Pros Simple to use and to teach
Cons No computer learning feature
Summary Lets start off by saying this...for under $70, and usually you can find a special fo $49, this is an increidble remote.
The Philips Prestigo SRU8010 is also sold by X10 as their ICON Remote, they are one and in the same.
Large screen, easy to teach. Pretty customizable.
I have a complex multimedia-home theatre room. I was able to setup my whole system including light dimmers for the room.
Literally, I put away all my remote.
I have used the Sony universals, but still required 2 other remotes out because the Sony programmable units did not handle the command functions of the other units.
This one did..and it was so EASY to set up macros. I literllay set up turn on cable.
It turns on my TV, then cable box, then my receiver, then sets my receiver to accept my HDMI pass through and sets up my preference to sound signal. All through a customizable side key on the remote.
This is other thing...the buttons themselves are customizable with the exception of the programming keys...you can literally reprogram all the keys to your liking.
I have purchased many a remotes to my wife distain, and this literally is the first remote my wife can use and understand in that complex of a set up.
Also there is HIS and HER favorites that allow us to program our favorite cable stations. Also a kids section so I can lock down all the other stations and my kids watch their channels.
Simply said..9 out of 10...only reason why I don't give it a 10 is because you can not customize it through your PC.
Ah...for under $70...that is a small price to pay.
Pros Set-up, use, his/hers favorites, "Quick Power"
Cons Video Transport controls
Summary An excellent remote. I have not had any of the high-end universal remotes (Logitech, Monster, etc.) and had been using the "universal" that came with my Onkyo TX-SR605 receiver. Set-up was much easier than the other universal remotes I had used in the past (My Onkyo remote as well as the older generic universals). It did not have my Onkyo receiver in the presets, so I had to program it in there. To program the Prestigo was a breeze. Just line up the two remotes, tell the Prestigo what you are doing in the "Learn" menu and press the buttons on the manufacturer's remote and it learns it - simple as that! My wife (a very non-technical person) was able to figure the remote out and operate everything with very little guidance from me.
One feature that I really do like is the "Quick Power." My Onkyo "universal" had to be switched to each device to turn it off and on, but with the Prestigo you simply hit "Quick Power" and then select the components you want to turn off/on.
I agree with the CNET reviewer about the placement of the video transport controls. It is not the most ideal placement for use when playing DVD's or using the DVR. It can be used, it is just a little awkward.
I found this remote on sale at Circuit City for $40 and compared to what these other universal remotes sell for and what they can do over this one, there is no way I would buy any remote other than this. I can press a few more buttons to save $100+!
Pros Easy to program; great price; it works!
Cons Some small, closely spaced buttons; will not control wife's spending habits.
Summary I am TOTALLY happy with this remote. I don't care how great or fancy or slick other remotes might be, I wasn't about to spend $500 on a universal remote. That is an outrage. I could buy another LCDTV with that amount! Anyways, I was able to consolidate 6 remotes into this ONE! The days of sitting on the couch with 3 remotes next to me are over. This device learned every code from my other remotes (Westinghouse, Vizio, DirecTV, Verizon, Panasonic, Yamaha) and I was able to assign them to the buttons I wanted. Unless you have the hands of an ourang outang it is a little hard to maneuver your thumb around the entire remote, and the buttons along the screen are a little small, but those are minor complaints. The thing works, it is under $80 (although it looks more expensive), and it is extremely customizable. Great product!
"A best buy"on by cataulajcb
Pros simple set up and feature programming
Cons placement of video transport keys
Summary I have used 2 different Harmony remotes and was not satified because the Harmony did not provide for direct control over video input for my Hitachi TV.The Phillips allows direct control over every feature for every video device. You can use the learn feature to program the buttons on the side of the window and type in the feature name. I finally can direct control video input for my TV and other features such as commercial skip on my DVR. I have a box full of universal remotes and this is the best by far.
Pros Setup, color screen, price, 10 function buttons
Cons It's a little too big, could use a scroll wheel or ball
Summary This philips remote is the best one I've come across for any reasonable price. There are far pricier remotes out there but whoever spends $500 on a remote is obviously the type of person who spent $8,000+ on their system anyway and doesn't even apply to this review. And I guarantee, those remotes have functions the layman will never use (RF for through-wall control such as room lighting, better macros and control 15 or more pieces of equipment. Yes, that's pretty much what you get for the extra $440.)
The setup on the philips was beyond easy which took me all of about 10 minutes for my 4 pieces. I looked at the Harmony 880 and 720 ($150 street price - more than 2.5x as much as I paid for the Philips) and they are just about equal in functions. I did like the scroll wheel of the 880, but I could take or leave the charging bases. The wizard based setup on the Philips seemed much easier to me than Harmany's PC-based setup because I didn't need to get the model #'s of all my equipment. Just press a few buttons via the wizard on the remote for each piece and voila! No codes to enter! All done. Overall the Philips is certainly the best value out there, and in my opinion the absolute easiest to use.