Summary: I was looking for a universal remote and found the Harmony 676. At first I liked it a lot but the buttons were too similar in size and shape to work in the dark, and I kept pressing the wrong buttons. That wasn't the worst. After awhile the fast forward button quick working for the DVR. I ended up having to go back and use the original remote with my cable box.
Summary: I've owned this remote for about 13 months. First let me say, it has a solid feature set and it works as advertised. I control a Samsung TV, a MacMini, a Pioneer 5.1 sound system and a Tivo all from the same remote. The setup is relatively easy (could be more intuitive) and it's still customizable. It's a little annoying that you have to have an online account to set it up, but for the most part it's worth it. But now it's starting to wear.
Summary: Just had to add my two cents to everyone else's reviews. I fully agree that the functionality of this remote is excellent. I used it to replace a TV, cable box, receiver, and CD/DVD changer remotes. Setup is a breeze with the USB interface, and the remote did exactly what I wanted it to do and had good range as well. Great deal for the price I paid--was only $50 when I bought it. Having said that, however, I am pretty disappointed with the longevity of the remote.
Summary: Initially I would easily have given this remote 5 stars. I told everyone how fun it was to program and how great it worked as a universal remote. Imagine how nice it is to hit an activity button like TV or DVD, and then all of your components turn on and automatically turn to the correct setting.
Summary: I'm not tech neophyte, but I was underwhelmed with this device. I don't think it is any worse than the others, but I was lead to believe that these new Universal Remotes are nothing like the old ones that I personally felt were more trouble than they were worth. While, better, I didn't feel this was worth the effort to learn a new remote.
Summary: This was a great remote for about 12 months. Then the buttons used for the DVR stopped working. It was hard to fast forward and stop a recording and finally became almost impossible. Clearly this remote was not made to last.
overall functionality is a winner but the 4-way switch is a loser
R. Gibson, Amazon
16 January 2007
Summary: We found the central 4-way direction switch difficult to press accurately. This button surface is a thin circular ring around the "OK" button. You tilt this ring in the direction you want to switch; up, down, left and right. Members of my household were frustrated that the button movement is so sensitive one would often accidently end up pressing a direction you did not want.
Summary: I was pretty pleased with this remote initially. It was easy to load up my various components using the included cable. Press the TV button and the cable box and tv come on. Press the music button and the receiver and cd player turn on and the tv and cable box turn off. Great, right? Well after a year or two, the buttons that are commonly used don't work properly. The One and Three keys either don't respond or give me several repeats.