March 20, 2012
| by Rachel Cericola
Cool control comes in all shapes and sizes. Thankfully, it also comes in all prices. Pro Control is adding its name to the list of affordable options, with a few new handheld controllers and central processors now shipping.
First up are the new Pro24.r and Pro24.z touchscreen controllers. These remotes promise easy, one-touch use, but with robust capabilities. Both have a high-res 2.4-inch TFT LCD touchscreen and backlit hard buttons. The Pro24.z also adds in a programmable five-way joystick.
Exclusive to Pro Control’s authorized dealer network, the Pro24.r is available now for $249, with the Pro24.z priced at $449.
Each of those remotes is designed to be paired with a processor, so the company has also released the compatible ProLink.r and ProLink.z. Each one boasts use of macros for professional-grade control, as well as routable IR ports with adjustable output strength, two voltage-sensing inputs, and Ethernet ports for network-based control.
The ProLink.z has an integrated 2.4-GHz ZigBee antenna for bidirectional communication via the Pro24.z controller, as well as two-way RS-232 ports for added control and monitoring. The ProLink.r has an integrated 433-MHz RF antenna for one-way communication via the Pro24.r.
Both of the new controllers will also work with compatible iOS apps. The ProLink.z app is coming in April, with an app for the ProLink.r and Android devices expected sometime this spring.
Around that same spring release, we should expect to see the iPro.8 companion controller. This will allow users to combine a dedicated remote with the use of a tablet, smartphone or PC, all in the name of AV control.
Like their control counterparts, Pro Control says that the ProLink.r and ProLink.z are available now. They are also priced at $249 and $449 each, respectively.
“Since their introduction at CEDIA, there has been a great deal of anticipation for our control solutions, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce that they are now shipping,” said Mike Everett, general manager for Pro Control. “The stunning Pro24.r and Pro24.z touchscreen controllers and powerful ProLink.r and ProLink.z processors allow dealers to provide their customers with unmatched control at an exceptional value.”
Over the past 15 years, Rachel Cericola has covered entertainment, web and technology trends. Check her out at www.rachelcericola.com.