updated 09:50 am EST, Tue January 6, 2009
Logitech Harmony 1100
Logitech continued its wave of CES news with the release of the Harmony 1100, the sequel to last year's 1000. The update switches to a black anodized aluminum design and now adds customization to the 3.5-inch touchscreen's controls; users can add or remove buttons that appear under certain conditions, such as a software play/pause button after a movie starts. It also brings support for RF-based devices rather than just those using infrared for their normal remotes.
The device continues to sync through USB on both Macs and PCs and can be auto-configured for as many as 15 out of 175,000-plus devices Logitech supports in an online database. The company plans a comparatively quick turnaround and will ship the 1100 in February for $500.