Pretty much everyone has caved and bought a universal remote
at some point or another. Somehow, it never seems to be truly universal
and ends up in a pile with the other remotes and you have to paw
through the pile every time you want to turn on the boob tube.
today swears the Harmony 900 is the last one you'll ever need. And not
only does the company promise it will control everything - TV, movies,
games and music - Logitech claims the Harmony 900 will do it even when
the components are behind closed cabinet doors.
The remote has a full-color touch screen and can replace up to 15
controls. It controls the devices behind closed doors through the use
of "IR blasters" that you place on the cabinet shelves nearby.
The button layout is divided into four sections:
• traditional DVD controls
• on-screen menu buttons
Logitech brags that "[o]nly the 44 most-essential buttons appear on the
Harmony 900 remote" and also that "each of those buttons is
individually sculpted" - so you can tell by touch if you're hitting the
right button (a useful feature for anyone who's accidentally changed
channels or fast-forwarded instead of rewinding while watching a movie
in the dark).
And despite the fact that the remote controls up to 15 devices, there
are certain one-touch controls that will turn on multiple devices. For
example, if you want to watch television, the device will turn on the
TV, cable box and, if you have it linked up, the stereo, plus any other
The remote should be available in the U.S. and Europe in September, and
the suggested retail price is $399.99. It comes with a recharging
cradle, rechargeable battery, IR blaster and two "mini" blasters.
Blasters should become available online in some areas later on,