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Logitech is shipping its advanced universal remote control optimized for consumers buying complicated new HDTVs and personal video recorders. The remote, called the Harmony 880, offers enhanced navigation that simplifies the use of these new home entertainment systems.
Set for midsummer delivery, the 880 is said to be the first to leverage Logitech's design expertise in order to make the Harmony remote even more stylish and intuitive, “so home entertainment can be fun and relaxing,” according to the company.
The new Harmony 880 maintains the same comfort-grip design as previous models of Harmony remotes, and features a vibrant, color LCD and finely sculpted buttons that make selecting an activity very easy. Colorful icons accompany text on the LCD screen to allow for quick and easy command of home entertainment equipment. The remote includes rechargeable lithium-ion batteries.
The Harmony 880 has the ability to control any component with an infrared receiver. Following an intuitive, Internet-powered setup, any user can deal with the remote without guesswork or frustration, said Logitech. To watch a DVD or television requires the pressing of just one button. The remote can send all appropriate IR commands with one touch, whereas the same activity, without the Harmony remote, might require pressing 10 or more buttons on several remotes.
Suggested retail is $249.95.
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