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 10:55:13 AM
I have the Harmony 900 and it takes the place of;
Xbox controller (when not playing games of course)
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 ???
10/3/2012 2:22:17 PM
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.
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.
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