Excerpt: It seems like my home theater spawns remotes like Gremlins fed after midnight. Every time I sit down it seems I find another remote and its getting to the point that my wife is going to snap. She seems to always grab the wrong remote for whatever it is she is trying to do. In an effort to make both of our lives easier I decided to give a serious universal remote a go, not one of those cheap things you can buy in the checkout line at the local discount store.
Excerpt: DVRs, audio receivers, massive LCD displays, spent Mountain Dew containers. Your living room is a chaotic mess of electronic components and soft drink bottles. How to make sense of it? With one remote to rule them all! Logitech levels the playing field between the savvy technophile and the digitally challenged with the Harmony 890. Simple set-up via USB connection to a computer tames up to 15 devices with macros like Watch TV or Listen to the Radio .
Pros: LCD screen shows every function of the remotes it replaces. Converts IR signal to RF eliminating line-of-sight issues. Remote can be programmed via computer and with your existing remotes. Charging base keeps the battery fresh. Compatible with Z-wave technology for home appliance control.
Cons: Can be laggy, making fine adjustments in volume difficult. RF receiver uses four sticky IR emitters, limiting number and placement of hidden equipment unless additional RF extenders are purchased.
Logitech Harmony Model 890 Advanced Universal Remote Review
8 May 2006
Excerpt: The reputation of the Logitech Harmony 890 preceded it. Not just from reading the stellar reviews of the 880 and 688 right here on Big Picture Big Sound , but also from independent sources which confirmed the 880 as the ne plus ultra of remotes. So when the 890 appeared at my door, I tore into it like a kid in a candy store (a candy store that also sells very cool universal remotes).