Logitech Harmony 1100 Touchscreen Universal Remote Lightning Review

Logitech Harmony 1100 Touchscreen Universal Remote Lightning Review
The Gadget: The Logitech Harmony 1100, a touchscreen, colour universal remote that follows up the Harmony 1000 as the top-end unit in Logitech’s remote line.

The Price: $US500

The Verdict: It’s good at what it’s supposed to be, but it’s very expensive and suffers from the fact that touchscreen remotes, as a concept, are not that usable.

Compared to the Logitech Harmony 1000, Logitech’s previous high-end touchscreen remote, the 1100 is definitely more polished. The black matte finish feels nicer in your hand, and the UI has prettier (and better laid out) icons. There’s also slightly more customisation options in the software program you use to customise the buttons compared to the 1000—so much so, that you can’t carry over your settings into the new software version. Definitely a pain if you want to upgrade.

However, the 1100 has the same problem as the 1000, which is that it’s only usable by right-handers (all the physical buttons are on the right), and that the touchscreen virtual buttons are only usable if you actually look at the remote. If you’re the type of person that always look at your remote anyway, that’s not a big deal, but TiVo owners (and Logitech 5XX, 6XX and 8XX series users) should have memorised button placement and be able to dial up a recorded show on your DVR without glancing down.

If you’re set on buying a $US500 touchscreen remote with customisable buttons that actually show what function they do next to the button, the 1100 is better than the 1000. It works as well as the other Logitech remotes when it comes down to actually controlling all the devices you have. But if this is your first universal remote, we’d go for one of the 5XX series, which cost about 1/8 the price when it’s on sale. [Logitech]