Video Review: Pronto Turns Your iPhone Into a Smart Universal Remote

Pronto is a small hub that's able to turn your iPhone into a universal remote, allowing it to control a range of electronics and devices within your home using 360 degree infrared. The Pronto connects to your iPhone via Bluetooth and works with an accompanying Peel Smart Remote app, which provides the remote interface and lets you see what's on television through an included guide.

As you can see in our video review below, the Peel app and the Pronto work together well, and with the included IR extension cable, you can put devices out of sight without losing the infrared connection.


Pronto is compatible with a huge number of televisions, Blu-ray players, DVD players, and set top boxes. It can connect to and control almost any television set, and it works with the Apple TV, Roku players, and more. Compatibility information is available on the company's website.

The Peel app includes simple controls for all devices and it makes it easy to switch between each one. There are also profiles available for different rooms, so the iPhone and Pronto pairing can essentially replace all of the remotes in the house.

Smart remotes have been around for ages, and many technology companies already offer apps allowing the iPhone to control things like televisions and media players, but the Pronto goes one step further and lets you control all of your devices with one app. It's quite similar to Logitech's line of Harmony smart remotes, but without some of the bells and whistles and with a lower price.

The Pronto can be purchased from Best Buy or NewEgg for $49.99.



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22 months ago

It's quite similar to Logitech's line of Harmony smart remotes, but without some of the bells and whistles and with a lower price.

The Pronto can be purchased from Best Buy or NewEgg for $49.99.


I have the Logitech Harmony 650 and for $57.25 (on Amazon) I consider it to have substantially more value than this. I love it. It does everything. First universal remote that TRULY allowed me to de-battery and put away the 5 remotes that were sitting in front of the entertainment center. Great little device (albeit, the software is slow miserable crap but you only need to set it up once).

I wouldn't mind it if my iPhone could be backup to the universal remote (if it had an integral IR blaster, for example). But to buy separate hardware just to make it so? No thank you. Unless you are a complete loaner, other people will need to interact with your entertainment setup at some point and do you really want them to have to do that from your iPhone?
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22 months ago

What's wrong with the remote app? Used it last night with no issues.


For me, It disconnects all the time and then I have to force close the app to get it to connect again.
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22 months ago

I disagree. If other people are in your house and watching your TV, why aren't you there with them? Can't they just tell you what they want? Or why can't you just hand them your phone, as you would a remote?

The only potential problem I see is... how many iOS devices can you pair with a single Pronto? If it's just one, this is DOA for me. If it's two... I might bite but I'd rather more.

Edit: Why does this thing need a battery? I feel like given how little power it needs it should be capable of just wirelessly charging from available light. 4 AAs gets it through an entire year. That seems comparable to wireless keyboards, plenty of which can go off of nothing but available light for power.


You don't have kids do you. Babysitters. Grandparents. Lots of people are in my house when I am not.
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22 months ago
Infrared has had its day. When you buy new equipment these days, make sure that it has IP connectivity. Infrared is fire and forget – the sender has no idea that the receiver got the message, or even if it's there. With IP there's full 2-way communication between your phone and devices.

In my setup I have a universal remote app for controlling all my home cinema devices, most of which is done over IP. I can see how far an Apple TV movie has progressed right on my phone display. Or if someone fiddles with the volume control on the AV amp, the volume is indicated on the phone display. And a single button press can reliably turn off all equipment (quite a few IR devices don't have a discrete OFF command).
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