Billed as the "ultimate lazy-boy gadget for the fanatical World Cup fan" (but not fanatical enough to go to Germany), the Logitech Harmony 885 Advanced Universal Remote is an all-in-one remote that lets you control all of your home cinema equipment – and indeed everything else – from one device.
The Harmony 885 lets you install and operate an entire entertainment system, while tracking the current state of up to 15 devices simultaneously. Simpler to set up – just add in the models you want to control from a selection of over 140,000 audio-visual devices from 2,500 manufacturers, using Logitech’s online interface, and the relevant infrared codes are automatically programmed into the remote. Once set up you can control an entire entertainment system to perform specific activities at the touch of only one button.
The remote is optimised for HDTV and PVR systems and it comes with a colour LCD interface and a docking station – so no batteries to worry about.
This ease of control doesn’t come cheap though – the Harmony 885 retails for around £180.
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