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Logitech Bows Newest Harmony

8/11/2009 09:38:10 AM Eastern

Fremont, Calif. - Logitech's latest universal remote control debuted today, featuring a color touchscreen.

 Harmony Remote
 The Harmony 900

The rechargeable Harmony 900 remote has redesigned RF technology, Logitech said, that allows it to operate devices up to 100 feet away without having to tape RF emitters on each device. To operate, users place the included IR blaster and one or two of the mini blasters on the cabinet shelves near the devices they want to control, and then use the remote touchscreen to select the devices.

The Harmony 900 also features an intuitive button layout with four "zones" - numbers, traditional DVD controls, D-pad with volume and channel up/down, and onscreen menu buttons. What Logitech calls the "44 most-essential buttons" appear on the remote. When users select an onscreen item such as "Watch TV," the remote will turn on the TV, the cable box, the A/V receiver and any other necessary devices, said the company.

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Scheduled to be available in September, the remote will retail for a suggested $399.

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