… a Logitech Harmony 1100 universal remote.
Yes, the holidays are still two months away, but hey, we can always start dreaming about new gizmos that we can get our wives and girlfriends to buy for us with their bonuses, right (since the economy seems to be recovering)?
For me, the Harmony 1100 better be in these shores by Christmas. Now available in the United States, the latest top-end, touch-screen remote from Logitech promises control for all your AV amplifiers and DVD players sitting snugly in your packed TV console.
I checked my list of gadgets – from the StarHub HD set-top box to my Cyrus stereo amp to a Microsoft Xbox – and they are all “supported”. I’m sure there will be some “training” needed for the remote, but at least the somewhat less-common stuff are on the supported list.
Only the Sony PS3 is not there. For this, you need another US$59.99 adapter since the game console uses Bluetooth instead of the usual wireless signals on regular remotes. You wonder why Logitech can’t include this little gizmo in for a remote that already costs about as much as a game console.
I had almost bought the Harmony 1100 from Amazon just days ago. On the online store, it is going for US$347.42 (S$486.21) – a steal when you see the older Harmony 1000 still selling in Singapore for a crazy S$699.
Now, I know S$400+ is a little extravagant for a remote. But the Harmony 1100 has always had the chio factor. And hey, if it helps my wife turn on StarHub without using 4 separate remotes… it’s gonna be my X’mas gift!