Filed under: Gadgets
The original "universal" remotes were meant to be able to control multiple brands of television sets and gradually expanded to be able to control several different units, working the TV, the cable and the DVD player with from one controller. Their abilities were limited and what they offered was far from universal control. The Logitech Harmony 1000 Advanced Universal Remote gets much closer. With support from an online database that has over 5,000 brands and 175,000 devices listed, the remote can control up to 15 different electronic devices - all from a 3.5" color touch screen. Since it can be programmed via the computer, there are no annoying button sequences to enter in an attempt to get the remote to work properly in the first place. It uses infrared and radio frequency commands and is powered by a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery, which comes with a charging base that the remote can rest in when not in use. Price: $500.