Logitech Harmony 1100i
Logitech's latest Harmony universal remote control.
- Customisable interface, controls multiple devices simultaneously, huge remote control database, "learn remote" feature
- Some interface lag, remote can get confused, no Bluetooth
The Logitech Harmony 1100i universal remote control will control just about every electronic device on the planet (bar the PlayStation 3). The interface could be a little faster, but the 1100i is still a great way to replace that stack of plastic on your coffee table.
Price$ 899.95 (AUD)
Logitech's Harmony 1100i universal remote control is an update to the company's Harmony 1000i. Despite a few frustrations, the minor software and design tweaks offered by the Harmony 1100i make it easier to use.
Eschewing the traditional candy-bar style, the Harmony 1100i universal remote is a thin rectangular device with contoured hand grips designed for two-handed use. It looks nearly identical to the Harmony 1000i, with a 3.5in touch screen taking up most of the real estate and physical buttons on the right side for common tasks like adjusting volume, changing channels and navigating menus.
Logitech boasts that it has the world's largest audiovisual control database, and all of it — last quoted at 5000 brands and more than 225,000 devices (even Kogan's Full HD Blu-Ray Player) — is at your fingertips. Even if your device isn't on the database — as we found with Toshiba's 52XV560A television — the Logitech Harmony 1100i can learn the controls from the device's original remote. The Harmony 1100i recognises the keys pressed, and either points users to a device with similar functionality or adds the device to the database.
A benefit of Logitech's Harmony universal remotes is the ability to control multiple devices at once. Users can set up "activities" that tell the Harmony 1100i which devices are required for a particular activity and the role each plays in it. Watching a DVD, for example, means that the Harmony 1100i knows that the TV displays the image, the DVD player plays the media, and the AV receiver or amplifier controls the volume.
On the whole, set up is intuitive and requires little interaction from the user, though knowing your home theatre system components will ensure that normal operation is smooth.
Disappointingly, the Harmony 1100i only has radio and infrared capabilities; it lacks Bluetooth, so PlayStation 3 owners might want to opt for a device like the Logitech diNovo Mini keyboard. The remote also had minor problems interfacing with the Xbox 360, but this was easily solved by pointing it directly at the console.
Operating the Harmony 1100i can be as simple as choosing an activity like "Watch TV" or "Listen to Music", which will set off an automatic sequence of events. The remote will automatically turn on any devices related to the chosen activity (and turn off any devices which aren't), and alter the device settings. It can also be configured to delay certain tasks, catering for devices that have lengthy start-up periods. Users can also operate each device individually, but this is comparatively cumbersome.
We did find some flaws with the Harmony 1100i during testing; it occasionally had issues recognising whether a device was on, and with switching input channels on both of our test TVs. When problems occur, a Help button at the top of the touch screen reinitiates specific events in the activity sequence in order to ensure they have been carried out properly, prompting the user for feedback to determine whether it has worked.
The remote's interface can be a little slow, particularly when moving to another set of control options. Thankfully, the ability to customise buttons on both the device and activity interfaces means that users shouldn't have to flip through screens too often.
The Harmony 1100i universal remote won't fulfil every single function available on a device's original remote. Advanced tasks like specific menu controls and settings may require the original remote, but for everything else the Harmony 1100i is a competent and efficient replacement.
Join the newsletter!
There are so many different options for cloud (online) storage.
Most Popular Reviews
- 1 HP Envy x360 13 (Ryzen): Full, in-depth review
- 2 Dell G5 review: Easy to live with
- 3 D-Link Omna 180 Cam HD DSH-C310 review
- 4 Ring Video Doorbell review
- 5 Sony Bravia 2017 TVs: Full, in-depth review
Latest News Articles
- Sonos announces local availability for Sonance collab
- Youtube Music comes to Sonos
- CES 2019: Sonos move forward with Google Assistant for the Sonos One, open to adding Bixby
- CES 2019: Hisense showcase 8K and a MicroLED showpiece of their own
- CES 2019: Australia is about to get a taste of Hisense's new soundbars
PCW Evaluation Team
This small mobile printer is exactly what I need for invoicing and other jobs such as sending fellow tradesman details or step-by-step instructions that I can easily print off from my phone or the Web.
Microsoft Office continues to make a student’s life that little bit easier by offering reliable, easy to use, time-saving functionality, while continuing to develop new features that further enhance what is already a formidable collection of applications
I’d recommend a Dell XPS 15 2-in-1 and the new Windows 10 to anyone who needs to get serious work done (before you kick back on your couch with your favourite Netflix show.)
It’s useful for office tasks as well as pragmatic labelling of equipment and storage – just don’t get too excited and label everything in sight!
The Brother MFC-L8900CDW is an absolute stand out. I struggle to fault it.
I need power and lots of it. As a Front End Web developer anything less just won’t cut it which is why the MSI GT75 is an outstanding laptop for me. It’s a sleek and futuristic looking, high quality, beast that has a touch of sci-fi flare about it.
- Everything we (already) know about the Samsung Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+ and Galaxy F
- Razer Phone 2 review: One for the fans
- Samsung’s Galaxy S10 will launch on Feb 20
- Which flagship TV is best? Sony 4K HDR Bravia 2016 versus LG 4K HDR OLED 2016
- 10 Blu-ray movies / Best looking Blu-ray movies