NEWS: Control your whole house with just one universal remote

Let's face it, juggling several different remote controls to manage your TV, DVD player, surround system and Sky box is a right old pain. Which is where universal remotes come in.

The latest Philips Pronto touch-screen remote can be programmed with a series of macros to turn everything on at the touch of a single button.

So what, you say: all universal remotes do that. True. But the Pronto TSU 9600 is so much smarter than that. It can communicate with other devices via wi-fi protocols, as well as infra-red, has a 3.7in VGA colour touchscreen, and can be programmed to control the lighting, heating, curtains and heaven knows what else around your home as well.

It's fully programmable and customisable using a PC connected to the internet, and costs £899. Oh, and it looks pretty cool too. We want one.

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.