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Unified Remote lets you control your computer in all sorts of neat ways, with only a slightly noticeable lag. The latter is very easy to forgive once you see the sheer number of specialized remotes the app includes. If you pay for the upgrade, the number of remotes it adds becomes almost absurd.

In order to make this program work, you need to download a companion program on the PC you want to control. There is a portable version of the program, so you can take it with you and put it on any computer you want. Windows Firewall may block some of the program's features at first, though. Once you've finally set everything up, turning on the Unified Remote app is a breeze. It can control your mouse, keyboard, and more, but it does take about a microsecond for your movement to register on your computer. The app includes custom remotes for programs like Spotify, VLC, and Windows Media Player. If you buy the full version, it gives you dozens more that have custom controls for just about any program you can think of. The premium version adds nifty voice controls, too. Sadly, even the full version of the app doesn't support third-party keyboards on your phone if you're a Swype or Swiftkey fan. Other than that, the app is very powerful and very fun to use.

If you're constantly running into situations where you need to control your computer from afar, download Unified Remote. The first couple of times you'll try this app, it will really feel like magic.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "This Is Slick...Truly Slick"

    April 21, 2012  |   By PJFTL

    Version: Unified Remote 2.2.0

    Pros

    Downloaded and installed on my laptop without problem
    The Android component downloaded and installed on my phone without problem
    It works for on so many things a normal user would use...and then some.

    Cons

    Small learning curve geting used to the terminology for this application. I think it would have been more appropriate to refer to the "remotes" as applications or functions. But these are very minor and very picky.

    Summary

    I installed the Unified Remote Server on my Sony Vaio laptop that has the 64-bit version of Windows 7 Professional installed on it with Norton Internet Security 2012. I installed the Uniified Remote Client on my Motorola Droid, Android version 2.2.3.

    Everything was simple to install and I was shocked that the first time I brought it up on my phone I actually connected to my laptop (my phone normally connects to my laptop via bluetooth). I did need to configure the remotes and a few other settings that are really vanity settings. I did not have to make any other changes for me to be able to connect and use the applications.

    Bottom line...this application works, works well, and will definitely satisfy those techno-geeks (like me) always on the hunt for a new toy we cn play with...and aside from a very small amount of your time, it won't cost you anything else because this is free (note....they do have a "pay version" but the feee version is definitely enough to satisfy my inner geekiness. :-)

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