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Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote with Color Touch Screen (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- One-touch, activity-based controls
- 3.5-inch, full-color touch screen
- Customizable commands, icons and screens
- RF wireless capability. Support for 5,000+ brands and 225,000+ devices
- Rechargeable, complete with charging stand
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|Item Dimensions||7.55 x 10.55 x 3.25 in||1.61 x 10.79 x 5.75 in||2 x 6 x 0.6 in||1.22 x 2.2 x 7.34 in||12 x 3 x 8 in||3.94 x 5.32 x 10.08 in|
The Logitech Harmony 1100 gives you powerful home-entertainment control through a customizable, 3.5-inch full-color touch screen. Controls are easy to access and are backlit, so you can easily find them in the dark. One-touch, activity-based controls turn on the right devices in the right order with a single command. RF wireless capability lets you control devices without direct line-of-sight, so you can keep components in a closed cabinet or even another room (requires Logitech Harmony RF Extender, sold separately). The on-screen commands are customizable, so you get the commands you want, when you want them. The Harmony 1100 supports more than 5000 brands and over 225,000 devices.
From the Manufacturer
|Logitech Harmony 1100 |
One touch changes everything—with personalized home theater control
|One-touch activity controls || |
|Sleek recharging station |
|Customizable 3.5" color touch-screen || |
|One controls all |
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|RF wireless support for hidden devices |
Add a Logitech Harmony RF Extender (sold separately) to control components neatly hidden away inside a closed cabinet or closet.
|Quick and simple setup |
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| What's in the box? || What you need: |
|Which Logitech Harmony Remote Is Right For You?|
|Harmony 650 |
For control that's bright and brilliant
|Harmony 700 |
For simple control that's always charged and ready
|Harmony One |
For simple, stylish touch-screen control
|Harmony 900 |
For complete control of devices you can't see
|Harmony 1100 |
For personalized control of your home theater system
|Harmony Link |
Turns your iPad, iPhone, iPod touch or Android smartphone into a touch screen remote
|Control Features||Harmony 650||Harmony 700||Harmony One||Harmony 900||Harmony 1100||Harmony Link|
|TV listings with one-touch access to shows||iPad only|
|Tablet design with 3.5" touch screen|
|Customizable screens for more powerful personalization|
|RF control for devices inside closed cabinets||RF system included||RF Wireless Extender sold separately||IR mini blaster included|
|Touch screen||On mobile device|
|Bright LCD color display||On mobile device|
|One-touch controls for multiple activities|
|Always growing database of 225,000+ devices—works with what you owntoday and tomorrow|
|Simple online setup with PC or Mac (Windows XP, Vista or 7 or Intel-based Mac OS X 10.4.8 or later)|
|Live support if you hit a snag|
|Help button so you're never stuck|
|How many devices can it control?||5||6||15||15||15||8|
Add to your Harmony remote and do even more.
|Logitech Harmony RF Wireless Extender |
Control devices you can't see—like your stereo hidden inside a closed cabinet—when you use this plug-and-play wireless extender with your Harmony 1100 remote.
|Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3 |
Get one-touch control of all 51 PS3 functions using any Harmony remote. The Bluetooth wireless connection lets you access your PlayStation 3 games and movies without leaving the couch.
Top Customer Reviews
First, this is an incredible remote. I've owned a Sony Commander for 10 years and decided to try this one when my last Sony died. This one puts all others I've owned and used to shame. Save a few exotic features (see other reviews), this is all most people will need.
I gave it 4 stars because of the difficulty of the software. Specifically:
1. I had to turn my firewall and virus protection off (I use McAfee). A call to tech support gave me 6 URLs the software uses, but McAfee requires the IP Addresses to add to the trusted sites list (trusted programs does not work). The tech didn't know these, but I traced them through McAfee. Once added, I was able to leave my firewall and virus protection on. Since Amazon does not permit disclosure of URLs, check the Harmony forum; I've posted the IPs and instructions there.
2. Navigating through the software is not very intuitive and the manual isn't very comprehensive. For example, there is a Device List and an Activities setup, each with several choices. Some items are listed under Activities that logically should be under Devices and vice versa. Even the tech agreed on this point- he said the software was "dumbed down" so the unsophisticated computer user could operate it. Paradoxically, simplifying it actually makes it more difficult to use.
