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Logitech Harmony One review: Logitech Harmony One

The Good Large, responsive buttons; very flexible setup software; great touchscreen.

The Bad Doesn't have dedicated red, green, yellow and blue buttons; sluggish software.

The Bottom Line The sluggish software means that it can take time to perfect the Logitech Harmony One's settings, but once you've got it working with your kit you’ll find it's a seriously powerful universal remote that still manages to retain the feel of a traditional zapper

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As your empire of AV kit gradually grows, you end up juggling more and more remotes until you finally start thinking that a universal remote would be a clever buy. This one from Logitech's Harmony range can take command of up to 15 devices, but is not exactly cheap at £129, so we were keen to find out whether it's worth the money.

Logitech has come up with a brand new design for the Harmony One. It's much taller than previous models in the range and also features larger buttons and a revised keypad layout. Perhaps the biggest change, though, is the addition of a touch-sensitive colour screen at the top of the zapper.

Unlike other universal remotes like the Philips Prestigo SRU8015, the Harmony One doesn't come with a built-in database of codes. Instead, you hook it up to your computer via USB and use the Harmony software to download profiles for all your kit from the Internet. The online database stores profiles for over 225,000 devices, so no matter what age or brand of kit you own, it's pretty much guaranteed to be in there.

Once you've got the remote set up for your devices you can then create custom macros, or 'Activities' in Logitech speak. For example, you can program an Activity called 'watch DVD' that will simultaneously turn on your TV, DVD player and surround sound kit, set the TV to the correct AV input and adjust the volume of your surround sound to a pre-defined level.

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