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OneForAll SmartControl PS3 review

Simple basic setup – with iPod and PS3 control thrown into the bargain

Our Verdict

For

  • Controls PS3 consoles and iPod docks as well as home cinema kit

Against

  • Poor manual
  • Complicated control layout
  • Tedious training mode

Sold on its own, the SmartControl costs about £25 and can control up to six separate devices. However, the PS3 model that we tested includes a separate Bluetooth transmitter, which enables it to control a PS3 game console as well (it can control an Xbox 360 without the adapter). It can even control iPod docks too, which is a nice added bonus.

Like the less expensive Essence 4, the SmartControl PS3 is pre-programmed with OneForAll's 'SimpleSet' of control codes, which enables it to work with a number of popular electronics brands, so I had no trouble getting it to work with my Samsung TV, Sky HD box and a few other devices.

There was no SimpleSet option for controlling my FetchTV Freeview box, but its 'search' mode did allow me to scan through available codes until I found one that worked with the machine.

However, as with the Essence 4, I still had to finish off by using the training mode to program in some last commands from the FetchTV's own handset.

Perseverance needed

However, I did struggle a bit with the set of 'SmartControl' buttons that are supposed to perform tasks such as simultaneously turning on a TV and set-top box or games console. The manual isn't particularly helpful here, and it took a bit of random button-thumping before I managed to get everything working properly.

Even so, the SmartControl's sheer versatility is rather attractive. I was dead impressed that it was able to control my Philips Fidelio iPod dock, so it's worth considering as long as you have the patience to figure out its rather complex set of buttons and controls.

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Tech Specs

Product TypeUniversal Remote Control
Product FamilySmartControl
Connectivity TechnologyWireless
Brand NameOne For All
Compatible DevicesTV, VCR, Amplifier, Projector, Speaker System, Audio/Video, Gaming Console, Plasma Panel, LCD TV, DVD Player, DTV Tuner, Satellite Receiver, Audio/Video Selector
Wireless TechnologyInfrared
Wireless Operating Distance15 m
ManufacturerUniversal Electronics, Inc
Product ModelURC 7960
Product NameSmartControl URC 7960 Universal Remote Control
Product LineSmartControl
Manufacturer Part NumberURC7960
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.uei.com
Marketing Information

SmartControl is the perfect universal remote for controlling all your HD digital equipment. It features One For All SmartControl technology that enables you to control main functions of main devices simultaneously without switching device modes.