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Logitech Harmony One

*Est. $140
Reviewed
December 2011
by ConsumerSearch
Logitech Harmony One

Best universal remote control

Pros
  • Touch-screen controls
  • Comfortable to use
  • Web-guided setup
  • Rechargeable
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Finish shows fingerprints and smudges
  • Setup isn't easy
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Reviewers agree that the Logitech Harmony One is a fantastic universal remote overall, though testers do find a few flaws. The Harmony One improves upon other Harmony remote controls (which were already top-rated) by adding touch-screen controls. It can control up to 15 components, and it uses a web-based setup process. The Harmony One features a design that testers say is comfortable to use. The Harmony One is infrared (IR) only, which is fine for controlling audio-video (AV) components in the same room. However, if you also want to control components in another room or in a closet or closed cabinet, you might want to opt for the Logitech Harmony 900 (*Est. $250) instead. The Harmony 900 has a very similar design to the Harmony One but adds radio-frequency (RF) support so that it can communicate with AV devices in other rooms or behind cabinet doors.

CNET and Audioholics.com both provide detailed and thorough test-based reviews of the Harmony One, covering every aspect of the remote. Expert reviews at PCMag.com and PC World are briefer, but they also post user reviews. The write-ups at Sound & Vision magazine and Wired are also useful and based on testing. Finally, Amazon.com has lots of user reviews.

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Our Sources

1. CNET

CNET grants the Harmony One an Editors' Choice award. David Carnoy covers all facets of the Harmony One in his review, distilling the most important points into a list of pros and cons at the very top. Carnoy draws some comparisons between the Harmony One and previous Harmony remotes. Lots of user reviews are also posted here. A Sept. 21, 2009 update draws attention to the Logitech Harmony 900, with its addition of RF capability.

Review: Logitech Harmony One Advanced, David Carnoy, Feb. 21, 2008

2. Audioholics.com

In this review, Clint DeBoer of Audioholics.com covers every aspect of the Harmony One in detail, from its ergonomics to its ease of programming. He provides ratings for features, performance value and more.

Review: Logitech Harmony One Remote Control Review, Clint DeBoer, Sept. 21, 2008

3. PCMag.com

PJ Jacobowitz tests the Harmony One and compares it to its predecessor. A rating makes it possible to compare the Harmony One to other remotes that the magazine has tested. The Harmony One earns a PCMag.com Editors' Choice award.

Review: Logitech Harmony One, PJ Jacobowitz, Jan. 5, 2008

4. PC World

PC World reviewer Becky Waring tests the Harmony One and gives it a top rating despite some setup issues. Though it is not compared directly to other remotes, the rating helps readers see where the Harmony One stands relative to other choices.

Review: Logitech Harmony One, Becky Waring, Feb. 27, 2008

5. Good Housekeeping

The Logitech Harmony One is the clear winner in this test of 12 universal remotes. Although editors acknowledge it's expensive, they say the price is definitely worth it for large home theaters.

Review: Best Universal Remote Controls, Editors of Good Housekeeping

6. Sound & Vision Magazine

John Sciacca is most impressed with the Harmony One's ergonomics, covering that aspect at length for Sound & Vision magazine. Sciacca also talks about the Harmony One's programmability. In the end, the Harmony One is impressive enough to earn the magazine's Certified and Recommended award.

Review: Logitech Harmony One Advanced Universal Remote Control, John Sciacca, April 3, 2008

7. Wired

Mathew Honan gives the Logitech Harmony One a high rating in this brief review. Honan likes the touch screen and easy setup, but he regrets the lack of radio frequency (RF) functionality.

Review: Logitech Harmony One, Mathew Honan, Oct. 20, 2008

8. Amazon.com

More than 800 owners give the Logitech Harmony One mostly high ratings on Amazon.com, for an average of 4,1 out of 5 stars. Reviewers say the design is much improved over previous Harmony remotes, and most say they are able to program the remote easily.

Review: Logitech Harmony One Universal Remote With Color Touchscreen, Contributors to Amazon.com

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