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ONE Remote to Rule Them All!

I finally broke down and bought ONE… the Logitech Harmony ONE, that is. It really is the bee’s knees, as the kids say. Sure, there are a lot of “universal remotes” out there that are a lot cheaper, but this is different. First of all, there are no codes to punch in. It hooks up to your computer and the software talks to Logitech’s online database of products – everything from TVs and stereos, to light dimmers. Anything with an IR receiver. But that’s just where the coolness starts. Once you tell it what you have, you then tell it how they are attached to each other and how they need to be set in order to do certain activities. Once you set it up, it sends all of that info to the remote via USB and then you pick what activity you want and it does the rest. Pick “Watch TV” and it sets the AV receiver to the correct input, turns on the TV and cable box and then it knows that the channel buttons control the cable box and the volume buttons control the receiver (or however you want it set up). Choose “Watch a DVD” and it turns off unnecessary components, turns on the DVD player, sets the correct inputs and then you’re ready to go there. Apple TV? Works great! Unique buttons show up on the touch screen on top. And you can customize things too. For instance, I added buttons for controlling the room lighting to my activities. Other cool features: the remote and screen light up, but it will go to sleep after a period of inactivity – and just picking it up or moving it wakes it up. The battery is a rechargeable lithium-ion (like a cell phone), which will keep it powered for a good week or so before it needs to sit on it’s cradle to recharge. It’s so simple that we won’t need to leave an instruction sheet for the remotes anymore when the grandparents come to stay!

Published by Shawn A. Krueger, on September 5th, 2008 at 9:48 pm. Filled under: Geek. | No Comments |