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: 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 Logitech Harmony line of universal remotes . I love and continue to use the Harmony 900 I reviewed earlier this year .
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
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.
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.
Conclusion: As for that $500 price tag, we have to believe that a good chunk of it goes toward paying the salaries of the tech-support folks who help consumers program the odd piece of gear that refuses to cooperate with Harmony’s software. Programming the Harmony 1100 to control our A/V receiver was a snap, but we couldn’t manage to bring our Dish Network satellite tuner to heel without calling Logitech’s help.
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.