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Universal remote controls it all,
January 6, 2005; 12:20 p.m.
The product: Universal Electronics' Nevo SL is a sleekly designed remote control that delivers truly universal audio/visual and digital media control for the networked home. Thanks to its built-in 802.11b Wi-Fi, its reach extends to networked PCs and media servers, enabling digital early adopters to shuffle audio, photos, and video from the computer to networked CE devices.
The Nevo SL is built around a 3.5-inch touch-screen LCD that is fully customizable. Its keypad includes 17 programmable buttons; a scrollwheel on the side enables fast one-handed navigation. You first program the device via the PC, employing simple drag-and-drop software. Programming for the Nevo is then downloaded to the remote via the included cable or Wi-Fi. This device also supports automatic discovery of UPnP-enabled players and servers on the home network, enabling you to display and play back digital pictures, music, and videos.
The prospects: The Nevo SL is a handheld PDA tricked out as a universal remote that can do just about anything. Taking total control of your CE and networked devices will require a hefty financial commitment, however, and the help of a custom installer.
By Rik Fairlie, editor, Computer Shopper
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