Get a refurbished Logitech Harmony 650 remote for $49.99
It may be refurbished, but it still comes with a one-year warranty. And a color LCD. And support for up to five home-theater devices. Killer deal!
Regular Cheapskate readers know of my fondness for Logitech's Harmony series of universal remotes. One of the better models, the 650, usually sells for around $80.
If you don't mind going the refurbished route, you can get one for a lot less. Buy.com has the refurbished Logitech Harmony 650 remote for $49.99 shipped.
In case you're not familiar with the Harmony line, the remotes are notable for Logitech's wizard-driven setup software, which makes them easier to program than most.
You simply choose your gear from a mammoth database, configure any one-button actions you want (turn on TV, switch to input 4, turn on Xbox, etc.), and presto: you're good to go. The Harmony is also blissfully user-friendly, with guided onscreen help in case something didn't turn on or switch modes or something.
The Harmony 650 features a color LCD, backlit controls, and support for up to five devices. Alas, it's not rechargeable, so you'll have to swap in a pair of AA batteries every couple months (though you can always use rechargeable batteries, of course).
Incidentally, Amazon has the remote for $78.29 new, a pretty sweet deal in itself if you're not keen on refurbished gear. But because Buy.com's product page shows the Harmony 650 as having a one-year warranty, there's little reason to spend extra on a new one.
For what it's worth, I've had the same Harmony One (the Rolls-Royce of the series) for about three years, and it's humming along just fine. If you're still juggling multiple remotes, I think you'll find this $50 very well spent.
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