These units are beyond the "color coordinated" units supplied by your cable company. We've collected a few remotes that offer features beyond what most of us are using today without entertainment setups. Almost like micro-computers, these remotes make our interaction with the TV a more pleasurable one...
Logitech Harmony Remote
Logitech steps up a notch with their latest Harmony remote control called the Harmony 1000 Advanced Universal Remote. This sleek futuristic remote features a bright 3.5 inch color touch screen display and uses Logitech patented Smart State Technology. Just like the rest of the Harmony remotes, the 1000 is easily programmed using a set up wizard on your computer. Simply connect the remote to your PC and program the macros on your remote. With the Smart State technology, the 1000 knows the current state of your system and turns on and off the systems appropriately.
This remote control supports more then 3,300 unique brands and has over 285,000 remote control codes in it's hardware configuration database. Setup of the remote for first time use is quite straightforward and can be done in three easy steps which are pick a device (TV, Stereo etc), select the brand from the menu and finally test and confirm that it is working. This remote does have many of the features that you've come to expect from a universal remote including favorites, profiles, learning, keypad backlighting, LCD clock and a charging cradle.
Samsung 9000 Series Remote
Even that this is not an universal remote, the Samsung LED 9000 series' remote, is a touch screen LCD unit and we can use remote as an additional monitor where we can see the TV from this remote. First of all, it's a touch screen control, and each push gives you a strong buzz of haptic feedback. For the most basic functions: volume, channel up/down, and power, there are physical buttons that don't require the screen. There's also a 'home' similar to the iPhone button that calls up the main menu onscreen. The touch screen is fast and responsive. The remote control is linked to the TV via 802.11n WiFi. With the embedded LCD screen, you can preview other channels without changing the screen on the TV, thus not interrupting your spouse's viewing choice. The remote can operate about 30 feet from the TV.