If you're looking for a high-quality universal remote control at a bargain-basement price point, critics say the Logitech Harmony 200 is the best option around. Most note that the Harmony 200 features a sturdy, ergonomic physical design, four programmable buttons, an activity-based "watch TV" button, and the same excellent computer-based setup as more expensive Logitech universal remotes.
Unfortunately, a lot of the advanced features you'll find on those more expensive remotes aren't included in the Harmony 200. There's no touch screen, backlit keys or support for multiple activity-based macros, and the remote can only control up to three separate devices. Some users bemoan the lack of dedicated skip forward/back controls, as well, although you can assign those functions to the programmable buttons.
If you have a basic home theater setup and don't need those advanced features, critics say the Logitech Harmony 200 is an excellent choice. If you have multiple home theater components, however, experts point out that more capable universal remotes, such as the Logitech Harmony One (*Est. $140) or the URC Digital R50 (*Est. $75), offer much greater functionality and have recently seen price cuts.
CNET, TrustedReviews.com and ExpertReviews.co.uk all conduct hands-on testing of the Logitech Harmony 200 and offer detailed analysis and numerical ratings. A small, but growing number of users have also posted critiques at Amazon.com.
The CNET editors only give the Logitech Harmony 200 a rating of "very good," with reviewer John P. Falcone spending much of the time detailing what it's missing compared to its pricier line-mates. However, Falcone still says that those looking for a very basic universal remote won't find a better choice in its price category than the Logitech Harmony 200.
Review: Logitech Harmony 200, John P. Falcone, Aug. 13, 2011
Andrew Williams gives the Logitech Harmony 200 an 8 (out of 10) rating, which ties the high-water marks for universal remotes at British site TrustedReviews.com. The three-page review is detailed and extensive. "It's highly affordable, much easier to set up than most universal remotes and feels just as well-made as its more expensive counterparts," Williams says of the Harmony 200.
Review: Logitech Harmony 200 review, Andrew Williams, Sept. 22, 2011
3. Expert Reviews (U.K.)
Tom Morgan's review of the Logitech Harmony 200 at Britain's ExpertReviews.co.uk is obviously based on hands-on testing, but little of it is documented in this brief write-up. Nevertheless, Morgan is highly impressed with the $20 remote control, awarding it a perfect 5-star rating and a Best Buy award.
Review: Logitech Harmony 200 Universal Remote Control Review, Tom Morgan, Aug. 21, 2011
Reviews of the Logitech Harmony 200 are starting to appear at Amazon.com. Initial reports indicate that users like this budget remote control as much as Logitech's more expensive remotes, and the vast majority of users award it ratings of 4 or 5 stars (out of 5). Users do report having a bit more difficulty setting up the remote than do expert reviewers.
Review: Logitech 915-000148 Harmony 200 Remote for Three Devices, Contributors to Amazon.com