Thursday December 25, 2014
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 12/25 at 8:42 AM
Tuesday December 23, 2014
Just when we were coming to grips with the idea that the Philips Pronto was good and truly gone, comes a press release from Philips that digs up the old name again. Sing praise: the Pronto is back!
Well... sort of. The new Pronto has precious little to do with the advanced Pronto remote controls we’re all familiar with, and is more Philips capitalizing on a well-known (and respected) brand. In this situation, Philips has teamed up with Peel for an iPhone-based remote control system that utilizes the Peel Smart Remote App, paired with a small Bluetooth-based basestation, dubbed the “Pronto”, which features a central IR blaster and an “IR extension cable” for home theater control. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 12/23 at 11:29 PM
Monday December 1, 2014
It's another Monday morning... but don't let that get you down. Because it's Cyber Monday, and its time to save some cash! Here I'm attempting to compile a list of the universal remote control deals available online... and if you find another, be sure to add it to comments below!
Beginning with Amazon.com:
Over at Best Buy:
New Egg has these refurbished Harmony deals:
Check out Tiger Direct for:
Oddly enough, there seems to be a larger range of deals for Canadians. At Best Buy Canada:
Of course, similar deals at Future Shop:
2001 Audio Video
And finally, at Visions Electronics:
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 12/01 at 12:46 AM
Friday November 28, 2014
Good morning everyone, and welcome to the electronics sales event of the year – Black Friday! Here I'm attempting to compile a list of the universal remote control deals available online for 2014... and if you find another, be sure to add it to comments below! Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 11/28 at 10:22 AM
Friday October 3, 2014
Crestron have announced a new handheld remote control, the TSR-302. The TSR-302 is a slim and supposedly durable hybrid remote, featuring a large 2.8” capacitive touchscreen LCD display, along with a wide range of backlit hard buttons including full menu, transport and numeric keypad functions. Other features include 2.4GHz RF, Wifi, built-in microphone and speaker, and inductive charging station. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 10/03 at 6:54 PM
Friday September 5, 2014
A company called Performance Designed Products
(PDP) has announced what could be the very first Blu-ray remote control designed for the PS4.
It seems that Sony is always finding new ways to tick off home theater users – first by repeatedly refusing to add a standard CE infrared receiver to the many generations of PS3 consoles, and then on the PS4 by refusing to offer compatibility with or a replacement product for the one compromise the PS3 did have: the Bluetooth-based Sony Blu-ray Disc Remote Control. Thus, Sony has artificially made the PS4 one of the worst devices possible for media consumption – which is a true shame, since it should be one of the best. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 9/05 at 2:37 PM
Wednesday August 27, 2014
Getting ready to head off to CEDIA EXPO 2014 in Denver, Colorado on September 10-13? Maybe you’re still debating? Well, it’s still not too late to get in for free! Just use code GP14
when registering for free show floor admission.
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/27 at 10:13 AM
Thursday August 14, 2014
In an example of how long it takes to get from trade show floor to through your door, the RTI T2i - first announced nearly two years ago during CEDIA 2012 - is now shipping. The $499 remote offers a flush-mount 2.8" color touchscreen, backlit keypad (four with customizable keycaps), IR, RF and ZigBee communications, motion sensor, fully customizable interface and a sleek design. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/14 at 11:33 PM
Wednesday August 13, 2014
In an almost simultaneous news release with sister company RTI, Pro Control has announced a slew of new products that they’ll be showing at the upcoming CEDIA Expo 2014 in Denver, Colorado, this coming September.
Again, much like with RTI, these products have been seen before – namely in our Pro Control CEDIA Video. However, as far as I know this is the first time that some of them have been formally announced with product photography! Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/13 at 12:14 AM
Tuesday August 12, 2014
RTI is prepping for CEDIA 2014 this coming September in Denver, and in anticipation of that have announced a list of new products that they’ll be exhibiting.
Unfortunately, it’s difficult not to notice that this year’s new product lists look substantively the same as last year’s new product list. T3x, KX3, KX1, AD-16x, XP-4 – they were all on the 2013 news release, too. However, those products that were far from available back then, are hopefully now either already shipping, or will soon be. The WK2 water-resistant in-wall keypad hasn’t been officially announced before now, but was discreetly previewed at CEDIA 2013. Read more...
Posted by Daniel Tonks on 8/12 at 11:25 PM