Harmony: a remote with a grudge

[intro]£300 for a remote? But a pittance, when it's the new Logitech Harmony 1000 [/intro] It is clever, but it's not funny - not if you're another

[intro]£300 for a remote? But a pittance, when it's the new Logitech Harmony 1000 [/intro]

It is clever, but it's not funny - not if you're another remote control, anyway. The new Harmony 1000's sole aim in life is to banish all other remotes from your home, and it sets about the task with some venom.

Rig it up to your Mac or PC, and it will trot off to Logitech's database and retrieve the codes for many thousands of other, lesser remotes. And since we're assured that this database is both huge and constantly refreshed, even that £25 Chinese DVD player bought from Woolies two years ago isn't safe. Unless of course it's the sixteenth toy in your home: the new Harmony is limited to controlling up to 15 other devices.

You control the whole shooting match from a bright, touch-sensitive LCD screen, and the 1000 takes on fuel for its lithium-ion batteries via a dinky stand. For more, check Logitech's US site.