The Good Solid universal remote with good ergonomics; updated wizard-style setup software is optimized for tech novices and works on Windows or Mac PCs; ultra-affordable price tag.
The Bad The Harmony 300 only controls four devices and requires a computer with Internet access to configure. For just $30 more, the step-up model adds an LCD screen and uses the activity-based commands that Harmony is known for.
The Bottom Line If you're looking for a cheap and easy universal remote--and you can live with its streamlined feature set--the Logitech Harmony 300 is a great choice.
Logitech Harmony 300
Editors' note: Confused about how this model stacks up to other Harmony remotes? See CNET's Which Logitech universal remote is right for you? for updated comparisons and recommendations.
Logitech's line of Harmony universal remotes has been gobbling up market share for years, but the common complaint of many users has been that they remain too expensive--the good ones invariably cost $150 and up. But that's changing for 2010: Logitech has unveiled a trio of new universal remotes with prices ranging from $100 to just $50. Based on the same general design as the Harmony 700 ($150 list, controls six devices) are the Harmony 650 ($100 list, five devices), Harmony 600 ($80 list, five devices), and the entry-level Harmony 300 (reviewed here). The 300 carries a list price of $50, and can already be found online for closer to $40.
(Note: The Harmony 300 has a black matte finish, and the Harmony 300i has a glossy finish that's more prone to smudges and fingerprints. That--along with the fact that each model is only available through some exclusive retailers--is the only difference between the two products.)
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