Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote Control with Color Touchscreen. This is possibly the most high tech remote control ever made. That might be an exaggeration, but not by much. The Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote control is designed to control hundreds of thousands of devices, from five thousand manufacturers-and it even has an easy to use touchscreen to help you control them.
As far as looks are concerned, this is a very attractive device in and of itself. Though designed to merely control other devices, it is sleek and well made with a responsive touchscreen that isn’t slow and sluggish. The button shapes and layout are easy to learn, and are such that you easily use the remote by touch, without needing to look what you are pressing.
Unlike many remote controls, that require batteries to run them, this is rechargeable and even comes with it’s own docking station for the purposes of charging it. That means no more late night scrambles to find spare batteries when your remote suddenly starts to die on you. It also means that, since you are likely to place the remote back in the charging cradle when not in use in order to charge it, that you are more likely to know where to find it the next day. If you forget to charge it occasionally, that’s ok-it should last for at least a couple of days of average use between charges.
It is capable of controlling up to fifteen different devices, which means that the average family home will only need this one remote control. With just one remote to keep track of, it is far easier to avoid losing it. Since Logitech promises to add support for new devices as they are created, and let you update the remote by using your computer, this remote should last a long time. Older devices are also supported, either by model and brand or by the learn function, using the original controller.
Set up is easy through the computer, by connecting the remote via USB and finding the device you want to control on the website. There are a very wide range of devices supported from around five thousands brands, giving you a very high chance that anything that you own will work with this remote. If you are unfortunate enough to not be able to find your device, you can use it’s remote to let the Harmony remote ‘learn’ how to control the device.
The touchscreen seemed a little over the top to begin with, but the one touch controls that it provides for you soon become essential. Not only will the remote start a DVD with a single click, but it will make sure that all of the devices that you need in order to watch a DVD are turned on, and in the right order. So a single click will turn on your TV, sound system, and player before starting the disc.
This is the perfect remote control for simplifying your home tech set-up, allowing you to get rid of fifteen remotes, and essentially ensuring that you need no more than one remote per room of the house.