Universal Remote: Logitech Harmony One
The average U.S. household owns 5.3 remote controls, according my unscientific survey of friends’ living-room coffee tables. Furthermore, only 1.3 persons per household know which equipment those remotes control, and 0.2 person per household knows how to work any particular remote. But a universal remote like the Logitech Harmony One
can control them all, leaving you to learn how to work the buttons on (and avoid misplacing) only one device. Of course, to gain command of such a hydra-headed beast, you may have to take a remote-obedience class.
The Harmony One has a 2.2-inch colour touch screen. You can download button assignments from Logitech's online database of more than 225,000 devices, after which, you can listen to music by touching a single button. Turn on the TV, the receiver, and the Blu-ray player, and harmonize their settings for cooperative play by pressing just one button. You are the alpha potato of your household!