Logitech launches budget Harmony remotes

March 4, 2010 | 10:23

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CeBIT 2010:
Logitech has announced a pair of new entries into its range of Harmony intelligent remote controls, both aimed at the budget end of the market.

The first new entry for the range is the Harmony 600, which is able to communicate with up to five devices and features a backlit monochrome display in the centre to allow full customisation. In keeping with the existing Harmony range, the device has the one-click activity button which allows a range of actions - such as switching on a TV, amp, and satellite receiver while switching each to the right channel - with a single press.

If the Harmony 600 is a bit spartan, Logitech has also announced its bigger brother - the Harmony 650. While many of the features are the same, the 650 replaces the monochrome display with a full colour version. As with the Harmony 600, the 650 can be programmed with the controls for up to five devices.

For those unfamiliar with the Harmony range, they're not your average programmable remote: rather than learning from existing remotes, the Harmony range is programmed via a PC - and with support for 250,000 across 5,000 brands, you're likely to find what you need.

Both devices are expected to launch in the US and Europe by the end of the month, priced at £49.99 and £69.99 respectively - significantly cheaper than the existing Harmony 700 at £99 and the touch-screen flagship Harmony One at £169.

As well as the remotes, Logitech used CeBIT to announce a new portable speaker for laptop users - the Z205. Designed to clip on to your laptop and powered via USB, the Z205 attempts to fix the problem of weedy, tinny speakers fitted to many laptops without causing the additional problem of needing more power or a desk to sit an extra speaker on. Mark Schneider, vice president of Logitech's audio arm, explained that the design is an attempt to "help people get better audio while enjoying their favourite shows or music without sacrificing portability." At 1.35" thick and 2.5" tall, they might just have managed that.

Again, the Z205 is expected to become available by the end of the month with a recommended retail price of £34.99.

Are you tempted by the new, budget Harmony remotes - or does the idea of a decent speaker that doesn't take up a desk have you salivating with desire? Share your thoughts over in the forums.
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