3. The software uses a wizard, "linear" approach as opposed to a "drill down" approach used by most software. This is fine for initial setup, but to make changes, you must find the point in the wizard that guides you through the modifications you want to make. This can become tedious.
On the good side:
1. Once operational, the remote performs flawlessly. I don't even need the remote extender.
2. Tech support is the best I've come in contact with (I called twice). They are very pleasant, knowledgeable, patient, and not condescending. I stumped them a couple of times, but they were able to come up with a solution. The software connects with Logitech, so they are able to see your setup and even modify it if you want them to. When completing the initial setup, you are asked to rate the device; I rated it low because of the software issues. The tech said he noticed the low rating and asked what he could do to improve it. That led to a discussion concerning the software issues.
3. Other reviews complain about the size of the remote. Consequently, I was surprised to discover how relatively small it really is (about the size of a slice of bread and about two slices thick). There are also "handgrips" of a sort on the bottom of either side so that it can be operated one-handed.
4. After an activity is chosen, there are several "screens": each denoted by an icon. The heart represents favorites (for example, channels on the TV), the 123 is a numeric keypad, the Star is for custom controls, Stop/Play (called Transport Control) icon is for DVDs, VCRs, etc. and a Game Controller. The favorites and custom screens are individually programmable with your choice of icons, and all icons on all screens may be individually programmed to provide your choice of function.
5. Not mentioned elsewhere are 8 additional programmable icons, four on each side of the screen that provide more user defined functions (called SideBars). These are in addition to the screens mentioned above and can be programmed differently for each screen (i.e. Heart, Star, 123, etc.). I use these for utilities- e.g. TV mode or the menu etc.
6. The unit comes with a small choice of icons, but the tech referred me to a website with over 5,000 free icons including most TV channel icons. Refer to the Harmony forum or call Tech Support for the URL. I was even able to copy icons from the websites of my local TV stations and plug them into the Harmony without any difficulty (technical note- the icons use .bmp, not .ico files).
7. Each screen does have limits. For example, Favorites has a maximum of 24 icons, displaying 6 at a time (for example, 24 favorite TV channels).
8. The buttons to the right of the screen are also individually programmable.
9. There is a Learn function common to most universal remotes, but I haven't had to use it even though I have a wide variety of devices to control (i.e. receiver, dvd recorder, Blu-Ray, CD player, home theater, VCR, & TV).
I use this remote to control the following:
(1) Panasonic Plasma 58V10
(2) Scientific Atlanta 8300HD Cable Box/DVR
(3) Sony DAV-X1 DVD/Home Theater System Speakers (hereafter "Sony HTS")
(4) Playstation 3
2-4 are behind cabinet doors. The 1100 controls them through the RF Wireless Extender and PS3 Adapter.
THE GOOD. First, reduction. Instead of four remotes, we now need only one.
Second, ease of use. Starting an activity, like watching TV or turning on the Playstation 3, takes only a single button press on a single remote, rather than a complicated sequence on several remotes. To illustrate:
Watching TV Before 1100
(1) open cabinet door for Cable Box
(2) turn on Cable Box
(3) turn on TV with TV remote (or Cable remote)
(4) set TV input to Cable with TV remote
(5) use Cable remote to change channels, operate DVR, etc.
Watching TV With 1100
(1) press Watch TV activity
(2) use 1100 to control TV and Cable Box
Using Playstation 3 Before 1100 (with sound outputted to Sony HTS)
(1) open cabinet door for Sony HTS
(2) switch Sony HTS input for PS3 audio with Sony HTS remote
(3) turn on TV with TV remote
(4) mute TV
(5) set TV input to HDMI port for PS3
(6) turn on PS3
(7) control PS3 with Bluetooth remote or game controller, control sound with Sony HTS remote, control TV with TV remote
Using Playstation 3 With 1100
(1) press Play PS3
(2) use 1100 to control PS3, TV, and Sony HTS
What is more, switching between activities is almost as easy. Simply press the "activities" button to get to the activities screen, and select the activity to switch to. The remote will automatically turn on and set whatever equipment necessary, as well as turn off any equipment no longer in use. Nice.
