The Logitech Harmony ONE is one sexy beast of a remote. The new ergomic design places the remote in your hand in such a way that you can migrate from section to section of the remote while maintaining a comfortable grip.
As you migrate from each section, your thumb ends up on grouped keys that have related functions. For example, the PVR functions are grouped in one section while the number keys are grouped seperated in another. I found that with a bit of practice, I could operate the remote totally without looking.
The new touchscreen is improved from previous remotes with better fonts and a much more logical layout. Instead of being some Frankenstein shoe horning of a touchscreen with tactile buttons, the screen compliments the functions of the fixed buttons. The screen also shows you things like time of day and battery life. When charging or connected to USB, the screen will also indicate that status. It even has a slideshow function, allowing you to upload your favourite pictures to the remote control, running it whenever it’s charging in the cradle.
Finally, the most noticeable feature of the Harmony ONE is the charging cradle. The remote drops in easily without fail. I tried dropping the remote into the charger crookedly and it always seemed to hook up to the charging contacts properly. This prevents those fits of cursing when the remote has no juice from someone’s careless charging habits. The cradle also features a user adjustable guide light for those times when you need to find the remote in the middle of the night. It can be dimmed or disabled altogether.
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