No Home Automation system is perfect… but some are better than others. In this review, we focus on touch-screens and ignore other important criteria (see next week’s review for more on that), such as integration compatibility, pricing, ease of installation, and after-sales service. For consistency, we focus on the most popular size: the 7″ range.
Here are our top 5 pics (with one honourable mention):
1 | Vantage EQ73
This award-winning screen by Legrand Vantage™ boasts the best perceived quality in its class with its slick design and expensive-looking materials. It features a titanium TrimLine II frame and black glass-to edge surface aesthetic. It is also in its version 2.0 updated format, with higher resolution, as well as an upgraded processor. It offers a simple, smart tablet type navigation experience with complete consistency across others Vantage touch-panels. Ambient light sensors for auto day/night backlighting automatically adjusts brightness, and a front motion sensor can initiate tasks automatically. Its difficult to fault this device, were it not for the fact that it does not support intercom control yet. But all EQ73s ship with 3x speakers and a microphone, and Legrand Integrated Systems have reportedly claimed to add this feature with future firmware updates.
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2 | Crestron TSW-760
Crestron’s TSW-760 7” Touch Screen is a space-saving wall- or tabletop touchscreen equipped with five backlit, soft-touch capacitive buttons that can be programmed for any task or function. It also features onboard voice recognition, Rava SIP intercom, H.264 streaming video, and web browsing. As home automation systems go, Creston is considered the standard, and their new TSW range of touchscreens prove it.
3 | RTI KX7
4 | Legrand MyHOME Screen 10
5 | ELAN gTP7-W
The gTP7 is a 7” touchscreen interface for your ELAN controllers. WiFi-enabled and with a high-resolution touch screen, it includes a camera and microphone. Powered over Ethernet (PoE) for easy installation.
Control4 T3-7 | Compares well with rest, but pricing and lack of any customised configuration count against it.