Touch Screen Remote Control

Ever wondered how to match that fancy home theatre with a cosier remote control? Surely the static variants which come with the extremely fancy equipment are quite drab in nature, and the prospect of a replacement with a LCD touch screen remote control sound extremely lucrative. The touch screen remote controls not only look good, they are extremely versatile in terms of functionality compared to the static variants. They are ideal for people who wants advanced features into their system, but don’t want to pay for the computer programming features. However, the user interface is not always easy to master, and the usability could take a steep learning curve depending on the models and variations. The user friendliness might further be carved by the lack of touchy feeling in these LCD panels – a draft contrast to the mainstream remotes.

The prospect of a touch screen remote control have been welcome by the big players, and now Sony Toshiba Philips and other major consumer electronics giants are coming out with their own variation of the touch screen remotes. Generally, these products are universally applicable, while some of them only run on proprietary sets.

When classifying these touch screen remotes, customization of the interface is seen as a very big advantage, enabling the users to arrange the panels with their preferred functionalities. Most often, these customizations are done via proprietary software, with the operational details described in the user’s manual. The size of the LCD panel is yet another crucial feature for a touch screen remote control. Usually the bigger the size, the easier it is to handle. Online communities are also a big factor, and like the Pronto touch screen LCD remote control, there are hundreds of preconfigured files for the remote. Response time is an important feature, and in many cases, can result in bad reviews overall for that particular unit just because of slower response time. Of course, since consumers are habituated with the super precision response time of the mainstream static button remote controls – it isn’t such a wonder.

A memory capability to hold the command instructions for multiple devices are also a hugely important feature. The Sony RM-AV3000 Remote Commander for example can hold the command instructions for up to 16 devices – clearly a huge pro in its favour. The spacing of the keys are also important, with more space in between – the better it is for the users to operate on. There is also a feature on the Sony remote commander which enables the users to set the clock speeds for timing controls – enabling the users to customize the device according to their usage. Coverage area is also important, since larger the coverage area the more powerful the IR transmitters would be – so the devices could be operated from longer distances.

Over-complexity is a key issue, which bogged down important units like the RM-AV3000 remotes down to dis-favourable reviews by the consumers. It is exactly as expected – consumers are generally treated with static remote controls known for their simplicity – and anything which requires a steeper learning curve would be expected to get negative reviews. However, if future prospects are being analysed, the parent companies could very well prepare the consumers with these next generation touch panel remote controls. With the stereoscopic 3D TVs waiting to conquer the market, there would be obvious issues raised with the viewer’s trying to operate on the static keyboards with the 3D goggles on. A well illuminated LCD touch screen remote control could be a very viable solution in this case, and analysing all the facts – we might just be seeing the remotes of the future in these touch screen remote controls.

This Touch Screen Remote Control Review is Written/Updated on May 1st, 2010 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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