Logitech Harmony 1100i Remote Control
The Harmony 1100i is Logitech’s premium universal remote control within its Harmony range. It features a large LCD touchscreen next to controls that should work on any device (volume, channels and directional choices).
Pros: Like the rest of the Harmony range, the 1100i’s emphasis is on ‘activities’, which you predefine via a very slick Web interface. However, this model takes this a little further than other Harmony remotes, as you can also define your own buttons and determine the screen placement for them.
Cons: Unlike wand-style remotes, the 1100i is strictly a two-sided affair, which can be fiddly. I found one HDMI switch in the setup that couldn’t be identified, which was disappointing. It also comes with an undeniably premium price tag, which puts it out of reach of many home theatre enthusiasts.
Overall I give this a 3/5 – A nice remote, but too costly.
Linksys Media Hub NMH305
The Media Hub is, in essence, a NAS (Network Attached Storage) device – a way to have a big, home-based external pool of storage for files, documents and multimedia that can then be shared out to any PC or compatible home AV equipment. Linksys’s promise is that, unlike many other NAS units, the Media Hub makes it easy.