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Location: Celebration, FL, USA
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OK - Finally came and I spent a few hours setting up; Still more to do, but accomplished enough to give a early diagnosis.
Library of IR codes seems large - As I mentioned before, you select the Mfg, then the Device Category(type), it then retrieves via Internet a set of choices;
They had my LG TV nailed, Comcast cable box, Apple computer, etc. They did not have my EliteDVD player, but a Pioneer DVD generic worked most commands; They did not have my Lumagen video processor;
Ted: Denon receivers showed 5 possible selections, Oppo DVD Players 2, and Toshiba TVs 4; The odds are very much in your favor those all will map out of the box.
Also, the learning of commands was easy and solid; Designed pretty well to enter them rapidly;
Overall, my impressions are pretty positive (I'll be keeping it); Not without complaints I'll get to in a second; First the generally positive: the database is extensive regarding IR, the design itself is well thought out and relatively easy to deal with - It reminds me a little of the Pronto stuff.
The breadth and depth seems string; They covered different Rooms, Activity based interface for macro stuff, strong device type definitions, and a nice integration to the iPhone/Touch with custom assignment to any button of accelerometer, and multi-touch swipes; I even was able to get 'press n hold' to work on the Apple TV for popping up chapters during play... (Front Row works fine for those with Minis although I'm not a user, I did test it briefly);
I have volume with a flick of the wrist right and left - work pretty good..
They deal with the now infamous Toggle Power issues by allowing buttons to be types as toggle, repeating, etc. I personally hate non-discrete power on/off issues - I was able to customize my method for dealing with it by creating an ON and OFF activity that turns my system on and shuts it down - then each Watch activity just switches sources; Making this work depends on letting me programmatically define Activity launch and shutdown commands which it does allow.
They seem to have all the Channel icons and other button icons there out of the box ; Do a decent job of giving you a 'guessed' button layout - then letting you customize it;
The blast radius seems pretty good - mine sits about 13 feet from the gear- They have several blasters in the dock that provide a spray; Still has to be line of site generally though, but the radius is pretty wide...
On the downside: Software is bit buggy - during setup some crashes and some things didn't quite work without a workaround - but fortunately once the items are saved to the device - you just relaunch the app and start where you left off - I haven't had it lose any work; Also, the channel icons are B/W - I would like to have color - later no doubt; Also, response time is usually good, but occasionally lags just a bit..
Anyway, it's a xmas present for the wife so I have to gat back and finish some details...
Overall, a good product with good coverage in both breadth and depth of capability , but clearly needs a few software updates to clean up the bugs...
I'd give it a 7 out of 10