CNET First Look
The universal remote for a select fewThe Pronto transforms an iOS device into a remote control for your home theater, but it's got stiff competition.
[MUSIC] This pepper shaker looking thing? This is a Pronto. And this is just salt. Cuz you see they kinda go together. By itself, it's essentially a paperweight. But when you pair it with an iOS device, it's part of a universal remote control system. Now this little guy pairs to an iPhone 4S or higher using Bluetooth. And uses the PL Smart Remote app to control your home theater gadgets. It. The top of the device is where the IR Blaster is. Your phone talks to the Pronto and the Pronto talks to your IR gadgets. Got it? On the back there's a port for an IR extension cable. So, if you wanted to snake the included cable to the front of a receiver or something, you could. It also runs on four double A batteries and Pronto says That ought to last you about a year. The F5PO's actually quite polished as a way to find shows on cable. You get to find shows in a very visual way. The universal remote is found by hitting with the remote icon, and its interface is actually quite nice compared to the Logitech Harmony app. So does this dynamic duo take the crown from the Logitech Harmony as the best universal remote system? Sadly, no. The Pronto cannot control devices using bluetooth. The bluetooth functionality in the Pronto is repairing to one iOS device at a time. Also, it can't control devices over wi-fi direct. To put that another way, if you've got a Sony PS3 or an Amazon Fire TV, you can't use a Pronto to control them. Also, activity management and device support just isn't as good as the Logitech Harmony. If the bane of your existence is finding something on cable to watch, well the Pronto with Peel could be your answer. If your looking to control you home theater with an iron fist, the Harmony line still wins. We've got a full review of the Pronto over at CNET.com. I'm Iyaz Akhtar and I'll see you later. [MUSIC]