The Philips Prestigo SRT8215 is Philips’ top-of-the-line universal remote control. It allows you to control up to 15 devices from one remote. The remote supports pretty much any infrared (IR) controlled device. That’s the promise. Read on to find out how it performs in real life.
I’ve been using the Philips Prestigo SRT8215 for about half a year to control 4 devices: a Samsung TV, a Philips BluRay player, a Pioneer audio system and a proprietary cable box.
- It’s extremely easy to get started and set up your devices. It took me no more then 10 minutes.
- Because the remote has a traditional form factor it’s easy to use (Whereas some of the Logitech Harmony remotes might scare away the significant other)
- It works as advertized: Pick the device you want to control and go ahead
- It’s easy to fix errors or missing buttons
- The battery life is great (haven’t had to replace them once)
The reason this remote is put in the “premium” segment by Philips is due to its touch screen. Although it’s nice, I must confess it doesn’t add that much value. Furthermore, it takes some getting used to, to push the paging arrows correctly (tip: push just below the arrow)
In short: If you’re looking for a quick replacement for all of your IR remote controls, go get this one.
If you are a power-user and you want to use some of the more advanced features, keep in mind:
- The customization options are limited. Although the box claims that you can customize everything, this is not entirely true.
- Activities are also more limited then you would think. An activity allows you to combine a number of devices together. For instance, “Watch DVD” would combine your TV and DVD player and will route the volume controls to your TV and the play/pause controls to the DVD player. This is great, but the combination of devices is fixed in the software. I was not able to create an activity that would use the radio functions on the cable box together with my audio system.
- The web links in the software no longer work. For instance, you can’t search for an icon to go with your favorite.
- Favorites are configured per device, not per activity. For instance, I use my cable box to listen to radio and to watch tv. That means I have to mix the radio station and television channels in my favorites. I can’t segment them per activity.
So overall, this is a great value deal. But if you are reading this site, you may want to spend just a little more to get even more customization options.