Reviews and Problems with Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote
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Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote Control
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29 October 2009
Summary: I have owned this remote for at least a year and my cradle has finally quit altogether. Before I bought this remote, I too read all of the reviews about the bad cradle, but figured that I would try it and just return it if the cradle gave me any trouble.
Summary: Okay, so here's the deal - Logitech's Harmony remotes are incredible electronics. They're key examples of usability - programming your remote has never been this easy! However, there are some issues with this particular model. I bought mine more than 2 years ago, and loved it at first..
Pros: - Easy to program via web - Versatile - controls almost everything! - Simple to use - Rechargeable batteries are EXCELLENT
Cons: - Dim backlighting/small button labels - Doesn't connect well with charging cradle - Longevity (or lack thereof)
Summary: It appears to have been designed with somebody's ill-conceived concept of style. As a result the buttons are hard to read, and don't provide the tactile feedback necessary to position fingers in the correct position without looking.
Pros: It works much like like the older 660, but with a better display.
Cons: The buttons are hard to read and provide poor tactile feedback.
Summary: I have owned a Harmony 680 for over 2 years, and was thinking that it might be time to step up to the 880. Well, thankfully the store I purchased it from has an excellent return policy, as two days of using this remote made me very sure that Logitech took a big step backwards with this remote.
Pros: color screen, rechargeable battery, tilt sensor for backlighting
Cons: fewer buttons than previous generation, flimsy keys, small keys
Summary: No remote is perfect. But the Harmony 880 is overall outstanding -- except for the battery charger. Sufficiently so that I bought a second for another setup elsewhere in the house -- that one a Costco special for less money and different design.
Pros: Overall, it does what it is supposed to do and is easy to program.
Summary: When you switch from TV to DVD, it will turn off the DVD ( because you had to turn it on, when you put the disc in the player). THis happens quite frequently, when switching from one activity to another. This was a gift from the Ellen Show....and thanks! But..
Summary: I love the Harmony remote line, I really do. But I just can't recommend them. They seem perfect. They do everything. They're easy to set up and a cinch to understand how to use. BUT, they break. They break all the time. Now I like my toys. I take care of them.
Pros: USB backup/configuration, intuitive interface and design, rechargeable, great warranty/replacement policies.
Cons: IR range not as good as my previous 688, recharging issues (reported by many), poor quality control, fragile.
Summary: Summary: 1. Programming - fine tuning takes at least on week. Basic programming/initialization is not enough, during initial use keep your old remote near by. I'm still in process of finalizing the remote functionality after spending 2h*5days time.
Pros: Whatever good that was said about the look and feel in previous reviews. Supports X10 light controller.