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New remote has a big touchscreen in the middle

Logitech's line of Harmony universal remote controls are some of the most popular universal remotes out there. The Harmony line is notable for being easy to program rather than having to type in long numerical codes for devices. Logitech has announced a new addition to its Harmony line of universal remote controls, and this is the first new remote to be launched in the series in a long time. 
The remote is called the Logitech Harmony Touch and adds an interesting touchscreen to the middle of the remote that looks quite similar to the Harmony One's screen. The main difference in looks between the new Harmony Touch and the Harmony One is the placement of the Touch's 2.4-inch color display.
That color display is designed to show users various buttons and icons. One of the more interesting uses for the screen is to show icons for your favorite channels allowing you to go to those channels with a single tap. The remote control also supports the activities macros that the Harmony line is famous for.
The Activities macros allow you to set up single button presses that will change inputs and turn on specific components for different things such as playing video games or watching movies. All the buttons on the remote control are backlit to make them easy to find and use in the dark. The remote can also be used to initiate Skype video phone calls if your TV is equipped with the Logitech TV Cam HD.

The Logitech Harmony Touch will ship this month at a retail price of $249.99. 

Source: Logitech

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The price... $249.99 ???
By happyfirst on 10/3/2012 10:22:04 AM , Rating: 3
We now have 7" android tablets selling for $199, but for just a remote with a much smaller screen, $249.99 ????

I don't understand why so much in these current times.

I had an 8 year harmony remote that was just awesome. Flawless for 8 years until somebody broke it. So last year upgraded to a new color harmony and that remote is just SO annoying, constantly making me re-walk the tutorial, over and over again. And it's so slow...

I don't know if I'd like a remote with so many FEWER buttons.

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By Rukkian on 10/3/2012 10:28:59 AM , Rating: 3
I would like to see a harmony app for android that allows all of the same functionality on my 4.6" screen. Should be quite a bit cheaper to produce.

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By pattycake0147 on 10/3/2012 12:28:09 PM , Rating: 2
Check out the harmony link. Sounds like your needs might be well served.

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By invidious on 10/3/2012 1:37:23 PM , Rating: 2
Based on what I read in reviews of the 'Link' it doesn't play nice with newer Android software versions or older Apple software versions. Which is a shame because it seems like a nice device otherwise, especially at the price point. I would suggest anyone looking into it find a review from someone with the exact mobile device model and software that they intend to use to confirm compatability. Buyer beware.

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By FITCamaro on 10/3/2012 12:52:56 PM , Rating: 4
How would it send signals to devices wanting an IR signal?

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By Integral9 on 10/3/2012 1:01:15 PM , Rating: 3
iirc, there's an IR blaster that's hooked up to your WiFi that your phone talks to it with.

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By Dr of crap on 10/3/12, Rating: 0
RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By degobah77 on 10/3/2012 10:55:13 AM , Rating: 5
I have the Harmony 900 and it takes the place of;
TV remote
AVR remote
Xbox controller (when not playing games of course)
PS3 controller
CD player remote
Bluray player (non PS3) remote
cable box remote

I am currently at 7 different remotes (can still add more) all combined into one nice looking device. It's perfect for the significant other who doesn't want to juggle remotes. All she has to do is press "Watch TV" or "Play DVD" and it turns everything on that is needed, off which is not needed, and when she's done, one power button to kill everything.

Granted, I was given the remote as a gift, but it's pretty damn cool and I would definitely buy another one.

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By Souka on 10/3/2012 2:22:17 PM , Rating: 2
Similar here... lots of remotes, some are not working well.

I orginally bought a refurb(ebay) Logitech 510... 4 device limit.

Outgrew it, go a Harmony one and have been happy since.

Also great for my mom and the sitter... if something doesn't work, just hit "help" and answer the questions.... no guessing what Video 1, HDMI 3, source 2, AUX in 3, etc is.

Real simple.

ONLY gripe is that it has to do one command at a time... with a complex start up... it could take 10 signal blasts to get things set.
But... waaayyyyyyy wayyyyy easier than fumbling with 4+ remotes to get the same thing done.

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By jRaskell on 10/3/2012 3:34:17 PM , Rating: 4
Save your money and use the remotes that come with the boxes you bought.

How about save your money and don't buy 'boxes' at all.
You don't need a tv, or a DVD/blu-ray player, or a gaming console, or cable/satellite service.

Ok, so maybe an argument could be made for the necessity of a tv, but that's about it. Certainly the cheapest 20-27 inch tv would be the absolute most necessary for 'staying connected to the world', but that's still stretching it a bit.

Point is, you don't need any remotes at all. They're a convenience, a want , and once you start delving into the realm of want , any argument based on what you need is utterly irrelevant.

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By Souka on 10/4/2012 12:16:43 PM , Rating: 2
Amazing post jRaskell... you are a genius

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By kleinma on 10/3/2012 10:47:06 AM , Rating: 2
Because android tablets are sold at $200 because they know there is residual money afterwards. It could be from app purchases or showing you ads. The price is subsidized because of this. Google doesn't want your $200, they want the millions of dollars advertisers will pay to show their ads through googles devices, and you get to be the benefactor of viewing such ads.

Logitech isn't going to make any more money from you once you buy the remote. They need to cover the R&D and MFGR costs up front, plus make a profit. Would you prefer a harmony remote that tracks the shows you watch and shows you ads on its screen if it was a little cheaper?

I also have not seen any $200 tablets coming with IR ports for sending signals to the various devices the remote can.

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By fic2 on 10/3/2012 11:03:14 AM , Rating: 2
Samsung Tab 2. Sure it is $250 but it is a tablet as well as a tablet.

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By msheredy on 10/3/2012 11:35:39 AM , Rating: 2
And that's not even their most expensive model!

RE: The price... $249.99 ???
By n0b0dykn0ws on 10/3/2012 3:20:54 PM , Rating: 3
You're barely paying for the remote, and in this case the touchscreen.

In the case of Harmony Remotes you are paying to have access to a database of codes for devices.

On another note I wouldn't want a tablet or smartphone to be 'locked' to one room so that the occupants can control all the AV devices. Could you imagine that argument between siblings? "Tommy, I want to use the Nexus 7 to change the channel." "Not right now Suzie! I'm in the middle of a game!"

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