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Philips ProntoPro TSU6000 Features:

Color Touchscreen LCD: The FSTN LCD screen provides a resolution of 240x320 and is capable of displaying a total of 256 colors. A contrast dial on the left top side of the unit allows adjustment of the screen to your preference; a manual backlight button just below can be used to turn the unit on without tapping the screen. LCD backlighting can be configured to one of four different brightness levels.

9 Direct Access Buttons: Each button can be assigned a global command that operates the same under all devices. Or, you can override a particular button for single components. For example, the volume control buttons can operate the Receiver's level under all devices except TV, where the TV's volume controls are active. The channel up/down, volume up/down and mute buttons have an independent backlight that can be enabled without affecting the LCD screen or its backlight.

Pickup Sensor: An integrated motion sensor activates the ProntoPro's LCD screen when it is tilted to an angle of 50 degrees or more.

Rechargable Batteries: The ProntoPro package includes a rechargable AAA NiMH battery pack and desktop charger, which recharges the ProntoPro while the battery is still in the remote.

Optional RF basestation: The optional RFX-6000 RF receiver can be used with the ProntoPro's built-in RF transmitter to control your infrared-based home theater through walls.

Preprogrammed device database: The ProntoPro comes with a huge database of preprogrammed codes covering hundreds of device brands right on the remote. The database used is from UEI, makers of the "One For All" line of remote controls.

Learn all your system components: The ProntoPro is designed to learn every device you have with 6144KB of user space -- tests show there is more usable space than the TSU2000! Your setup also won't be lost when batteries are out of the unit since memory is non-volatile.

Adjust the auto-off time: The ProntoPro includes no "off" button. Instead, you can adjust the amount of time before the LCD or hard button 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. The default pre-programmed devices include: TV, VCR, Preamp, Tuner, CD, DBS, LD, DVD, Tape, CDR, Cable Box, Audio Processor, WebTV, Flat TV (HDTV), Home Controller, MD, PTVR (TiVo or ReplayTV) & AOL TV.

Devices are built using templates: The ProntoPro 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 ProntoPro you can copy a device you have configured, complete with it's button arrangement and IR codes, or move devices on the "Device Menu" 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, entered via a miniature QWERTY keyboard. 191 characters are provided, covering numbers, upper and lower case keys, numerous icons and foreign characters.

Devices can have a command assigned to them: When you select any device from the menu, you can have the ProntoPro send out a signal or macro to turn that device on, or switch the receiver to the proper input. You can bypass this signal by holding down the left arrow button as you select the device.

Unlimited number of macros: You can create an unlimited number of Macro groups. Each group can have up 25 separate 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.

Unlimited number of timers: The ProntoPro can be configured to run macros or single commands at any time of day on a daily or weekly basis. Timers are automatically activated whenever they have enough information to run.

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

Flash upgradeable software: Using the serial port, owners can connect to their PC and, through ProntoProEdit, flash upgrade the ProntoPro to the latest operating and application software.

Full-featured software: Included on a CD with the ProntoPro is ProntoProEdit v3.2.0, a Windows-compatible software package that can be used to completely customize the user interface. Additional features include:

    Custom bitmaps: ProntoProEdit can load industry standard 256-color .BMP files, from 1 by 1 pixels in size up to the maximum editable screen size of 240 by 219 pixels.

    Edit layouts: ProntoProEdit can be used to create any system layout you want, with a nearly unlimited number of devices, panels, buttons and other objects. All buttons can contain learned signals, macros or timers. Several font sizes are available for button labels. Free rein is provided!

    Custom beep tones: can be used for any creative purpose.

    Share configurations: ProntoProEdit's .CCF files contain infrared codes, macros, bitmaps and layouts and can be easily shared amongst other users.

    Software emulator: ProntoProEmulator can be used to test your configuration on-screen - just as if you were using the real remote!

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