Published on Saturday, 14 April 2012 11:08
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In my bedroom alone i have a grand total of 7 remote controls for quite a large range of devices so you can certainly understand how frustrating having to find the right one every time can be. Universal remote controls have existed for many years now but never could a single remote cover 100% of your needs so if you were really lucky and you didn't have many devices of the same type to control you would just need to keep the AC remote around. The very first universal remote i used was the rather impressive (even by today’s standards) Philips SBC RU880 i bought back in 2004 and which is still working just like the first day. However much like everything in this world the time has come for something improved to take its place and i just couldn't think of anything better for the job than the Harmony 1100 Advanced Universal Remote by Logitech.
Logitech was founded in 1981 at Apples, Switzerland and the first device they conjured was the mouse which provided a more intuitive way of interacting with computers. Since those early days they have expanded their expertise in product design beyond the computer mouse, with a broad portfolio of interface devices that are the “last inch” between you and your computer or your console game, digital music or home-entertainment system. With products sold in almost every country in the world, Logitech’s leadership in innovation now encompasses a wide variety of personal peripherals (both cordless and corded), with special emphasis on products for PC navigation, gaming, Internet communications, digital music and home-entertainment control. For each of their product categories they study how our customers use their digital devices and their our designers and engineers set their sights on how they can create a better experience with those devices – richer, more comfortable, more fun, more productive, more convenient, more delightful. Focused on innovation and quality, Logitech designs personal peripherals to help people enjoy a better experience with the digital world.
Roughly 5 years ago Logitech changed what we knew about universal remotes with their revolutionary Harmony 1000 remote that actually allowed end users to control each and every single one of their wireless devices via an 3.5" color touchscreen and a very intuitive GUI. The Harmony 1100 advanced universal remote arrived less than 3 years later in early 2010 and aside resolving some issues found with the original it also featured a nice number of updates such as a better touchscreen, brand new OS, onscreen clock (something the original was supposed to have) and increased operating angle for the IR transmitter. Unfortunately i was unable to take a thorough look at the time of its release but guess it's better late than ever correct? So let's check it out and see what it really has to offer and if of course it deserves the somewhat hefty price tag it carries along with it.