Logitech Harmony 900 £260

25th Mar 2011 | 09:30

Logitech Harmony 900

Super-sharp display screen and an IR/RF transmission to 30m

TechRadar rating:

4 stars

Like:

Attractive design; RF option with 30m range

Dislike:

Expensive; Most people won't require the RF option

At first glance, the Logitech Harmony 900 looks almost identical to the less expensive Harmony One.

Like the latter it includes a 2.2-inch touchscreen, rechargeable Li-Ion battery and charging cradle, and can control 15 different devices.

The price of buttons

However, a closer look reveals some important differences. The screen on the 900 seems sharper, with a more readable text display, and – far more importantly – it has the red, green, yellow and blue coloured buttons that were mysteriously missing from the Harmony One.

Mind you, the Harmony 900 costs £100 more than its button-free sibling, which works out at £25 per button!

Fortunately, there's one other key feature that sets the Harmony 900 apart from its stablemate and most of its other rivals, too. The Harmony 900 includes both IR and RF transmitters, along with a set of three 'blasters' for relaying signals to your equipment.

The blasters have a range of up to 30m, and don't require line-of-sight reception, so they can be used to control set-top boxes and other equipment that might be neatly stored behind the door of a storage cabinet.

In other respects the 900 is a conventional universal remote control. It uses the same configuration software as the Harmony One, so I was easily able to configure it to use all my home entertainment kit – even including the fiddly FetchTV box.

Of course, most people won't care about the RF option, but the Harmony 900 may well appeal to 'neat freaks', who like to stash all their kit away in tasteful mahogany cabinets from Habitat.

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