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September 12, 2006

Logitech Announces the Harmony 1000 Remote

It's amazing how fancy remote controls are getting (and yes a bit expensive too!). Logitech has just announced their newest remote today, the Harmony 1000. According to the press release:

DENVER — Sept. 12, 2006 — CEDIA — Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) has reinvented the Harmony® remote control. Adding a touch of luxury to its award-winning family of Harmony advanced universal remote controls, the company unveiled its new flagship Harmony 1000 remote, which includes a striking, color touch-sensitive screen. While it looks as expensive as traditional high-end, custom-installed remotes, the Harmony 1000 remote is more affordable, is easier for consumers to set up, and sets a new standard for ease of use.

“The Harmony 1000 remote delivers affordable luxury — it simplifies control of today´s complicated home-entertainment systems at a fraction of the price of traditional custom-installed remotes, and it´s luxurious in its sophisticated design, which adds an element of prestige to any living room,” said Bryan McLeod, vice president of Logitech´s remote control products. “The Harmony 1000 remote is the interface that people crave for their home-entertainment system — it´s sleek, it´s easy to use with its one-touch activity based control, and it comes without a prohibitive price.”

The Harmony 1000 remote´s touch-sensitive screen makes the renowned Harmony activity control even easier by displaying the important controls when they are immediately relevant. And unlike some of today´s high-end universal remotes, the Harmony 1000 remote controls any device with an infrared receiver — including VCRs, digital video recorders, high-definition televisions, and many household appliances. Using radio frequency (RF) technology, the Harmony 1000 remote can also control multi-room entertainment systems and high-end components hidden behind closed doors, when used in combination with the optional Logitech® Harmony® Wireless Extender (sold separately). Meanwhile, its stunning brushed-chrome and piano-black finish makes the Harmony 1000 remote an aesthetic complement to today´s most sophisticated living rooms

Some of the basic features include:

  • 3.5-inch color screen
  • Nine fixed buttons
  • Activity-based control by using patented Smart State Technology
  • Optional Logitech Harmony Wireless Extender
  • Discrete codes and infrared commands of the more than 175,000 devices from more than 5,000 manufacturers

As far as pricing and availability:

The Harmony 1000 remote is expected to be available in both the U.S. and Europe later this fall for a suggested retail price of $499.99 in the U.S. The Logitech Harmony Wireless Extender will be available at the same time for $149.99 in the U.S. and Europe.

Very Nice! We look forward to checking the Harmony 1000 out and we'll be sure to let you know what we think. For those of you who dig fancy remotes, also be sure to check out our full review of the Philips RC9800i Touch Screen Remote


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Posted by William Hungerford at September 12, 2006 9:02 AM

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