Most universal remotes, Logitech reckons, have a "bad reputation" for being tricky to program; that's something the company hopes to amend with the new Logitech Harmony 300. Capable of replacing up to four remotes, the real interest is in Logitech's newly redesigned myharmony.com setup site that promises easy configuration for over 225,000 devices covering 5,000 brands.
Logitech have outed two new universal remote controls in their Harmony series, and unlike other models in the line-up they both come in at under $100. The Logitech Harmony 650 and the Logitech Harmony 600 are pretty much identical, bar the 650 having a color display that's network icon capable.
Universal remote controls are getting to be so complex that you could reasonably be more entertained by them than you are with what's on your big-screen TV. Last we heard of Silver PAC they were pushing their eye-catching digital photo frame; now the company is promising an equally distinctive touchscreen remote control for launch at CES 2010, the Silver PAC evolution 5500. Based around a finger-friendly 4.3-inch display, the evolution 5500 not only controls your Windows Media Center but up to 100 other devices and has SideShow functionality.
I have been using and reviewing Logitech Harmony remotes for years and so far, I have found them to be some of the best universal remotes on the market. The only real downside to most of the Harmony remotes is that they are expensive devices.
Universal remotes are still all the rage, right? Well, SMK-Link is either hoping that's still the case, or that there's still someone out there who hasn't consolidated all of their home entertainment remotes down into one, fancy-looking device. Of course, there's always the little fact that this remote, the Blu-Link, actually controls your PlayStation 3, too. And, according to SMK-Link, they're the first company to do it, while also including other home entertainment devices.
Logitech have unveiled their latest universal remote, the Harmony 900, an RF unit that - with the three bundled IR blasters - can control devices in other rooms or enclosed in cabinets. The Harmony 900 remote has a full-color touchcreen as well as numerous backlit hardware buttons, and can be set up via an online wizard; Logitech claim battery life of up to a week.
Universal Remote Control (URC) have announced their latest mode, the MX-5000, offering a haptic feedback touchscreen. Based around the same technology as the URC MX-6000, only with a more traditional form-factor, the MX-5000 supports two-way communication via WiFi b/g and RF.
Logitech have announced availability for their Harmony Adapter for the PS3, the adapter which links the company's Harmony universal remotes with the Sony console. Priced at $59.99, the Harmony Adapter will be available "in the next few weeks" in North America, together with a European launch in July and an imminent arrival in Australia.
Logitech's Harmony 1100 universal remote has finally gone on sale at Newegg, offering a 3.5-inch touchscreen, both infrared and RF capabilities, customizable icons, layouts and macros, and the ability to set it all up via a PC. The Harmony 1100 has access to Logitech's 225,000 device-strong A/V control database, including models from 5,000 brands.
Not everyone has an All-in-One Home theater system that can manage its full-feature within a single remote control. Thanks to a programmable Universal remote control, I’m able to operate multiple electronic consumer devices using a single controller device on my component shelf, regardless of the brand. If you are in the process to eliminate the need of multiple remote control units, Philips has refreshed their Prestigo Universal remote line-up with SRT 9320 with a 2.8-inch touchscreen LCD screen mixed with hard buttons. It worth a look.
The SRT9320 can control up to 20 devices and is completely programmable to enable multi-devices macro and learning modes. Though it come equipped with a USB port for software update, the device can be programmed directly without the need of the software apps. The touchscreen LCD can display your favorite channel line-up and customized commands.
Unlike their flagship Pronto series remote control, the Prestigo doesn’t has a cradle or charger docking station (doesn’t use rechargeable battery) and it lacks the much-advanced RF capabilities. Priced at $249, Philips' Prestigo SRT9320 is slated to release in the first quarter of 2009.