Remotes And More

Oct 10 2006

News - Logitech Enhances Mid-Range Harmony Remote with Easy-to-Use Harmony 670

FREMONT, Calif. — Oct. 10, 2006 — Logitech (SWX: LOGN) (NASDAQ: LOGI) today introduced the mid-range Harmony® 670 advanced universal remote, which builds on the features of the company´s popular Harmony® 659 remote, with enhancements that make controlling today´s complex home-entertainment systems even easier.

The new remote features improved one-touch activity buttons and a button layout optimized to control digital video recorders (DVRs) such as TiVo®. It´s also the company´s first remote to include the new Harmony 7.0 software, which makes setting up the remote and fine-tuning it on the PC easier than ever. And like all of Logitech´s award-winning family of Harmony remotes, the Harmony 670 remote can completely control an entertainment system — it´s the only remote people will need.

 

Read the full Press Release here

 

It's going to go for  MSRP of $149.99...i tried looking for a picture of it, but couldn't find one. If you do, send it my way & I'll post it. Always love what those fellas at Logitech come up with.

Oct 10 2006

News - Logitech Harmony 1000 Advanced Universal Remote

The Logitech 1000, 1000 referring to the price I think, is Logitech's next remote in the Harmony line. $500 is nothing to sneeze at.  However, you do get a remote that is very similar to ones only seen in very expensive custom installations. I would pay a bit more if it offered an interactive solution to MCE or other popular PVR applications.

From the article:

The 3.5-inch color LCD screen is touch-sensitive, designed to replace the typical buttons common on other universal remotes and even the older Harmony remotes. The Harmony 1000 displays the most important, relevant controls to which device you are operating, according to Logitech. In an example they cited, “when watching TV using a digital video recorder (DVR), people will see on-screen the standard skip forward, skip back, record and pause buttons necessary to controlling a DVR. But when they are listening to CDs, they will see the track controls they need to navigate their music.”
 

Oct 09 2006

News - Vidabox HTPC Wireless Keyboard

Woohoo! My first news posting! Get used to them...as well as the sarcasm. Laughing

 

Vidabox jumps back to 1999 with their Wireless Keyboard with trackball reviewed over at [H]ardOCP's Consumer Site. Maybe I'm hallucinating, but this seems to be the same thing that I saw years ago, but now it has USB! But hey, if you're desparate to spend $90 (yes, 90 bux) on this over all the other wireless keyboard options, it is available 

 

Vidabox Keyboard
From the article:
"The Vidabox is one of the less expensive wireless keyboards available, and it shows. It’s a no-frills package that offers just the basics in terms of features, but we’re okay with that. We’d rather pay less for features we do use than pay more for features that are useless. Its lack of features is also the result of its small-form factor, as there’s simply no extra space on the keyboard for extra functionality. All in all, we feel it’s a fair tradeoff. The Vidabox keyboard makes good use of the small space it consumes."
 
 
 

 

Oct 01 2006

News - Logitech Harmony 720 Review

The 800 and above series from Logitech are great universal remotes but suffer from the arm and leg syndrome. The 720 follows closely due to the technology creep that we have come to know and love in lower end models. The "activity" functions are the same but the looks and feel have changed quite a bit from the Harmony 880. Its is pretty new to the market making it hard to find and the price tag is still at MSRP. Harmony remotes rate very high in the WAF!

From the article:

Perhaps the most unique feature of the Harmony remote line is the ability to program it through a PC. Install the software on your computer (or use the web interface for Macs), plug in the remote, and a start tweaking. The process for initially setting up the remote takes approximately 10-15 minutes, but more inquisitive users could spend anywhere up to hours messing with each parameter and tweaking each setting. Most people with the skills to use a regular remote will have no trouble setting up the Harmony 720 in most configurations. Power users will find the extensive use of Wizards and question based solutions a little annoying. For instance, we still cannot figure out how we managed to get our Yamaha receiver to toggle the 6 Channel Input when it leaves the Home Theater PC activity. But, it works. Users can adjust everything from the slide show that displays in the cradle, to the pause between commands being sent to individual components. Finding the screen where they’re done can be slightly annoying, but with a little work, it all comes together.

Sep 23 2006

News - Tweeters Self-Branded Remote

CE Pro News has a quick glance at Tweeters' upcoming self branded universal remote. You can expect the new remote to hit Tweeters stores around mid-November. Is this the first of many products from Tweeters? Well we don't know, Tweeters' management were pretty tight lipped about the situation. They only really said they plan of the future is in Home Automation and Control.

From the article:

It doesn't appear that Tweeter is on the verge of offering a full product line of self-branded products. Right now only control products make sense for Tweeter branding, says Malin. "This remote does absolutely nothing until a person comes in and programs it. That person is from Tweeter. Therefore the value-add of the product is us

Sep 16 2006

News - Harmony 1000 Remote

As the number of the Harmony's next remote indicates, the 1000 is an evolution of the Harmony 880 and 890 remotes. Perhaps revolution is a bit more descriptive in this case, it leaves the hand held remotes in the dust when it comes to features and pricing. The 1000 sports a 3.5" touchscreen, which displays the same kind of buttons Harmony's older remotes do. The 1000 is able to control components via RF and IR. Also rumoured is compatibility with some of the major automation standards.

From CE Pro:

The Harmony 1000 has a 3.5-inch screen, which displays specific controls tailored to the device being used. The remote has nine fixed buttons, comes with a charging stand and uses Smart State Technology to track component control operation. 

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