Universal Remote's company name leaves little unsaid about what its core competencies truly are, and its latest professional-series remote
recently got a bit of hands-on time with the crowd at Electronic House
. The MX-810 Pro Wizard was purportedly designed to work with setups ranging from a single room to an entire home, and sports a color LCD, 44 hard buttons, RF / infrared compatibility, rechargeable Li-ion, and hot keys for powering up select groups of components. Interestingly, this unit also includes 32MB of built-in memory to store commands that control "up to 24 activities for each of 24 different devices programmed into eight LCD pages." Of course, this also means that you'll need at least a week of vacation to actually program this $399 gizmo once it hits your doorstep in July.
[Photo courtesy of Tony Scarpetta]