Summary: CNET, PCMag.com, Audio/Video Revolution and TrustedReviews.com provide the best reviews of the Logitech Harmony 1100. Each source thoroughly tests the remote, and their balanced analysis details pros and cons. TechRadar.com and I4U.com offer helpful but shorter commentary. There are also quite a few owner-written reviews on Amazon.com.
Pros: 3.5-inch color touch screen, Easy to program and use, Rechargeable battery
Excerpt: Like a skeleton in the closet or a beating heart in the floorboards, many home theater enthusiasts are cursed by a barrage of remote controls, each with different shapes, sizes, and battery demands. Cheap multi-device programmable remotes help, but Logitech's Harmony line has for years been something of a savior, elegantly hiding all your devices behind simple activities like "Watch TV" or "Play a CD.
Pros: Solid feel, Sophisticated design, Comprehensive device support
Cons: High cost, Too few buttons, Not enjoyable to use
Excerpt: A good friend of mine needed a universal remote with RF to control his new media room. All of his A/V equipment is behind his couch in the back of the room. He needed the remote for a few months and looked to me for a good tech-solution and a good deal as well. I immediately thought of the .
Pros: - Well made, - Powerful IR transmitter, - Customizable button layout
Cons: - Only 90 days of tech support, - Known issues for Mac users, - Had to create a new account/new setup, - Expensive, - Two handed use
Conclusion: If you have big bucks and insist on a touch-screen remote, Logitech's slick Harmony 1100 isn't bad. But the baton-style Harmony One, with its smaller screen, additional hardware buttons, and better ergonomics, is much easier to use—and afford.
Pros: Beautifully designed. Sharp 3.5-inch touch screen. Controls up to 15 devices. Highly customizable. Intuitive software.
Cons: Very pricey, and RF extender costs an additional $100. Touch-screen buttons are tough to manipulate without using both hands and looking down at the screen. Computer-based configuration can be time-consuming with complicated home-theater setups. No Bluetooth support.
Conclusion: The Logitech Harmony 1100 is an impressive universal remote complete with a colour LCD touchscreen but it costs £327, a substantial outlay. The device is certainly a high quality unit and performs flawlessly when asked to do its job. The touch screen is a very nice feature and provides a certain elegance that you don’t normally get... it will certainly put a smile on your face and impress your friends.
Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote Control Review
25 August 2009
Conclusion: Like all Harmony remotes, this one certainly does not disappoint. The 1100 has the same unbelievably easy setup that the company has built its remote business on. Logitech carries that ease through to the actual day-to-day use as well and does so in a chic, compact package. Just expect to pay for those aesthetics and simplicity. This sleek touchscreen may require a bit of effort for those used to standard wand-style button-based remotes, but it's fun, it's different, and...
Cons: Pricey, Setup process has no Blu-ray selection, RF will cost you extra, via the Harmony RF Extender
Excerpt: Harmony is a great name for this Universal Remote Control. Its main objective is to allow the user to eliminate all other remotes and solely use the 1100 as the single entity to direct multiple home theater devices needing orders at the same time. Logitech spares no modesty in its confidence to do just that, as the startup screen on the 1100 welcomes you with its boastful claim, “Finally, One Remote To Control Them All.” And that it does.
Excerpt: With a price tag one penny shy of 500 clams (you can buy it online for less), there’s no denying that Logitech’s Harmony 1100 Universal Remote is pricey, until you compare it with touch-screen remote controls from companies such as Crestron and AMX, which cost several times more.
Pros: Excellent touch-screen; easily programmable; replaces multiple remotes; very comfortable to use
Cons: Expensive; very short battery life; doesn't support Bluetooth; telephone tech support expires after 60 days
Excerpt: Whether you are a home theater enthusiast or not, you probably have multiple remotes floating around your living room. One for your TV, one for your set-top box, another for the stereo, and a fourth for the DVD/Blu-ray player might be a basic setup, but then people are adding on HTPCs, receivers, different set-top boxes (Roku, etc.), the remote controls really start piling up. (My air conditioner even has one.