Logitech Harmony Touch Brings Swipe to Universal Remote Controls

I've been a longtime user and proponent of Logitech's Harmony line of universal remotes, arguably the best consumer-grade remotes out there and an instant coffee table clutter buster. But in the era of smartphones some of the home entertainment control duties have been taken over by my iOS and Android devices (programming the DVR while out and about, controlling Apple TV, etc). Logitech's latest release, the Logitech Harmony Touch, has borrowed from the touch-swipe playbook...

The IR-signal $250 Logitech Harmony Touch hallmark feature is its 2.4" touchscreen, offering the same swipe experience as your mobile smart device. The Touch is capable of handling remote control duties for up to 15 devices, with pre-programmed 50 channel icons for easier navigation. Users can add their zip code and TV provider to better customize which channels to display.

Logitech has also switched over to a vertical stand for the Touch's charging station versus a flat cradle; additionally, there's an easy option for current Harmony One users like myself to transfer programmed device, macro, and activity settings over to the updated model via software (OS X and Windows).

Is it worth to upgrade for current Harmony One or Harmony 900 users? I'd personally wait till my unit stops working, as both older models are still adept and excellent universal remotes. But if you're looking to upgrade or dive into your 1st uni-remote, the Touch is an easy recommendation since it's more of the same...but improved.

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