Summary: This is by far the most functional universal remote we have used - perfect combination of the touchscreen and physical keys. And is the best looking as well. If only it didn't give so much a scare to Macbook users! With the RF module as a part of the package, you can now hide away some of the gadgets from the line of sight, for a less cluttered look to the room.
Pros: Setup compatible at myharmony.com, Sleek design& excellent build quality, Touchscreen & physical key combo, Keys have differing designs for better touch location, RF module included in package, Dock for charging remote
Cons: It costs a whole lot of money, Doesn't get along with Mac OS X, Very glossy body, for the most part
Logitech Harmony 900 Universal Remote Control Review
31 December 2010
Conclusion: Although the inability to transfer existing devices and activities from another Harmony remote is a bummer, and the lack of macro support is a bit surprising, the fact is that the Harmony 900 is the most flexible, easiest to use and simplest to program universal remote I've had the pleasure of testing to date. Although the price is a bit steep, the Harmony 900 offers performance to match.
Summary: CNET has the most comprehensive test-based coverage, complete with a rating system and lengthy analysis. Other sites, including DVice.com and Gizmodo.com, have good reviews that are a little less detailed. CrunchGear.com also has a good review, which represents a competing opinion to most of the professional reviews we saw. Go to Amazon.com to read user opinions about the Logitech Harmony 900.
Pros: Radio frequency and infrared signals, Quick web-based setup process, Color touch screen, Sleek design
Cons: Expensive, Overkill if you only have a few components, Glossy case shows fingerprints and dust, Range not as long as claimed, Can't create custom commands, Some issues with the latest Mac operating systems
Logitech Harmony 900 Universal Remote, when A Clutter-free A/V Environment Is the Objective
25 March 2010
Excerpt: Ditch all your other remotes, which likely will make every member of the family very happy, and get a $399Logitech Harmony 900 for the easiest ultimate control of all you’re A/V equipment. Consumers can put all their home entertainment equipment (except the display!
Excerpt: Clutter is something the editors here at Gear Patrol hate. While you might have an excuse for rocking an unkempt desk, your coffee table deserves order. If you’re still rocking a pile of remotes, having failed to buy a Logitech Harmony One remote, now is the time to check out the latest offering from the undisputed champs of the all-in-ones. We’re talking about Logitech’s new Harmony 900 Universal Remote .
Excerpt: This past holiday season, my wife and I remodeled our basement putting in a relatively nice media room with fancy in-the-wall speakers, A/V receiver, big LCD TV, Blu-ray player, AppleTV, and Nintendo Wii. All of those components having their own remote which adds up to a fair amount of juggling just to do something as simple as watch TV. Admittedly, some of those remotes have the ability to control other devices but sadly none can control them all.
Pros: Well made, Ergonomic design, Great button layout, High resolution touch screen, Highly programmable via computer, Controls up to 15 devices, Included RF system
Conclusion: As easy as the Harmony remotes are to program, we have encountered situations where we could not configure one ourselves to control a device exactly the way we wanted. That’s where Logitech’s excellent telephone tech support comes into play. These knowledgeable folks can not only help walk you through a problem, they can prepare a fix that you can download and verify while you’re on the phone.
Pros: Touchscreen display; supremely easy to program; rechargeable battery; RF feature and IR blasters allow you to keep your gear out of sight
Cons: Expensive; not as sexy as the pricier Harmony 1100; free telephone tech support limited to 90 days