Open up your entertainment cabinet. You've got a BluRay player, Apple TV, cable box and TiVo -- four different machines operated by four different remotes. More than likely you've also got a gaming console, although good luck trying to find a remote for that.
With the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote, you can seamlessly control up to 15 devices (including your lights, if you have Phillips Hue bulbs). Of course, universal remotes aren't new -- Logitech has been producing them for a while now -- but the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote introduces the Harmony Hub, a disc-like device that sits in your cabinet and turns RF signals into IR and Bluetooth commands, allowing you to access internet services from your Xbox, Wii, or PS3. The best part? The remote (or your smartphone, if you download the Harmony app) can speak to the Hub through cabinets so you can keep all of your messy devices safely out of sight.
The Harmony is also designed for ease of use in the dark... which, considering when remotes are most often used, makes non-backlit options look downright foolish. Lifting the remote activates the built-in accelerometer, which illuminates the color touch screen; from there, you can change the channel via fully customizable one-touch channel icons or the backlit buttons. When you need to use another device, a simple tap allows you to switch between control of any one of the 225,000 devices that the Harmony Ultimate supports. No need to be intimidated by a daunting setup: it's blissfully easy since you simply plug the Harmony into a desktop or laptop and visit myharmony.com for a step-by-step process. Now if you could only remember where you left it...
Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope.
The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.
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