring easy readability with personalized backgrounds and graphics. With a bold, aluminum-black design look and with white back-lighted buttons, the controller is styled for the most modern of interiors. The white backlit buttons and Pronto logo emit a soft glow giving the TSU9400 an ultra-cool finishing touch when placed in its matching docking station to recharge.
To create the ultimate in customization, the Pronto TSU9400 also comes with the recently updated ProntoEdit Professional™ software. The new editor software makes more efficient use of configurations already programmed, cutting down on repetitive work. For easy programming, the ProntoEdit Professional offers access to one of the largest databases of up-to-date model-number equipment codes. In addition, the editor features one of the most extensive channel icon libraries for Europe, North America and Australia/New Zealand. The built-in channel wizard incorporated guides you through the setup of your favorite channels in a matter of minutes.
The latest release of ProntoEdit Professional also features the exclusive ProntoScript programming functionality, which enables two-way real-time interaction and the creation of a dynamic user interface. The TSU9400 can receive feedback from RS232- or IP-controlled devices in real-time, providing an advanced two-way functionality beyond controlling home entertainment and automation systems. In addition, the latest Pronto editor features embedded software modules, enabling out-of-the-box control for Escient FireBall audio and video servers, the Imerge SoundServer S3000 and other XiVA supported music severs (Elan, SpeakerCraft, Xantech, Niles and Revox) as well as Lutron RadioRa lighting systems. For those who would like to integrate a computer, the TSU9400 like the TSU9600 can access digital files from any Windows MCE (Media Center Edition) computer. ProntoEdit Professional also supports operations in Microsoft Vista.
To support total home control, multi-room wireless and wired remote control installations, the TSU9400 integrates seamlessly with the two optional extenders: The RFX9400 and the RFX9600. The RFX9400 provides reliable premier Wi-Fi and wired network compatibility and individual addressable IR ports, while the RFX9600 RS232 output can be hard wired to equipment to ensure commands are carried out exactly as they are programmed. In addition, the RFX9600 boasts power sensing equipment and contact closure for maximum reliability.
The Philips Pronto TSU9400 will be launched at the CEDIA Expo in Australia on July 26th – 28th, 2007. The TSU9400 has a suggested retail price of €899 and will be available through the Australian Philips Pronto distributor; Qualifi Pty Ltd, in September 2007.
For further product information, please consult the Philips Pronto website at www.pronto.philips.com
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