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Once selected, you then point the remote at your device and it scrolls through a number of possible profiles for that type of device - this could be three or it could be twenty. Once your device reacts, by switching itself off, your device should work and you can test it at this stage.
While setup was very easy, I did run into some issues specific to my system. Pressing menu on my TV, does what it should, but this menu can only be navigated via directional controls. However, despite the Philips having these, they had no effect, leaving me with an inaccessible menu. Additionally, I wasn't able to get my CD player set up, despite it being a bog standard Sony from the late 90s. Finally, I use a, getting on a bit, SCART switch box and none of the device categories seem to match this and I wasn't able to find it, leaving me with a key device that I couldn't control.
However, if this happens then all is not lost as the SRU 8015 is a learning remote, so you can get it to pick up codes by pointing your old remote at the Philips.
The main feature that differentiates this from more expensive remotes is its inability to pull off a variety of complicated macro commands. This makes it unsuitable for those with complex home cinema systems, where you might want to say, turn on a TV, a cable box, an amp, and switch inputs on each, and then lower a projector screen, and then dim the lights. The SRU 8015 can do all of these things, but not necessarily with one button press. However, it does support Activities - so it can do simple things in sequence. This means I could set up a Watch TV activity, which turned on the TV and then the surround sound amp, and then defaulted to controlling the satellite box. However, if the surround sound is on the wrong input, I have to switch it manually. Again, its fine for most household setups and most will be satisfied with that, especially considering its ease of use.
One of my favourite features was the Favourite option - which has a wide selection of icons for channels from across Europe, which you can bring up when pressing the Favourite button. It simply types in the channel number for you, but it's still a great feature.
The SRU 8015 then is a remote that really lives up to its billing as an easy to use remote. The built-in database is pretty comprehensive, and its holes can be filled in with some manual point and shoot work. Being able to quickly scroll between devices by spinning the dial and the physical controls then operating whichever device is highlighted, works a treat.
It's a little on the large side but the Philips Prestigo SRU 8015 is a fine universal remote control. As it sets out to be, it's easy to set-up and it's better to use then more expensive remotes. The circular wheel to move between devices on the large, clear, colour screen is intuitive and nice touches such as Favourite channels really complete the package. It's not perfect, but it's well worth the money.
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