SETUP. The setup software walks you through creating activities (e.g., Watch TV, Watch DVD, Play PS3). You let it know which devices need to be turned on, in what order, and with what settings for each activity. Once the remote is programmed, simply pressing an icon for a particular activity will activate all the commands in the proper sequence to start that activity. (For a long sequence, it may take several seconds for all the commands to be executed.)
Within each activity, the setup software will give you a default set of commands/icons for different screens (e.g., a favorites screen, a custom screen, a numerical screen, and a screen with playback controls). You can change the default commands with any that are on the remotes for devices associated with that activity. For the Watch TV activity, you can also select your favorite channels with a button press.
THE BAD. I'm a bit of a gadget/tech geek, and found the setup software and remote system easy enough to use, but not without quirks or problems. Here are some.
1. Setup software requires a little tech savvy. It was fairly easy for me to discover what I wanted and needed to do through the setup software, but there was some trial and error. I'm not sure that someone who's not tech savvy, like me wife, could do it without cursing a few times. She certainly could not have customized/optimized the remote to the extent I have. Sometimes, the instructions or explanations are not that clear. Other times, there are none.
2. Setup software did not detect the 1100 or RF Extender half of the time. I had to unplug and replug the devices into the computer several times to get the software to see and update them with new/different commands. Finally figured it out. Seems the software only likes one item to be plugged in at a time, and only right before that device's turn to be updated.
3. Updating the remote with new/different commands requires also updating the RF Extender if you use one. Considering that I've tweaked the settings dozens of times in the first week alone, this is no minor inconvenience. The RF Extender has to be unplugged from its power source and from the IR cables, and then subsequently reattached. Why the remote couldn't be made to reprogram the RF Extender wirelessly is beyond me.
4. Missed commands. Sometimes, particularly on long startup sequences (like my Play PS3 activity), one of the devices will miss the commands from the 1100. For example, my Sony home theater system may not change to the right input to receive sound from the PS3. A help menu on the remote will fix missed commands.
5. Major bug for controlling the PS3. One of the perks of the 1100 is its ability (with the PS3 Adapter) to power on/off and control the console. As anyone with a PS3 knows, its four gamepad buttons--circle, square, triangle, and X--get lots of use. These buttons appear in the setup software, but they do not appear on the remote in the middle of the gamepad screen as they are supposed to. The screen is just blank. These missing buttons are a bug that Logitech apparently has known of but has not fixed for over half a year. It is inconvenient and inexcusable for a remote of this caliber and expense. The workaround that people have used is to program those functions into the sidetab buttons or custom controls page. That solution is workable, if not the most convenient.
6. Could be more customizable. While you can add icons for your favorite channels (Google "squareeyes icon harmony" for a great database of logos), you cannot add custom icons for any command on the remote. The included icon database is paltry.
TWO HANDS v. ONE. Unlike some, I do not find it inconvenient to use two hands to hold and control the remote. In any case, one hand often will suffice, as when using the hard buttons or one of the tabbed buttons on either side of the screen. True, you can't grip it like a regular remote. But the contoured back makes it comfortable and easy to balance in your hand.
LOOKING DOWN. I also do not have a problem with having to look down at the touchscreen. I was never able to memorize all of the buttons on my 4 other remotes, so I had to look at them too unless I simply wanted to use the volume, channel, or power buttons. Those are all hard buttons on the 1100 as well.
CONCLUSION. This remote eliminates the need to use all others, and makes it easy for anyone to control my home theater system. It sounds almost cliche (and a little sexist), but it's so easy, even my wife can use it. And the kids. And their babysitters. But it takes some work to program it for optimal use, and as noted, it has its quirks. I would recommend it, almost highly.
P.S. If you have questions or need help setting up the remote, you might want to try the AVS Forums. In the remote control forum, there's a thread for 1100 owners with plenty of information as well as helpful people willing to share their knowledge and experience with you.
BUT although I really like my logitech remote but it is expensive and is kind of hard to program. In order to program it you use your computer and must choose each component you want controlled. You need the model numbers and make of each in order to program it right. Your programming is stored for future use if something goes wrong. I had some difficulty getting it to recognize everything but once it did I'm glad I have it. My initial set up took several hours. Beware- don't expect to take this out of box and use it immediately.
The Harmony 1100 had it all and it seemed to be designed by engineers that liked form and function, not just trying to meet some checklist of capabilities.