The Gadget: An IR to Bluetooth adaptor for the PS3, letting you use any Logitech Harmony universal remote to (finally) control your PlayStation 3.
The Price: $US60
The Verdict: So worth it. Not only can the adaptor turn on and off the PS3 directly from your remote—it’s powered from an AC outlet instead of one of the PS3’s USB ports—just about every function that the PS3 can perform can be mapped onto the remote’s buttons.
The remote works by first syncing, like any other standard Bluetooth PS3 remote, to your PlayStation 3. Then it takes in IR blasts from your remote and translates them to Bluetooth commands. All you have to do is re-add the PlayStation 3 to your Logitech Harmony profile and it will automatically import the correct IR codes to your remote.
In practice, it’s essentially flawless. I was able to control a Blu-ray movie, a DVD and a DivX video from just the buttons on my Harmony. At $US60, it’s slightly expensive, but well worth it if you (like us) don’t like having two different remotes to control something. Especially if one of those remotes is a game controller. [Logitech]