Logitech Unveils New Harmony Touch Universal Remote Control
October 3, 2012 10:02 AM
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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.
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RE: The price... $249.99 ???
10/3/2012 10:47:06 AM
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 ???
10/3/2012 11:03:14 AM
Samsung Tab 2. Sure it is $250 but it is a tablet as well as a tablet.
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