We're fans of Logitech's Harmony universal remote controls: the Harmony One won our hearts last year, and the the Harmony 1100 continues the fine work. But, to cut to the chase, we don't think it does enough to justify the hefty price increase.
It's a lightweight, slim device - almost too unassuming considering the price - with the key focus being the programming of ‘activities' accessed on the 3.5in touchscreen.
Connect the remote to your PC or Mac, program in both the kit that you want it to control and the settings you require for each scenario - watching TV, watching films etc - and you can then control your system with single-button presses.
Both the programming of the remote and the end usage seem faster than before, and a few tweaks to the button layout and feel of the unit are welcome, but there's not enough extra here to get too excited about.
And we have one other gripe. If you already have an older Harmony remote and want to transfer your existing settings to the 1100, you can't. You have to set up a new account and program the device from scratch. Which is a pain.
Still, if you have the money, this is a fine product, but when it comes to performance-per-dollar it's good.