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: We've been big fans of Logitech 's Harmony universal remote controls for some time now. The Harmony One won an Award last year, while the Harmony 1000, this rectangular-shaped tablet control's predecessor, bagged a five-star recommendation back in October 2007.
Pros: Easy to use, regular updates, activities work well, charger
Cons: No big gain over its predecessor, price hike, can', t transfer settings from another Harmony device
Excerpt: The Harmony 1100 takes the concept of universal remotes further than most. Logitech claims it can recognise 225,000 devices from 5,000 manufacturers, and tests with our home equipment brought no problems. It was set up in 20 minutes via a PC and successfully controlled our TVs, hi-fis and set-top boxes, and the 3.5in touchscreen is big enough for comfortable use.
Summary: There’s something undeniably satisfying about reclining on the sofa with a universal remote, safe in the knowledge that the five zappers it’s replaced are lying redundant in the loft. Our favourite so far has been the Logitech Harmony 1000, and the 1100 is its successor. It’s still a lightweight, slim device – almost too unassuming considering the price – with the key focus being the programming of ‘activities’ (for example, ‘watch TV’ or ‘play a game’), which are...
Conclusion: The Logitech Harmony 1100 is really the remote that the 1000 should have been. We just wish it was less expensive or else came with a Harmony RF Wireless Extender included. Still, it costs far less than high-end tablet remotes that require their own professional programmers, and, if you look at it that way, the 1100 represents a pretty good deal. The main question for many people will be whether to buy this model or the less-expensive Harmony One , or even the 1000.