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Philips Pronto TS-1000 Review
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Pronto TS1000 Features:

  • Touchscreen LCD: Provides a resolution of 320x200 and a total of four shades (white, light gray, dark gray and black). A contrast dial on the left top side of the unit allows you to adjust the display to your preference; a manual backlight button just below can be used to turn the unit on without tapping the screen.

  • 7 Direct Access Buttons: Each button can be assigned a global command that operates the same in any device. Or, you can override a particular button for single devices. For example, have the volume control buttons operate the Receiver's level unless you have selected TV, where they will operate the TV's volume control. The channel up/down, volume up/down and mute buttons have an independant backlight that can be enabled without affecting the LCD screen or it's backlight.

  • Light Sensor: Automatically turns on the backlight in low-light enviroments. You can adjust the sensitivity of the light sensor to suit your needs.

  • Adjust the auto-off time: The Pronto includes no "off" button. Instead, you can adjust the amount of time before the LCD or backlight switches off, from one second to 4 minutes.

  • Unlimited number of devices: No more running out of device buttons before you run out of room on your shelf! The Pronto can handle any number of devices you want; you're only limited by available memory. Some of the pre-programmed intended devices include: TV, VCR, Cable Box, Preamp (Receiver), Tuner, CD, DBS, LD, DVD, Tape, Audio Processor, CD Recordable, Camcorder, Flat TV (HDTV/Projection), Minidisc, Projector, Video CD and WebTV.

  • Devices are built using templates: The Pronto includes pre-set templates for all of the above devices. What this means is that you have a certain number of screens for each device, and that each screen has a specific function. For instance, there are 10 available screens for VCR. The first one controls tape functions (play, fast forward, pause, record, etc), the next one controls the tuner, followed by the Menu system, two screens of custom-labeled buttons, a screen with options for tracking and more, three more screens with custom buttons and a final screen with advanced tape controls, such as jog/shuttle, frame advance etc.

  • Copy and move devices: With the Pronto you can copy a device you have already set up along with it's button arrangement and IR codes, or move devices to an arrangement of your choice. There's also the ability to recover deleted devices and macro groups.

  • Custom label EVERY button: Every button in every device can have a custom label. When you want to label a button a miniture QWERTY keyboard appears on screen. When you press a certain part of the keyboard that section zooms in and you can select the letter you want. There is the capability for numbers, upper and lower case keys, icons and foreign characters. No longer will you have to remember that "D.SKIP" really means "ANGLE".

  • Devices can have a command assigned to them: When you select VCR 1, DVD, TV or Tuner from the menu, you can have the Pronto send out a signal to either switch that device on, or switch the Preamp to the proper input. You can bypass this signal by holding down the left arrow button as you select the device.

  • Learn all your system components: The Pronto comes with codes to Philips/Marantz devices (or those components that follow the RC5/RC6 code structure). However, since the Pronto is designed to learn every device you have Philips has provided a generous amount of RAM. Your setup also won't be lost when batteries are out of the unit.

  • Unlimited number of Macros: You can create an unlimited number of Macro groups. Each group can have up 25 seperate macros, with each macro containing up to 255 commands, limited only by available memory. Delays can be inserted up to 99.9 seconds long each.

  • Protect your setup: You can remove the Mode Menu icon from the bottom of the LCD, preventing any changes to your devices.

  • Full featured software: Users can download the comprehensive software package, ProntoEdit, to customize their Pronto in any way imaginable: create original buttons, pictures, arrange panels, buttons and devices, learn codes, save multiple setups and load in other users' configurations.

  • Flash upgradable software: Using the serial port users can connect to their PC and through ProntoEdit flash upgrade their Pronto to the latest operating and application software.

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