Logitech Harmony One
Best universal remote control
To say reviewers love the Logitech Harmony One is putting it mildly. Experts praise the Harmony One's excellent setup software, touch-screen color LCD and sleek, ergonomic design that testers find comfortable and intuitive. The Harmony One remote control has sculpted, backlit buttons and comes with a charging station for its lithium-ion battery. A web-based setup wizard makes programming relatively easy, letting the Harmony One control up to 15 devices with one-touch ease. Web-based setup ensures the remote will keep up with the latest audio-video equipment, but non-techies may find this process a little overwhelming. Although reviewers rave about the Logitech Harmony One, it is probably overkill if you want to control two or three components. A lack of radio-frequency functionality is a notable shortfall, and the Harmony One can't control devices behind closed cabinets or in other rooms.