Experts say the Logitech Harmony 1100 is blessed with a responsive 3.5-inch touch screen, easy web-based setup and a user-friendly interface. This is a tablet-style remote, which means that the Logitech Harmony 1100 will take up more space on your coffee table than a standard universal remote, but reviewers say the frame is easy to grasp (although it also shows every fingerprint and smudge). The remote can control up to 15 devices, but they must be within your line of sight because the Logitech Harmony 1100 is infrared (IR) only. You can add a radio frequency module, but springing for the Harmony RF Wireless Extender (*Est. $75) adds to the already high price tag. The Logitech Harmony 1100 also offers fewer customization options for handling repetitive actions -- there are several pre-programmed macros, but you can't create your own personalized activity sequences.
If you don't need a big touch screen, the Logitech Harmony One (*Est. $140) is cheaper and receives excellent reviews. You could also consider using an app that turns your existing Apple or Android smartphone or tablet into a universal remote control. We cover some possibilities in our complete report on universal remote controls.
CNET, PCMag.com, Audio/Video Revolution and TrustedReviews.com provide the best reviews of the Logitech Harmony 1100. Each source thoroughly tests the remote, and their balanced analysis details pros and cons.TechRadar.com and I4U.com offer helpful but shorter commentary. There are also quite a few owner-written reviews on Amazon.com.
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David Carnoy at CNET gives the Logitech Harmony 1100 a rating of "excellent," and he generally thinks it's a big improvement over its predecessor, the Harmony 1000. However, he also thinks the Harmony One is a better buy for those on a budget. His review was updated in January 2010 with a heads up regarding difficulties connecting Harmony remotes to Apple Mac computers.
Review: Logitech Harmony 1100, David Carnoy, Feb. 19, 2009
The Logitech Harmony 1100 also gets high ratings from Danny Phillips at Britain's TrustedReviews.com. The remote earns kudos for its sleek design, rechargeable battery and simple setup. The menu layout is a bit "muddled," but Phillips call it a great choice overall.
Review: Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote Review, Danny Phillips, June 14, 2009
The Logitech Harmony 1100 doesn't impress Wendy Sheehan Donnell at PCMag.com as much as other reviewers. She acknowledges that the remote has its high points, but says she doesn't like having to look down to change channels or volume, and the price tag is a serious drawback, though it has come down a bit since the time of the review.
Review: Logitech Harmony 1100, Wendy Sheehan Donnell, April 3, 2009
4. AudioVideo Revolution
The Logitech Harmony 1100 gets a lengthy review from Todd Daugherty at Audio/Video Revolution. He says he doesn't like the two-handed operation and notes that users will have to invest some time setting it up if they have large or complicated systems. Overall, though, Daugherty says the Harmony 1100 "does what it does very well."
Review: Logitech Harmony 1100 Remote, Todd Daugherty, May 26, 2009
I4U.com gives an Editors' Choice award to the Logitech Harmony 1100, saying it's highly recommended for complex home theater systems. Shane McGlaun says it's easy to program, but it may take some time to get advanced setup options working correctly.
Review: Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote Control Review, Shane McGlaun, April 20, 2009
Rik Henderson at Britain's TechRadar.com gives the Logitech Harmony 1100 a perfect 5 stars. Henderson says its best feature is the web-based setup that gives you access to more than 225,000 audio-video (AV) codes.
Review: Logitech Harmony 1100 Review, Rik Henderson, April 21, 2009
More than 350 owners give the Logitech Harmony 1100 above-average ratings at Amazon.com. Users report some lag time, and they wish for more macro customization options but say the remote works very well overall.
Review: Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote, Contributors to Amazon.com