Reviews and Problems with Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote
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Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote Control
13 October 2008
Summary: Juggling the size, ergonomics, power, flexibility, and ease
of use of a programmable remote control is difficult to do. Most remotes fail miserably in
at least one of these areas, but in the last few years Harmony has steadily advanced
toward a more perfect balance. However, the real story of the Logitech Harmony 880 is the
amazing amount of power and flexibility it provides for minimal investments in programming
and setup time.
Excerpt: The Logitech Harmony 880 represents the future of remotes: It's universal, it has a color LCD, it's easily programmable on a PC (no need for an A/V installer), and it's reasonably priced. It's our Editors' Choice. The NevoSL is better and has a bigger screen, but it costs over three times as much.
Conclusion: I am really happy with the Harmony 880. This is probably the last remote I will every own, unless I get the new Harmony 1000. I can easily recommend it to anyone that has a lot of remotes and wants to consolidate them. With a little effort you can learn how to use it and get it to do some fairly amazing things. As with all electronic devices there is a learning curve. It may be difficult for people who are not up to date with electronics to get used to it.
Excerpt: Introduction Ah, remotes. Can’t live with ‘em, can’t live without. Well, let me just get this out of the way - I generally hate remotes. Some remotes are good; most of them suck. What good is piece of equipment costing hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars that can be rendered inept by a terrible remote control?
Excerpt: Not long ago, Dell Canada had a great deal on the Logitech Harmony 880 remote control. I've heard so much about it and they always seem to sell out whenever a good deal comes along. So when there was a good discount, I did not hesitate to buy one. But honestly I wasn't sure how well it was going to work in my own environment. I had a vague idea about how the Harmony remote functioned, but its claims to control all my devices made me skeptical.
Excerpt: style on/off commands for many activities. There are 2 problems with these remotes. The first is the long process involved to teach these remotes each one of your system components. The second problem is the lack of memory for macro functions. For instance, you can macro a command (turn on TV, set input to 2, turn on receiver, turn on DVD, press play), but the problem is your devices always need to be on a standard state or you’ll end up on the wrong input, or your TV...
Pros: Incredibly Easy to setup, Charging Station, Constantly Updated Database of Components, Nice customization options and easy web interface
Cons: A computer with internet is pretty much required to set it up
Excerpt: In our ongoing search for the perfect universal remote control, Logitech Harmony has come the closest to that esteemed goal. Its previous models were able to eliminate all those remote controls strewn all over your coffee table, and let you switch between watching TV, watching DVDs and many other activities by pushing just one button.