Summary: I've had about a dozen Harmony remotes over the last ten years and as they wear out (they last me about 2-3 years) I replace them with the next version. On the plus side, they are the easiest remotes in the world to program. Period. I've had Philips and Marantz and Niles units and there is simply no comparison. Harmony units are EASY to program using the web interface. I have several Tivos so I started out with three (3) 676 units.
Summary: In December of 2009, i received the Harmony 670 for Christmas. After a somewhat complex setup process, with a lot of manual tweaks, it was ready to go. The remote worked fantastic until the screen died after nine months. I was able to warranty it as it was a known problem and there were a lot of people with a similiar issue online. Due to this, they replaced it with a Logitech Harmony 700. Switching remotes was very easy.
Summary: This unit is not user friendly at all. There are no instructions for its use. It does not work well either. For example, I have a Panasonic TV set and a Motorola cable box. There is no way that this unit will raise and lower the volume through the Motorola cable box in the "watch tv" mode. You have to do it through the TV set. I wrote to Logitech, and they never responded.
Summary: I spent a couple hours or so, trying to set up this remote only to discover that it does not "Learn"/support RF function. I should have researched a little more, but I figured a remote that cost over $100 would have RF. I have a new home theatre set up and the DirecTV reciever also controls a 2nd TV in another room just fine with the DTV remote (free)via RF. In order to do away with 4 remotes, I have to spend over $300 for a Harmony with RF??? Don't think so.
Pros: Good (enough) hardware. Huge database of emulated devices. Stylish look.
Cons: Very ill-designed software platform (including the fact it's web based). Very much less flexible in programming than usually stated. Pricey, if you consider the many software shortcomings and therefore its limited usefulness.
A"Must Read" if you are purchasing a second Harmony for a separate system
Al Wroblaski, Amazon
16 December 2010
Summary: I bought my first one Jan 2010, and couldn't be happier with it. I downloaded the software, inputed the devices model #s , and within an hour replaced 5 or 6 remotes. The one touch Ons & Offs appeal to my wife. My only gripe is when the battary goes low it becomes inoperable...boom...no warning. But that is minor. I bought a second AV system Thanksgiving, and ordered another Harmony 700 for it.
Summary: By all measures, this should be a five star product. Logitech has this incredible database of all manufacturers remotes out there, so even though the Harmony 700 has the capability of "learning" from other remotes, you really shouldn't ever need to do this - just enter the manufacturer and model number of all your components and - wow! - it's all set up.
Summary: After breaking our last harmony universal I thought I'd "upgrade" to this one... whoops. It's very easy to set up, the layout is a bit clunky but overall totally acceptable, and having a built in rechargeable battery is nice. What's the problem? It virtually NEVER starts everything on the first try. If I press 'Watch TV' it starts the stereo, but not the TV. Or sometimes the other way around. If I press "Watch movie" it starts the TV and DVD player, but not the stereo.
Summary: I've had this item for about 6 months. It's been just dandy until today. All I wanted to do was make a scenario where the TV and A/V receiver are turned on and set to the appropriate channel. The software thwarted me at every turn. It's a home-built HTPC controlled by a wireless mouse and keyboard. There is no provision for a custom-made machine.