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Logitech Harmony 890 Remote

by January 09, 2006
Filed under: Miscellaneous
[IMGP2601] Logitech announced it will soon be shipping the Harmony 890 advanced universal remote control, the first retail model in Logitech's award-winning family of Harmony remotes to use both radio frequency (RF) and infrared (IR) wireless signals to deliver powerful and complete control of the most advanced home-theater setups. With the Logitech® Harmony® 890 remote, no line of sight is needed - the remote can control sophisticated home-entertainment systems with equipment hidden behind closed doors. The Harmony 890 remote will be available in December through major consumer electronic retailers. With a wireless range of up to 100 feet, the Harmony 890 remote sends RF commands to the included wireless receiver, which then blasts infrared signals to the components. The Harmony 890 remote is also designed so that a person can navigate through photos, videos, and music on a PC by using the optional Harmony USB wireless PC transceiver, which plugs directly into a computer.

The Harmony 890 remote supports the Z-Wave wireless technology standard, used by manufacturers of dimmer switches for lighting, climate controls, and security systems. Initially, the Harmony 890 remote will be able to control advanced lighting systems using this standard, and will eventually support other categories of home-automation systems.

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Designed for State-of-the-Art Home-Entertainment Systems
> Maintaining the same popular comfort-grip design featured on previous Harmony remotes, the new Harmony 890 remote includes a vibrant, color display that serves as a personalized activity control center. Colorful icons accompany text on the display to allow for quick and easy command of home-entertainment equipment and household appliances. The remote is fully backlit so it is easy to navigate in the dark, and the finely sculpted primary navigation controls - such as play, pause, record and the number buttons - are easily identified by touch due to their varied size, shape and location. The remote's sleek polished chrome directional pad and buttons are contrasted by the remote's silver finish. The remote also uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, eliminating the need to change batteries. When the remote is not in use, it rests on an attractive charging platform.

Time-saving Setup
> One of the staples of the award-winning Harmony family of universal remote controls is the easy online setup. Logitech's comprehensive online database features discrete codes and characteristics of more than 100, 000 different devices models from more than 3,000 different manufacturers. This online database of detailed information is updated daily with the latest devices. As consumers set up a Harmony 890 remote, they enter component or appliance model numbers using the online interface, and the Harmony setup wizard matches the component with the appropriate infrared codes. This simple process alleviates the need to program a remote with dozens of individual infrared commands. The Harmony 890 remote plugs into a PC so that these codes can be easily downloaded to the remote. Once programmed, the Harmony remote sends wireless signals that automatically update all the Harmony wireless receivers throughout the house with the latest control information.

Logitech Smart State Technology
> The Harmony 890 remote delivers powerful activity control by using Logitech's patented Smart State Technology®, which allows a remote to track the operations of the various components it controls. Harmony 890 remote users can effortlessly switch between watching high definition television and listening to music in surround sound, by selecting a single activity button. Each time a new activity is selected, the remote establishes the proper state of all of the components needed for the current activity, and turns off the components not needed.

The Harmony 890 remote makes use of one-touch activity buttons that include any combination of entertainment components, and even light settings. The simplicity of Logitech Smart State Technology makes it easy for customers to operate the remote.

> The suggested retail price of the Harmony 890 remote is $399.99, including a Harmony 890 Wireless AV Receiver. Additional receivers will be available at a suggested retail price of $149.99 per unit.

For more information please visit www.logitech.com/harmony .

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