CES NEWS: Logitech takes control with the all-new Harmony One

Logitech is undoubtedly the reigning king of the universal remote control world, thanks to its superb Harmony range, and it hopes to continue this trend with the launch of the all-new Harmony One, which combines touchscreen operation and a highly attractive price-tag.

Previously a fan of much larger numbers - the 555, 895 and 1000 are three of our favourites from the existing range - the company has seemingly decided to start afresh with this model.

And it's certainly something of a new take on the universal remote idea, combining the traditional remote shape and styling of the 895 - long, thin, looks like a remote - with the brilliant touchscreen controls featured on the top-spec 1000.

The IR-based remote features the ever-simple and now familiar guided online setup and various one-touch 'activity' functions, and is set to retail from February for an enticing £170.

Also on the horizon is the Z Cinema Surround Sound System. Pictured below, it's a 2.1 desktop speaker system that connects via USB to your PC or laptop, or via a 3.5mm auxiliary input to an MP3 player or audio device.

Coming complete with a typically slick Logitech remote control, it'll set you back just £250.

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Andrew has written about audio and video products for the past 20+ years, and been a consumer journalist for more than 30 years, starting his career on camera magazines. Andrew has contributed to titles including What Hi-Fi?, GramophoneJazzwise and Hi-Fi CriticHi-Fi News & Record Review and Hi-Fi Choice. I’ve also written for a number of non-specialist and overseas magazines.