Universally Useful: LCD Screen Remotes

Universally Useful: LCD Screen Remotes

Joel Pirela
Aug 8, 2011

Is your media center compromised by a gazillion of remote controllers? Do you end up playing the "guess which remote control controls what" every time you simply want to watch Netflix or a Blu-day disc? There's really only one solution we recommend: a programmable LCD universal remote.

Logitech Harmony 1100
The Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote Control is a cool looking device that allows you to have one remote for your whole home entertainment area. You can control practically any device with this universal remote control, and better still you don't even have to be in the same room! You are also able to personalize your touch screen with customizable icons. It's kind of on the big size and you will need two hands to operate the controller.

Philips RC9800i Touchscreen Control
This large Philips Touchscreen Control uses a wireless access point (WAP) and it includes a software to control everything. The remote can read MP3's and digital pictures on your computer. You can display pictures on your remote's screen, while playing MP3's at the same time. The remote also has Philips Electronic Program Guide (the remote includes a free one-year subscription), where you can get a customized list of shows on the RC9800i. The information downloads to the remote each night through your wireless network when most people are asleep. The remote keeps the components organized by what room they are in, which you determine during the initial setup. Just carry the remote from the living room to the bedroom, listening to MP3's on the way, and select the bedroom controls on the remote. Now, whichever controls you programmed into the remote for the bedroom become active. That's great!

Silver PAC New Evolution 5500
A Windows-Powered device that has a special technology called "Windows SideShow". From the picture you might have guess how nice looking the Silver PAC New Evolution 5500 Universal Remote Control is. The front face has a 4.3-inch Touch-color LCD that could display up to 480×270 pixels resolution. It even comes with the ARM9 processor and 1GB of storage. Surely, these controllers are not the same as what they used to be a while ago.

Creston TPMC-3X WiFi Touchpanel
This remote sports a 2.8″ 240×320 LCD with 16 bit graphics that can display high-res images, text and animations. The remote also has WiFi support and it can even view webcams and video servers. That's awesome. This is made possible by the Crestron CEN-NVS100 MJPEG encoder inside of the device which converts video to streaming media. The remote can also let you control real-time lighting and temperature levels, menu commands, channel favorites, and even be used in conjunction with surveillance cameras. On top of that, it is also Windows SideShow enabled. If it could only bring us a beer while watching our favorite TV show… That would be super!

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