Logitech have announced the Australian release of their new flagship Harmony Remote, the 1100i. In case you don't remember, it's a refresh of their rather brilliant 1000i, except with the ability to customise controls and a funky new finish.For those of you who have never used a Harmony remote before, it lets you control up to 15 different devices, and is easy to set up using an online database of IR codes. The 1100i also lets you control RF devices with the addition of an RF extender.
If you're thinking of upgrading your remote, this certainly looks good, but for the $900 price tag and the late March release date, it may be worth considering getting yourself a cheaper Harmony remote — they all do pretty much the same thing, and you can pick up a basic model for around $70.
The Winning Touch: Logitech Harmony 1100i
Offers Customisable Touch Screen
Harmony - 2009 CES Best of Innovations Award in Home Entertainment for Second Consecutive Year
SYDNEY FEBRUARY 4, 2009 —Logitech has today announced it will begin shipping the Logitech® Harmony® 1100i advanced universal remote control to Australia in March 2009. Logitech's newest remote provides a 3.5 inch, full-colour touch-screen interface, that lets you put the commands you want, where you want them. The Harmony remote received the CES 2009 Design and Engineering Award: Best of Innovations in the Home-Entertainment Accessories category in the US - the second consecutive year a Logitech Harmony remote has been honoured with this award.
"The Harmony 1100i is a natural extension of the Harmony promise - to simplify today's complex home-entertainment systems," said Ashish Arora, vice president and general manager of Logitech's Harmony business unit. "As more and more people get the bulk of their entertainment at home, the Harmony 1100i will help people get more out of their home-entertainment experience - for a fraction of the price of traditional custom-installed remotes."
With a single touch, the palm-sized Harmony 1100i remote puts the power to control your home-entertainment in your hands. With its fully redesigned software, the 3.5-inch touch-sensitive screen - which features QVGA resolution - gives you a brilliant base from which to control your system. Using the New Harmony software, you can select the commands you use most and put those features on the screen. If you love to watch movies, for example, and are always using the Play and Pause buttons, you can tell the Harmony 1100i to make those commands immediately available on the screen once you start your movie.
In addition to the customisable touch screen, the Harmony 1100i offers simple details that also make it easy to use, such as tactile guides, which are located around the touch screen and help position your fingers so that you choose the right command. The brushed-black aluminum top case and soft-touch bottom case make it comfortable to hold - as well as a stylish complement to your living room. And the Harmony 1100i is rechargeable, so you never have to replace the batteries.
One Touch to Your Entertainment
The Harmony 1100i delivers the renowned benefits common to the Harmony family of universal remotes, including its exclusive one-touch activity-based control system powered by the world's largest A/V-control database of entertainment equipment, as well as its convenient online setup process. The Harmony 1100i remote simplifies your entertainment with one-touch activity-based control. The whole family, your friends, and even the babysitter can simply select what they want to do by choosing the appropriate on-screen icon - such as "Watch TV" - and the Harmony 1100i remote does the rest. The remote will turn on the TV, the DVD player, the A/V receiver and any other necessary devices. There is no need to control components individually - the Harmony 1100i remote manages everything.
Guided Online Setup Logitech's internet-based setup makes getting the Harmony 1100i up and running as easy as possible. With its intuitive setup wizard guiding the process, the Harmony 1100i online interface allows you to enter your components' make and model numbers. Then, this information is automatically matched to the characteristics, discrete codes and infrared commands of the more than 225,000 devices from more than 5,000 manufacturers contained in Logitech's online database. Any devices that are not in the database can be quickly added. When you want to add a device to your living room, you can be confident that the Harmony 1100i remote will work with the devices you own today, and the ones you will buy in the future.
Pricing and Availability
The Harmony 1100i is expected to be available in Australia in late March for a suggested retail price of $899.95 inc GST (AUD).