There's nothing more annoying that being stuck with four or five different remote controls for your home theater system, especially if you have kids around, who tend to like hiding away the batteries of all remotes! Having a universal remote control makes a lot of sense, but there are always compromises with something that sounds like it will do what you desire. Here are our ideas on how you can remote control your home theater.
1. Logitech Harmony 1100
This remote control has got a touchscreen and RF technology, allowing you to control devices in other room and on other floors. For now, this remote controls sells for around $270 on Amazon. These touchscreen remote controls have significantly come down in price, since it usually sells for $400.
2. iPhone Remote Control Solutions
Yes, we all love our iPhones, and yes, it is everybody's dream that there is an app to do everything. Technically, this isn't far from the truth. One of the post powerful things about the iPhone is the fact that it can download and install a bunch of apps. These apps usually need some kind of hardware components, from ThinkFlood RedEye Mini, L5 Universal Remote for iPhone, to i-Got-Control's IRB1.
3. Logitech Harmony 900
The Logitech Harmony 900 isn't the only remote control from Logitech that has RF but it is the most affordable. RF allows you to easily control devices and components in other rooms, thanks to radio frequencies. The newer Harmony 1100 does this too. The good thing is that it now sells for around $170.
4. Philips Pronto Remote Controls
We thought we'd mention that Philips retired their Pronto universal remote controls in the beginning of the month of November 2010. The Pronto remotes could become part of a much larger home automation system, but ultimately they were quite pricey. We've checked and they aren't being sold on much rebates, so we'd suggest skipping these.