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
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.
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.
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.
Summary: Logitech unveiled its latest touchscreen remote, the Harmony 1100, at the Consumer Electronics Show -- and gadget lovers everywhere clamored to get their grubby little hands on it. Switching the main controls and focus over to an attractive touchscreen, Logitech has addressed many of the concerns from its previous model with smart improvements and creative new additions.