With its 3.5” colour LCD touch screen, the Logitech Harmony 1100 certainly looks an impressive remote control, with its non-traditional design making it look more like a advanced control unit than a humble remote.
Finished in stylish black the Logitech Harmony 1100 looks good even before you switch it on. The screen takes up two thirds of the unit with the ‘hard buttons’ sitting on the right hand side. These are the frequently used volume and channel up and down buttons and a directional pad in the middle. Press the power button and the full colour screen pops up displaying a nicely designed user interface that complements the overall style of the remote. You are presented with the ‘activity’ buttons that we have seen on other Logitech remotes like the Harmony One and the Harmony 650. With these activity buttons you can select which of your devices control a particular function (for example your DVD and television to ‘watch a film’) and when you select this activity, the relevant devices will be switched on. You can also set more advanced features like which input on your television is used for your DVD player for example.
The remote is supplied with the necessary software to install on your computer and a USB cable to connect the remote. It is then a simple case of running the software, selecting your devices, testing, and away you go. If you run into trouble, as with all Logitech Harmony remotes, the customer support is first rate.
The Logitech Harmony 1100 looks like it could work its way through batteries fairly rapidly so the remote control comes with a neat recharging station as shown in the image to store it when its not in use. This also has the advantage that you’ll always know where to find it!
The Harmony 1100 is also capable of sending RF Wireless signals if you need to control relevant components, and an optional remote extender is available if some of your kit is hidden behind doors, or in units.
What to consider before you buy the Logitech Harmony 1100
The layout of the remote might not suit those people who prefer a traditional style of remote control, and the hard buttons on the right hand side of the unit are going to be uncomfortable for left handed people to use. People with small hands might also find the remote a little too big for them. We have also heard that you cannot upgrade your settings from a previous Harmony remote to the 1100 (unlike previous Harmony remotes) so you’ll have to start from scratch with this one.
Why you should buy the Logitech Harmony 1100
The Harmony 1100 is not a cheap remote control by any standard, and its functions are not all that different from other Harmony remotes. What it does do though is really look the part, so if you want a touch screen remote control that will look great sat on your coffee table and will control all your equipment with ease, you can’t go far wrong.
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