Logitech ushers in sub-$100 Harmony uber-remotes for everything

Sometimes we love the world’s first peripherals maker, Logitech – now they’ve introduced new versions of the super-duper Logitech Harmony TV remote control system – at under $100.

The Logitech Harmony 600 Remote and Logitech Harmony 650 Remote are both easy to set-up and use, and will control nearly all the entertainment devices you have in your home – from the stereo to the TV to the DVD player and more.

“Why have one remote for the TV, one for the DVR, one for your DVD player and one for your A/V deck?” asks Ashish Arora, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s digital home group. Clearly that’s a rhetorical question – we’re on a constant quest for one remote to rule them all.

To automatically turn on the right devices and select the appropriate input settings, both new Logitech Harmony remotes offer one-click activity buttons. After completing the online setup, you just click what you want to do — such as “Watch a DVD” — and your Logitech Harmony remote automatically turns on the right devices and selects the right inputs.

The Logitech Harmony 600 Remote lets you see commands you need for the devices you’re using, such as power and volume, on the monochrome backlit screen. The smart display can even provide help if you need it.

The colour screen Logitech Harmony 650 Remote offers icons for your favourite channels as well as the commands you need for the devices you’re using. For example, if you’re watching TV, you can see icons for your favourite channels, making it easy to jump to your shows with one click.

Setting these remotes is easy. All you need to do is connect them to your computer, visit Logitech’s website to get some software and then enter the make and model number of your devices. Logitech supports more than 250,000 home-entertainment devices from more than 5,000 brands.

The Logitech Harmony 600 Remote will be available for a suggested retail price of £49.99 and the Logitech Harmony 650 Remote for a suggested retail price of £69.99. When these ship later this month you should find them here in the US or here if you are in the UK.

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