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Logitech Harmony 1000 to debut in October

Logitech Harmony 1000 to debut in October

The Harmony 1000 is the latest addition to Logitech's growing lineup of universal remote controls. Unlike all previous Harmony models, the 1000 is a touch-screen model. Its 3.5-inch color screen dominates the front of the tablet-style console, while a handful of hard buttons clustered on the left completes the minimalist aesthetic. In addition to standard infrared (IR) control, the Harmony 1000 uses radio frequency (RF) and Z-Wave wireless, which allows it to control devices through walls and obstructions without the need for line of sight (though you'll need the $150 Logitech Wireless A/V Receiver--which can control up to four devices--to complete the link). And like all recent high-end Harmony models, the 1000 has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that juices up when the remote is placed in the included power cradle. Needless to say, the Harmony 1000 uses the same Web-based setup wizards that make its predecessors so easy to use (the software is Windows and Mac compatible).

The Harmony 1000 will cost a hefty $500 when it hits stores later this autumn. Considering that princely sum, we're somewhat disappointed to see that it doesn't offer the sort of Wi-Fi features found on the very similar looking--and now less expensive--Philips RC9800i. That quibble notwithstanding, we'll let you know how the Logitech Harmony 1000 performs as soon as we get our hands on it.