Thank you Logitech for making my lounge room tidier!
Thank you Logitech for making my lounge room tidier!
Like the recently released Logitech Harmony 300, the new Logitech Harmony 600 is mostly a no-frills simple-to-use universal remote that is geared more towards consumers who don’t have a squillion devices they need to manage. The Logitech Harmony 600 is designed to control up to 5 devices.
Two weeks ago, we talked about Logitech’s new no-nonsense easy-to-use universal remote control: the Logitech Harmony 300. After careful study of universal remote control users, Logitech have discovered that there are people out there who don’t want all the bells and whistles, but rather require a universal remote solution that’s easy to use with the 3 or 4 devices that they have.
This is where the Logitech Harmony 300 comes into play. It doesn’t have any fancy LED color screens nor is it designed to control one hundred devices at the one time.
With their new universal remote control, the Logitech Harmony 300, Logitech seek to make our lounge room entertainment experience even more relaxing. Logitech‘s goal with the newly announced Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote is to reduce both the amount of remote controls we have on our coffee tables as well as the attendant angst in setting up a universal remote.
Ashish Arora, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s digital home supports the above by saying, “With the Harmony 300, we wanted to deliver the Harmony remote promise of one remote to control your entertainment system to everyone. No more excuses — it’s time to get rid of the stack of remotes on your coffee table and simplify your home entertainment experience.”
I’m looking forward to getting my hands on one to review very soon.
Logitech Harmony 300 Press Release:
SYDNEY, Aust., — 6th April, 2010 — Logitech Australia today announced that it is bringing the benefits of the award-winning line of Harmony® remotes to people who have simpler home-entertainment needs. The new Logitech® Harmony® 300 Remote is simple to set up, replaces up to four other remotes and gives you better control of what’s attached to your TV with the touch of one button.
“Most universal remotes have a bad reputation for being hard to program and, as a result, you still use more than one remote to control the devices you own,” said Ashish Arora, vice president and general manager of Logitech’s digital home group. “With the Harmony 300, we wanted to deliver the Harmony remote promise of one remote to control your entertainment system to everyone. No more excuses — it’s time to get rid of the stack of remotes on your coffee table and simplify your home entertainment experience.”
Logitech’s research found that more than one-third of the 75 million U.S. and European households who have tried programming a universal remote had been dissatisfied with the process. But the Logitech Harmony 300 Remote is different. With a refreshed Web-based setup designed exclusively for Logitech’s newest remote, all you have to do is connect the remote to your computer, go to www.myharmony.com, tell us what devices you’re using and we’ll do the rest. In just a few simple steps you can have full control of your home-entertainment system.
Plus, your Harmony 300 remote will never be out of date. Logitech’s remotes are powered by an online device library that covers more brands than any other remote, including more than 225,000 devices from more than 5,000 brands — and the list grows every day. Whether you have an aging VCR or a brand new Blu-ray™ player, you can be confident your Harmony remote will control the IR devices you have.
Once you set up your remote, you can get to your entertainment fast with just one button press. The Watch TV button will turn on your TV and cable box in seconds — no additional remotes needed. The buttons are placed for easy reach, sculpted so your fingers can naturally find the right commands and grouped by how you’ll use them. For example, the buttons for controlling your DVD player are all grouped together. There’s even a set of programmable buttons that you can use to jump right to your favorite channels or use for custom control.
The Harmony 300 joins the ever expanding line of Harmony remotes, an award-winning family that includes the Logitech® Harmony® 700 Remote — which controls up to six devices and is rechargeable — and the flagship Logitech® Harmony® One with its stunning touch-screen display.
Pricing and Availability
The Logitech Harmony 300 will be available in Australia from the beginning of May for a suggested retail price of AUD $59.95 inc GST. The Logitech Harmony 700 Remote and the Logitech Harmony One Remote are available for a suggested retail price of AUD $299.95 inc GST and AUD $499.00 inc GST, respectively. Additional information on the entire Harmony remote line is available at www.logitech.com/harmony.
