As complicated as gadgetry can become, sometimes it's good to keep things simple. That's why Chris Hardwick and Olivia Munn (in a hot tub) examine the Harmony 1100 from Logitech, a universal remote that can turn on multiple components with a 3.5" backlit touch screen and support for over 225,000 devices, all for $300.
What You Need To Know
This remote is probably a little different than what you're used to.
It's about twice as wide as most remotes in your house, but still fairly light to hold.
It's pretty wide, which means you might have to use it with two hands.
Other Harmony remotes require you to use their software in order to program it, but this remote has made the process much easier.
Just log into the Logitech software and start adding your devices, like your TV, Blu-ray player, receiver, etc.
You search for them by their model number.
Then you can set up activities, or macros, which will do a bunch of different things at once.
For example, if you want to watch TV, the remote can turn on your TV, set it to an HDMI input, then turn on the cable box and receiver.
From there, you can customize every hard button on the remote to do anything you want on any device.
You can also add different icons on the touch screen that will do any function. We've added a bunch of cable functions like a guide, live TV, menu, etc.
Overall, programming can be a little tough so you may need someone who's more tech savvy to take it on.
Once the set up is done, it's incredibly easy to use.
The touch screen is both impressive and helps use the remote.
It allows for "pages" of icons so you're able to customize a ton of different operations.
Even though it doesn't feature multi-touch or gestures, it's super responsive.