Simplify Your Life
Modern living is complicated.
Technology plays a part - the TV system, music system, lighting, wi-fi, heating... too much to think about when you're already busy.
Then there's having to brief your guests and babysitters. If you've ever had that phone call from your Mum, partner or house-sitter just before an important meeting, you know exactly what we mean.
Ideally, all your favourite settings should already be there for you, or on a pre-programmed schedule you can easily override when you need.
That's what a control system does - everything is tied together with a simple, consistent interface and scheduler. You're in complete control - but now everything is simple and accessible.
Here you want something you can work blind, without taking your eyes of the screen. Let's face it - when watching with the kids, you're probably on your phone already. The best answer is always a tactile handset, with good visual feedback - real buttons and a smaller touchscreen.
What about a tablet or phone?
This can work well, but only if the device is never used for other jobs. Otherwise they tend to slow up a bit, or go obsolete in a few years, or get pinched by your children to play Fortnite on... basically a dedicated device is a much better idea.
Use phones and tablets as a backup - say if the remote is on the other sofa, or if you want to turn the cinema off from the bedroom, or even if you want to manage your other home.
You absolutely must have tactile feedback, just like you do when watching TV. This might mean a keypad, but we also really like 'real light switches', linked in to a clever system - which Rako lets us do with ease.
Which control make is best?
Any of the top-tier control system companies - if set up properly - should keep you happy.
More important than brand is having a properly trained and experienced provider who will listen to your needs and come up with something great to meet them.
That said, we've looked very carefully at the control market over several years and chose Savant for our projects and clients.
Savant Pro X2 Remote
Savant iOS app
Savant is closely aligned with Apple® and aims to match them for quality, simplicity and extreme ease of use. At the upper end of the range, Savant use Mac Pro and Mac mini as their central processors.
The Savant handset and app are simple, classy and luxurious.