Logitech is a world leader in personal peripherals, driving innovation in PC navigation, Internet communications, digital music, home-entertainment control, gaming and wireless devices. Founded in 1981, Logitech International is a Swiss public company traded on the SIX Swiss Exchange (LOGN) and on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (LOGI).
Logitech’s really pushing the “omnidirectional acoustics” technology with their new speaker sets – they have got both front and rear facing drivers in each satellite and the subwoofers push the sound downwards rather than out.
Omnidirectional acoustics sounds pretty nice for the more portable 2.0 sets, the Z320 and Z520, but we’re not sure if they will be that useful for comparatively more anchored 2.1 sets that, in our experience at least, are usually placed up against a wall, effectively blocking half of that 360 degrees. But Logitech speakers are reliably nice-sounding, and seeing as how we can not very well judge them without hearing them, we will have to suffice on specs for now. All of these are packing an additional input for MP3 players as well as a headphone jack.
The Z320 is a 10-watt 2.0 system marketed for laptops while its 2.1 cousin, the Z323, packs 30 watts (18 for the subwoofer) and RCA audio in at the same price. The more expensive Z523 2.1 set is pretty much the same as the Z323 with a bump to 40 watts of power. At the top of the list is the Z520, a 2.0 set with 26 watts of power. We will have to try them out for ourselves to see if this 360-degree sound is all Logitech says it is.
The much acclaimed Logitech DiNovo Mini Keyboard has been available for 1-2 months in Australia but we can’t seem to get our hands on them. Some of the big resellers are snatching them up before we can even press the “submit order” button Hopefully we’ll get dibs on the next batch due end of this month.
One of the biggest problems of deploying a HTPC system in your living room is often what to do with the mouse and keyboard. No one wants a full size keyboard and mouse sitting on the coffee table, yet thatâ€™s what most peripherals for HTPC machines look like. This is where Logitech comes in with its DiNovo Mini keyboard. The small, attractive keyboard elegantly solves a common HTPC problem. Read on to find out more.
Get more done, with more comfort with the Logitech Cordless Desktop Wave. Uniform-size keys cradle your fingers, while the curved keyboard promotes a more ergonomically correct hand position. Also built for comfort, the high-performance laser mouse features contoured sides and soft rubber grips for unmatched precision and control.
One-touch controls give you direct access to many of the new features in Windows Vistaâ„¢, including Flip 3D, Zoom, Photo Gallery, and Gadgets. Programmable F-keys add instant access to applications, games, folders and Web pages. A cushioned palm rest encourages a relaxed position for typing.
- Wave key design: Contoured, wave-shaped key design conforms naturally to your fingers.
- Constant Curve design: A curved profile and uniform-size keys promote an ergonomically correct, more comfortable hand position. Start enjoying the benefits instantly, without having to re-learn typing on a different keyboard layout.
- Cushioned, contoured palm rest: The soft surface encourages a relaxed position for long typing sessions.
- Adjustable keyboard height: Use the three-way tilt legs to set the height to suit your personal style.
- Comfortable mouse design: Contoured sides and soft rubber grips add support and ease of use.
- Audio cable management: Keep headphone cords out of the way by routing them through the channel on the underside of the keyboard.
Control and Convenience
- Easy access to Windows Vistaâ„¢: Large, one-touch controls give you direct access to key Windows Vistaâ„¢ features, including Flip 3D, Zoom, Photo Gallery, and Gadgets.
- Instant media access: Use the convenient one-touch controls for volume and media playback. A dedicated button starts Media Center or Front Row.
- Programmable F-keys: Get instant access to favorite applications, games, folders, and Web pages with customizable F-keys.
- Longer battery life: Enjoy extended battery lifeâ€”up to 15 months for the keyboard and 6 months for the mouse. Battery status lights on both the keyboard and mouse alert you when power is getting low.
