L5 Remote renders the iPhone a universal remote with custom UI
There are a few apps and gadgets available currently that allow you to use your iPhone and iPod Touch as a universal remote control. But they all have some sort of hitch that restricts their use in a way that doesn't really make them universal. The L5 Remote, which is set to debut at CES 2010, aims to take the market by being truly universal. The $50 app/dongle bundle doesn't require a dock and even allows you to create a customized user interface. I'm sure we'll find out just how well the L5 Remote works in the coming days, but for now I think I'm comfortably saying I'd shell out $50 for this level of remote control functionality.
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Posted by Justin Davey at January 4, 2010 7:55 PM
I was considering the L5 but opted for the RE from NewKinetix instead. The L5 doesn't have built in IR codes which the RE does. I didn't fancy setting all these up especially as my home theater stack has some very old equipment - that still does work I may add!!
I also needed to use it anywhere without PC setup or having an internet connection at that point. The L5 couldn't deliver here either, so the RE got yet another tick in the box.
Finally, for me, the best feature of the RE is that is does not need your old remote to get going So..I didn't have to setup any codes for 2 lost remotes - one for my VHS player and another for my old CD player. The remote handsets have long since been discontinued.
Anyway, I thought others might appreciate an unbiased 'real user' review about the RE.
Anyone else have the RE...if so...how have you set things up...I've not tried the macros yet...will do soon though!!