The Logitech Harmony Touch remote does everything you want your pile of existing remotes to do and a whole lot more.
It costs a little more than what you might want to spend for a universal remote, but after seeing how easily it can be programmed with your computer to operate more than 225,000 devices — up to 15 at once — money won’t be an issue.
What I have found out about Harmony remotes is how easy it is to program them for your specific choices of channels; then just navigate the 2.4-inch touch screen with backlit buttons to select your favorites.
The company obviously spent time and effort on the device, so it’s worth mentioning that the curved design rests comfortably in your hand.
At first, the number of buttons might be a little overwhelming, but get past that and give it a try.
Using the Logitech MyHarmony website lets you configure the remote to set up your devices (TV, DVR, DVD, receiver, etc.) and choose your favorite channels and shows.
My initial setup didn’t work the way I wanted to, (I had a picture on my TV but no sound) so I went back to the website, reprogrammed it to my preferred choice and it worked perfectly.
In addition to the touch screen LCD, other choices include pause, play or stopping your program.
A drop-in cradle is included to keep the lithium-ion battery charged up.
Details: www.Logitech.com; $249.99
PAPER TO TO IPAD
Computer accessory maker Targus and iDevices have formed a partnership for the design, development and distribution of the iNotebook.
The new device gives iPad users the option to write or draw on paper and transfer the images to the table wirelessly.
Hardware includes the Bluetooth-enabled writing receiver that communicates with the included stylus/pen. Both are built with an internal rechargeable battery and are charged with an included mini USB cable.
A leather portfolio is included to house the iPad and notepad (compatible with standard A5 and 8-by-5 notepads), which isn’t made of any special paper so it should be easy to find replacements.
Setup is simple, requiring download and installation of the free iNotebook app from the Apple App Store.
The app puts all the pieces together, from pen to paper, receiver and finally tablet.
There’s not a lot to it; get all the pieces turned on and write away. Documents can be saved in the Apple iCloud.
Other features can be customized, such as how to organize the saved files, what the backgrounds look like. You can even email directly from the app.
Details: www.Targus.com; $179.99
GOT YOUR BACK
The list of features for the Pelican ProGear S100 Sport Elite laptop backpack read like the specs of a backpack ready for combat.
From a distance it looks like any other backpack, but up close you see the craftsmanship that Pelican has become known for.
Among the features are a built-in crushproof and waterproof case, lockable compartments, a TSA-ready laptop area, hip belt, shoulder straps and a lumbar pad with an ergonomic ventilated back. All of these are encased in a rip-resistant material.
It weighs 7.14 pounds empty and is carry-on friendly when traveling by air.
The TSA aspect keeps your laptop (up to 17 inches) in a separate compartment so it can be inspected by airport security without obstruction.
A front compartment can hold a lot of computer and electronic accessories or even a change of clothes.
Once filled (as long as your back can take the weight), it’s amazing how much it holds and how well it functions.
Details: www.pelicancases.com; $242.96