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Nice remote, but very pricey,
This review is from: Logitech Harmony 1100 Universal Remote with Color Touch Screen (Electronics)Since I have no previous experience with the Harmony 1000 from Logitech, I won't be able to make any comparisons for those that are considering an upgrade.
Price: Prepare yourself for some sticker shock. At nearly $500, this remote carries a hefty price tag, and it's a bit hard to justify that much money for such a small device. On the other hand, this device may be the only one that you'll ever need while using your home electronics, and if you're unhappy with a bunch of remotes (or just want the cool factor), then maybe it's worth it.
Look and Feel: It's very light in terms of weight and easy to hold. In general, it has a very slim form factor and is not bulky by any means. On the downside, the finish is easily susceptible to fingerprints, as well as the actual touch screen, so you'll find yourself cleaning it every now and then.
Setup: The setup is pretty straightforward and you don't have to be a genius to get it going. It's as easy as installing the software, connecting the remote via the supplied USB cable to your PC, and then walking through a wizard which configures the remote. The remote revolves around "Activities" which might be things like "Watch TV" or "Watch a DVD" or "Play a Video Game". All of these are designed such that your various devices are all turned on and configured with a single button push. How well this actually works will depend on the device that you're using. I have a Samsung LCD TV, a Sony DA5000ES receiver, a Motorola cable box (with DVR), a Panasonic DVD/VCR combo, and an Xbox 360. Getting everything working with the exception of the receiver was a snap. Unfortunately, my receiver has a weird way of switching the inputs, and the Harmony wanted me to "teach" it how to change the inputs. While I worked through this for a while, I eventually gave up only because I was short on time. Aside from that, I think I lost one of the remotes to my Sony, and that made the teaching process that much harder.
Daily use: While I have not been using it for very long, I'm pretty pleased so far. My wife who is not technical savvy by any stretch loves it and has already started getting used to it and is anxious to get rid of our other remote controls. One minor annoyance is the need to "page" through a number of screens for some of the devices to get to their device-specific controls. For example, if you want to get to your DVR on your cable box, I have to hit the "page down" button five times, but once I'm there, I have full control using the tactile buttons on the right side of the remote. Perhaps there is a way to create a shortcut for this, although I haven't found it yet.
Customization: The included software allows a great deal of customization, so if you're into spending a bunch of time on the computer using their software, you'll love this remote. If you don't want to spend a bunch of time, the setup wizard should get you through the initial process in about 10 - 15 minutes and for the most part, further customization is not necessary, although it depends on your device.
Device Coverage: It's hard to say how much is covered, but the list that comes in from the software is pretty extensive, although it does not drill down to the specific model numbers, so it's hard to tell. In general, I think they have good coverage, especially from their existing remotes, and they're probably performing updates on their web site all the time. Worst case scenario - you can use your old remote to teach the Harmony the commands, but this isn't much fun.
Overall: If you want complete control over your entertainment system and are willing to pay for it, this remote is for you. If you're tired of having a number of remotes and want to consolidate with ease, this remote is for you.
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Initial post: Mar 4, 2009 7:57:01 AM PST
Alex P. says:
If you spend some time customizing the soft buttons you can eliminate having to page through menus. Takes time but worth the effort.
In reply to an earlier post on Apr 20, 2009 1:07:47 PM PDT
Walla Dennis Easley III says:
Exactly, you simply use the harmony software and add all of your common features to the first page... you'll need to do this for each activity... and the functions can be from any device associated with that activity... you can also do it for the devices as well if you prefer... it's worth the effort
Posted on Mar 24, 2010 2:07:45 PM PDT
G. Girard says:
Posted on Dec 18, 2010 9:34:51 AM PST
Borat's Bad Brother says:
I have a home theater setup as well but I still can't get an answer to my question! When I watch movies I often go into my receivers "menu" to adjust the subwoofers' output. Can I do that with this remote? Anybody?
Posted on Jan 28, 2011 1:40:55 PM PST
I have the same Sony 5000ES receiver - is there a way to work around the issue stated in Raymond Parsons comment?
In reply to an earlier post on Sep 16, 2011 12:33:01 PM PDT
OK, I'm at lunch at work and don't have this specific model but my cheaper one which uses the same software you can. While in the Wizard you can add a "button" for that specific feature of that device. I added a TV vol up and down as I was finding that when I had went to watch a DVD or play an Xbox game, which play through the stereo, that I frequently had left the TV volume up. I have added many options as I go to be able to customize. I only use the single remote, it truly replaces the others.
In reply to an earlier post on Dec 12, 2011 7:38:54 PM PST
Stephen R. Smith says:
We have cable thru Comcast. Is this remote functional with our DVR?
In reply to an earlier post on Jan 9, 2012 11:54:53 AM PST
C. Shrout says:
This is a shot in the dark, but judging by the fact that this remote is so powerful, I would venture to guess that you could program it to do so.
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