Reviews and Problems with Logitech Harmony 880 Advanced Universal Remote
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Logitech Harmony 890 Universal Remote
11 September 2012
Summary: This system nearly stopped the complaints from my wife about multiple wireless remotes. After multiple attempts to control my theaters many systems (which consists of RS1 projector, Onkyo master receiver, Sony receiver, PS-3, Dish receiver, Sony DVD, Chinese curtain puller, HDMI switcher and Lutron lighting system) All systems now operate with a single button, except one .... I gave up trying to control the on/off function of the Dish receiver model ViP 722 DVR.
Pros: Controls most everything, even weird off brand equipment
Summary: This remote works perfectly and was easy to program and fine tune to my needs. However, as noted by others, the charger is too finicky. Over the course of the last few months, the remote became more and more difficult to place exactly right in the cradle to charge it. Now the remote will not charge at all. This appears to be a cradle issue.
Pros: Worked perfectly; very flexible progamability, motion sensor to turn on
Cons: small buttons, cradle issues as noted before
Summary: This remote gets five stars for value and four stars for competence. Although it retails for $150-$200 in the stores, a comparable device from one of the high-end systems (Philips Pronto, CTX, etc.) integrators would cost at least $500 or more. However, the remote leaves you exposed in a few areas. Ergonomics is good, but not excellent, as the Activity buttons (Watch TV, etc.) can be a bit too small for bigger hands.
Pros: Easy to program via web, extensive library of audio/visual devices
Cons: Some buttons are small, advanced remote functions may be difficult for novice users to get to, charger contacts are poor quality
Summary: I was looking for a replacement remote for our old Pronto T2000 that was now some 5 years old and something that could hook up to USB instead of a Serial port like the Pronto. I probably should have gone with a newer Pronto, not that this remote is bad, it just isn't as flexible as the Pronto and from the pictures I was expecting a bit more out of the display screen than what it delivered. My wife complains that she points it at the TV, etc.
Pros: Easy to set up, buttons are pretty well laid out
Cons: Reliant upon web to update the unit and their site is not always responsive. Unit doesn't send codes at times or delay is too long and no way to tweak it as you could with say a Pronto remote
Summary: The initial programming of this remote is remove is very easy... just follow the prompts of the online wizzard that guide you through the programming. The problems come if you want to do anything complex or if things get out of sync... this is partially a problem of universal remotes in general. I've spend several hours programming this remote to get everything coordinated just right and its still has problems.
Pros: Easy to program via "wizards" on the web. Nice bright display.. automatically lights up when you turn it on.
Cons: Hard to program for complex functions. Sometimes hard to diagnose problems.
Summary: This is probably the prettiest remote I've ever seen. It has a color LCD screen, plastic buttons (as opposed to rubber), a rounded-sleek look, and is comfortable to hold. However, after two weeks of use, I have not gotten used to the button placement. The number buttons, which I use to change channels, are at the bottom and to access them, I have to shift the remote up in my hand to use. This is because by default, I have my thumb placed at the center of the remote.
Pros: Aesthetically-pleasing; One touch activity commands; Highly programmable; LCD screen; Rechargeable base; Sensor lights up remote when picked up, Good customer service
Cons: Time-consuming process to perfect desired controls; Buggy website and/or software; Though programmable, some desired functions are not currently possible; Awkward button placement
Summary: I have owned the Harmony 880 for a little over a year now. Overall, it's a decent product, but certainly not worth $280. Think twice if you're looking at logitech and have a Wii or a PS3... They are not supported. The nice thing about the remote is the one-touch activity settings that allow all your devices to switch to the requested activity (eg. Watch TV, Listen To Music or Watch A Movie). For a full review on the product, check out my blog at [...