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. What I did not anticipate was that this could be a deteriorating issue. I started having problems 5-6 months into ownership. I would have to wiggle it a little bit to make good contact, but I could live with this.
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...until about a year in, when the problems started. The issues: 1) The remote comes with a charging cradle, but for some reason it's always been hard to get the connection to hold.
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. Oddly, the 880 is the more sophisticated design, but the capacity rating of the battery is the newer and less expensive version is about 35 percent greater. NO difference in size, and it interchanges which is a good thing.
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...I'd be very unhappy, and would have returned it if I'd actually spent money for it.
Logitech Harmony 880 review. Not as good as expected
23 January 2006
Summary: I like the remote and had been waiting for it to come out for half a year but now that I have it I am disappointed. I can make it work but my non technical partner has problems with it. I works with the Tivo and cable box fine but has problems getting the correct inputs and modes on my Plasma TV and my Bose entertainment center. I have tried to fix issues but the same issue will pop back up again after a while. A simple power off comand only works part of the time.
Pros: The device looks nice. I like the idea of having one remote and am technical enough to make it work. Help function is very nice.
Cons: I should not have to use the help function as much as I do which is close to 50% of the time for the same function. The web site is extremly slow.
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. But over the last year I've had to replace 3 Harmony remotes.
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. Hint: Add TV ON/OFF, Receiver ON/OFF, etc to the activity screen like Watch DVD, it saves you a lot of time cause sometimes the ON/OFF is not working very well as noted in other real reviews.
Pros: Whatever good that was said about the look and feel in previous reviews. Supports X10 light controller.