CES 2009: Logitech raises its game with Harmony 1100 remote

Logitech Harmony 1100

As well as handling infrared commands, also has full RF capability, and can be used with an optional RF extender to control equipment hidden in cupboards or even in another room.

It also has the familiar Harmony one-touch commands - just choose Watch DVD, for example, and it turns on and sets up all the equipment required.

A wizard-based programming procedure uses a database of over 225,000 devices from more that 5000 manufacturers, allowing the remote to be set up using a home computer.

Powered by rechargable batteries, it should be on sale in the US and Europe from next month, and is expected to sell for $500 in the States.