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: The Logitech Harmony 900 is an impressive universal remote but it loses some of its luster with the release of the Harmony Ultimate, which replaces it in the Harmony line.
Pros: Sleek design, in terms of cosmetics and ergonomics; PC programmable; excellent button layout and design that now includes new Blu-ray-centric buttons; high-resolution LCD that offers a touch-screen interface and touch-sensitive buttons for navigation of onscreen menus; rechargeable lithium ion battery and docking station; RF option included--and it's very easy to set up.
Cons: Price will scare off some buyers; PS3 control requires add-on dongle; dearth of user-programmable multi-device macros will frustrate advanced users.
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
Excerpt: The Logitech Harmony 900 is the updated Logitech Harmony One , which marries a traditional button remote with a capacitive touchscreen for expanded functionality. What makes this better are the charging dock and the RF to IR control adapters.