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Logitech Harmony round up [BC-PLG-GAMEINFORMER-GEAR:MCT]
[July 14, 2010]

Logitech Harmony round up [BC-PLG-GAMEINFORMER-GEAR:MCT]

(McClatchy-Tribune News Service Via Acquire Media NewsEdge) When it comes to home theaters, knowing how to navigate the controls of your various components is imperative to maximizing your couch time. Logitech makes it simple with its line of Harmony universal remotes. We took three of its newer offerings for a spin, ranging from the simple and basic controller to the feature-heavy touchscreen navigator.

Harmony 300 The Harmony 300 is the gold standard for high-quality, low-cost universal remotes. Instead of guessing your way through inputting manufacturer codes to get the remote to work, the 300 plugs in to a PC just like high-end remotes to give its users an easy-to-use system with a database of nearly every product on the market. While the remote lacks the fancy LCD screen, people looking to combine their basic equipment into one package without breaking the bank should start here.

Rating: 7/10 Details: $49.99, ___ Harmony 700 The rechargeable Harmony 700 is Logitech's mid-range universal remote. Featuring a customizable color LCD and support for up to six components, users can bring their console, TV, DVD player, and receiver under one umbrella. This was our favorite remote we tested, and would make a great addition to any home theater setup.

Rating: 8/10 Details: $149.99, ___ Harmony 1100 With its touchscreen controls, the 1100 looks more like a Star Trek gadget and is the ultimate remote control. It features an RF system, which allows for multi-room control and hidden components. While the Harmony 1100 is a sexy piece of hardware, it's harder to hover your finger over the touchscreen while fast-forwarding or pausing a show than it is to rest your finger on a button and rely on muscle memory. In practice, the 1100 may require more brain power than the average person would want for basic functionality.

Rating: 7/10 Details: $399.99, ___ For more video game news and reviews, check out the latest issue of Game Informer or visit the magazine's Web site at

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