By Lisa Johnston
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Two new A/V and home theater systems remote controls were introduced in the first half by Universal Remote Control.
The Genesis MX-900, part of the company's Complete Control product line, features a user interface optimized for one-hand operation. Knowing that a remote is only as good as its buttons, the MX-900's ergonomic design provides indents in the body of the remote, designed to help users locate by feel the most frequently used buttons. Its screen-labeled buttons display the functions each user needs at any given time, with up to seven characters each, and its hard buttons are labeled in English — not with symbols that users could have difficulty remembering. Blue backlighting is meant to ensure the MX-900 can be used in the total darkness of a home theater with one touch of the LIGHT button.
The remote uses Windows-based PC software, and it can be used with the company's Complete Control RF base station to control a full system without being in the line of sight of the equipment; it can also be configured for conventional line-of-sight IR operation. It features an IR range of 30-50 feet and an RF range of 50-100 feet, depending on environment. The MX-900 weighs 14 ounces with batteries.
It is currently available at a suggested retail of $449.
The TX-1000, also part of the company's Complete Control line, features a graphic interface optimized for use from the coffee table. Its text-labeled touch screen offers large labels that are each customized with up to six characters, and the touch screen displays the buttons each user needs for the easiest possible interface, regardless of what is being operated. Its hard buttons around the perimeter of the touch screen are designed for the most frequently used functions and are labled in English, not with symbols. Its multicolored backlighting is meant to ensure the touch screen can be used in the total darkness of a home theater with one touch of the LIGHT button.
According to the company, advanced, digital power management ensures the remote can be used for up to one year without having to replace batteries. Like the MX-900, the TX-1000 uses Windows-based PC software and can be used with the company's Complete Control RF base station to control a full system without being in the line of sight of the equipment, or can be configured for conventional line-of-sight IR operation. It has similar IR and RF ranges as the MX-900 and weighs 31.4 ounces with batteries.
The TX-1000 is currently available at a suggested retail of $499.
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