- Cordless freedom: End cable clutter with fast, reliable LogitechÂ® wireless technology.
- High-performance Laser Mouse: Experience unmatched precision and control on surfaces where ordinary optical mice canâ€™t go.
Seems like we’ve missed adding the Logitech Harmony 555 Universal Remote to our gadget catalogue! Just like the others in the Harmony Remote Control range, the Logitech Harmony 555 was designed to deliver complete and simple one-touch control of the increasingly complex assortment of home-entertainment gadgets.
Logitech announced the Logitech Harmony One Advanced Universal Remote at CES 2008. It’s their latest addition to the Harmony family of remote controls. Like the others the new and improved Logitech Harmony One aims to replace all your existing remote controls, whether it be for the DVD, TV, video, stereo tuner or set-top box, with only ONE remote. Besides its unifying function it features a full-colour touch screen, intuitive button layout, ergonomic design, rechargeable battery and online setup help.
Yes I know you can pick up a $10 el cheapo at your local supermarket but I guarantee that you’ll have less headaches with the Logitech Harmony One. Remember you get what you pay for.
Expected time of arrival in Australia is mid-Feb 2008.
Features of the Logitech Harmony One:
Simplify your home entertinment.
- One-touch access to your entertainment: Enjoy easy, one-touch access to the home-entertainment activities you love. Want to watch a DVD? One simple press of the touch screen and the Harmony One remote does the rest.
- Replaces up to 15 remotes: Reduce the clutter and complexity of your living room.
Exceptionally user-friendly design.
- Full-color touch screen: Gives you easy, one-touch access to any entertainment activityâ€”such as watching a DVD, watching TV, listening to music, and more.
- Sculpted, backlighted buttons in logical zones: Allow you to find the right channelâ€”even in the dark.
- Ergonomic design: Fits comfortably in your hand.
- Rechargeable design: Eliminates the worry about replacing batteries.
Logitech Harmony One
- Guided online setup: Helps you when you need it. You donâ€™t have to be an expert. Helpful online setup software. Live customer support team.
- Worldâ€™s largest A/V control database: Be confident your Harmony remote can control virtually any home-entertainment device you have today or buy tomorrow. Online database supports more than 225,000 devices from more than 5,000 brands â€“ and the list grows larger every day.
Yet another gadget launched by Logitech at this years CES technology exhibition.
With the Logitech Squeezebox Duet you can listen to your music anywhere in your house. What’s more you can tune into thousands of international radio stations and also plug into services such as Pandora or Rhapsody. Control is via a stylish unit which features a 2.4″ LCD screen for easy navigation and display.
Features of the Logitech Squeezebox Duet:
Unlimited access to digital music: Play songs from your personal collection, tune in to thousands of Internet radio stations, or connect to online services such as Pandora and Rhapsody.*
Multi-room controller: Browse, select and play songs â€” all from the palm of your hand. 2.4-inch color display, convenient scroll wheel, familiar menus and intuitive buttons make navigation easy.
Unsurpassed sound quality: High-fidelity 24-bit DAC, sophisticated audio rendering technology, and digital outputs provide crystal clear CD-quality sound.
Reliable connectivity: Wired ethernet and true 802.11G Wi-Fi support provide excellent range and connectivity.
Easy to set up and use: Start listening to your favorite tunes within minutes. A wizard walks you through every phase of setup, including connecting to your home network and the Internet.
Music everywhere: Enjoy your favorite tunes anywhere in your home. Connect the Squeezebox Receiver to a stereo system or powered speakers. Even add more Squeezebox players and create a different soundtrack for every room.
No computer needed: Use SqueezeNetworkâ„¢â€”our free, Internet-based serviceâ€”and tune in to thousands of Internet radio stations as well as online music services. Add an MP3tunes.com music locker and listen to your personal music collection without turning on your computer!
Will be hitting Australian shores soon.
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