During the test we set up a couple of activities – Watch TV and Watch a DVD – and it had absolutely no problem performing both sequences. My TV, Sky box and Samsung Blu-ray deck sprang into life as planned and my Onkyo receiver flicked to the correct inputs. When you select an activity there’s a jazzier set of controls than the ones described above, which is definitely easier to use but still not completely intuitive.
As universal remotes go, the Harmony 1100 has a definite air of luxury. Its excellent build quality, colour touchscreen and simple, computer-controlled setup procedure just about make it worth that hefty price tag, and from our experience it works flawlessly with a range of home cinema devices. Our only complaint is the muddled layout of some of the button menus, which makes the process of controlling certain devices more long-winded than we’re used to, but it’s certainly not a deal-breaker.
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