Samsung UN55C9000 Ultra-Thin 3D HDTV - 3in. Touchscreen Remote Overview

Article Index
Samsung UN55C9000 Ultra-Thin 3D HDTV
Closer Look and Features
UN55C9000 Specifications
3in. Touchscreen Remote Overview
TV Menus and Features
TV analysis and 3D Viewing

Remote Overview:

The remote has a few physical buttons including power, volume up/down, channel up/down as well as mute and source.  Other than that all of the remote functions take place on the 3" touchscreen that we've pictured below.  My wife is not a fan of the remote as she has a hard time getting any mobile device's touchscreen to work consistently for her.  I find it great as I'm a fan of the touchscreen and this just makes the bundle that much better for me.

The downside to the touchscreen of course is the fact that the battery life on the remote is horrible.  I had to charge it every 2-3 days in order to keep it rocking.  This is also with pretty light use.  If you're a heavy remote user, you'll probably have to charge it every night - especially if you use features like channel preview, media play and more on the remote itself.

The Remote offers touch-screen "D-Pad" navigation as well as the ability to enter TV channels by number.  If you swipe your finger sideways on the screen, you get another screen full of more TV controls, options and menu functions.

TV Navigation
TV Navigation
More TV Control
More TV Control
Satellite Control
Satellite Control

 

Some of you that are gamers and programmers may be familiar with "Macros", but for many other people this is a new idea.  A Macro is a pre-defined set of instructions that may have pauses, numbers, and other button presses involved.  Some gaming keyboards give you the ability to program macros in order to help with your game, but this is a first for a remote control - at least that I've seen.

As you can also see below, there are a whole host of other services such as Internet@TV, Media Play, 3D Features, Yahoo! Widgets, Channel List, Favorite Channels, Picture Size, Closed Captioning, MTS Surround and the ability to add extra services such as remote controls, devices and more.

Remote Settings
Remote Settings
Services
Services
Additional Services
Additional Services

 

The TV and the remote both have Media Play functionality where you can play back photos, music or video from a connected DLNA compatible device or from a PC connected to the network.  This is a nice tough - although playback on the remote - while cool, is really not that useful when you can view it on a 55" screen instead.  Still, this is a pretty cool feature.

Media Play
Media Play
On-Screen Keyboard
On-Screen Keyboard

 

One thing that can be very handy with a remote like this is a touch screen keyboard and while the screen is a little small for this, you can actually rotate the remote on its side and the keyboard will auto-rotate to a landscape mode providing large keys and a more roomy interface.  That's right - the remote even has accelerometers in order to allow this feature.  If it were this simple to input text on the TV, I'd be a super happy man.

On the next page we'll take a look at the TV menus, setup and features of this TV before as we begin testing the UN55C9000.