The secret to Logitech’s Harmony universal remotes is that basically, they’re all the same. They’re all capable of performing the exact same functions (with very few exceptions) as they all use the same identical programming software. The price difference boils down to form factor, materials, screen quality, and capability beyond basic IR (Z-Wave or Bluetooth). Under the hood they’re all the same.

From the $150 Harmony 700 to the over-the-top $500 Harmony 1100, there is no sequence of IR codes you can’t send to your TV and associated devices. I’ve even considered getting one of those fancy home thermostats with a remote control just so I could control one more device from my couch.

The 700 was just announced today, and it’s basically a Harmony One without a touchscreen – for $100 less.

I use a Harmony One right now, which is an upgrade from an 880 I had for many years, and I love it. I even programmed a macro that turns on my Xbox 360 and launches Netflix.

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