Logitech Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote Control
4 weeks ago
Excerpt: The Logitech Harmony 1100 is a high-end and expensive remote, but its cheaper than many other tablet models and has a sleek touch-screen interface. While the touch-screen is used for most of the actions and activities (such as Watch TV, Watch a DVD, etc), there are also hard buttons for changing the channel, adjusting the volume, and navigating through menus and guides. The Harmony 1100 performs well and is very responsive.
Summary: The Logitech Harmony 1100 is an excellent touch-screen universal remote that corrects most of the shortcomings and frustrations of its predecessor, but its high price will relegate it to high-end home theaters only.
Pros: Tablet-style, touch-screen, universal remote that controls 15 devices; controls components via infrared or RF (for an extra charge); includes rechargeable battery and docking station; Web-programmable and compatible with Windows and Macintosh PCs via simple, straightforward software wizard; less expensive than competing tablet models; faster response time and improved operation versus Harmony 1000.
Cons: Pricey, especially considering that the RF module costs extra; screen drains battery quickly when it's not left in the charging stand; no easy way to use in more than one room; lacks the design and programming flexibility (you can't design your own buttons, custom screen layouts, or program multi-device macros) that many high-end remotes offer; setting up systems with more than five or six components can get pretty tricky.
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.