Logitech Harmony 550 Universal Remote Control - Refurbished
- Compatible with TVs, sound systems, and DVD players/recorders from over 3,000 electronics manufacturers
- Replace up to 15 remote control devices
- Sound and Picture convenience buttons help you change picture aspect ratios and sound modes.
- Connect via Windows/Mac PCs to receive updates, configure remote
- Interactive LCD screen and backlit keypad
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This Harmony 550 remote has been refurbished by Logitech. Access your entire Home Entertainment system with just one button. Everyone from the kids to the babysitter can now enjoy the full home theater experience. Simply select an activity, and your Harmony universal remote will send the right commands so you don't have to juggle remotes or remember a sequence of buttons. There's even a handy Help button to guide you through simple troubleshooting and get you back in control. The Harmony universal remote is the world's only remote with Smart State Technology activity control. Just press one of the Activity buttons, such as Watch TV or Listen to Music, and your Harmony universal remote automatically sets up your entertainment system.
From the Manufacturer
Logitech Harmony 550 Advanced Universal Remote: Control your Entertainment Universe with One Touch
Say goodbye to juggling multiple remotes. Harmony 550 gives you one-touch control of your entire home entertainment system. Want to watch TV? See a movie? Listen to music? Play a game? Start your activity with one touch. Patented Smart State Technology takes care of turning on, or off, all the right components. It's the remote everyone can use. No cheat sheets. No complicated button sequences. No numb thumb. Harmony 550 is the easier, more affordable way to take complete command of your entertainment.
One-touch activity control for easy access to all your entertainment
High style, comfort and convenience at your fingertips
Controls virtually any component you own now and add later
Simple to set up. Simple to get support.
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*Only applies to new retail remotes purchased from an authorized dealer. Factory-refurbished remotes carry a 90-day warranty when puchased from an authorized dealer.
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Alas, as the remote was something he hated, without even opening the box, it lived in its box BEHIND the television set where it could neither be used nor admired.
Fed up with the constant need to find remotes, I finally took it out of its box. The software was dated of course so I went to the website. The site did not point and laugh at me. I made the kid look for the numbers for all of the things attached to the television and set up the info, then downloaded it to MY remote.
I then left their six remote system set up and put my one remote system on the bookshelf where only I could reach it. ABSOLUTE CONTROL of the telemusicverse was MINE!!! It was good.
[The only thing it won't work with is switching on the HDMI. For some reason we have two lines on that. I blame Satan.]
After recieving the remote, I'm very happy I went with the refurbished, less expensive model. Programming the remote for the TV, Receiver, Blu-ray (all Samsung), and the cable box took about an hour, even counting a couple misteps along the way. I used the software that came with the remote and did not notice any problem that would make me recommend against it. While using the remote, every once in a while it will not get everything quite right, but the display screen prompts (they work like a flow chart - very easy to manoeuver through) have always fixed the problem, usually within only one or two steps.
If I were to complain about anything, it would be that the dedicated buttons will no longer work if you've isolated the remote to control only one device. If, for instance, I press activity and then watch DVD, then the volume buttons will adjust the sound out of the reciever, and the stop, play, pause, etc. buttons will control the blu-ray player. But if I need a more specific command for the blu-ray player and isolate the remote for that device only, the volume buttons will no longer adjust the volume on the reciever. To do that, I need to finish whatever task I had for the blu-ray player, then isolate the remote's function for the reciever. (And vice versa) Obviously this isn't a deal breaker, because before I would have been juggling remotes anyway. I suppose it has to work that way, as some systems will have overlapping functions and the activity selection determines how those dedicated buttons work - but since my system is fairly simple it's extra work for me.
To return the remote back to the overall activity function (and therby re-ennabling the dedicated buttons), simply press the 'device' button again, and the LED screen will go back to the last activity the device was programmed for. As this was one of the only problems I had with the design of the remote, I wanted to say that I give it an even higher recommendation now.
No matter - getting rid of that stack of remotes far outweighs that minor quibble. If you are interested in a universal remote, but are worried about buying a refurbished model, I can say that from my experience (going on two months worth) you can set your mind at ease. I'm sure there are other universals out there that have even more bells and whistles, and some might even be worth the money, but this one does everything I need it to do and was the least expensive. That's a deal in my book.
It is easy to set up after you spend some time with the software. The software provides enough flexibility to do the customization you want. Also, the help function which helps guide you through the trouble shooting process is very handy. It works with all of my TVs, xbox, PS and receivers and even media center PC.
It does have some drawbacks. In most of cases, it works fine. However, it is not as responsive as the original remotes. However, in most of situations, you won't feel the differences.
Now, I am planning to have a higher model to control more devices.
With the arrival of the new DVR I figured it was time to move up in cost a little and see what I could find. The price for the Harmony 550 refurb was right in my range and compared to new price pretty appealing. I had considered a new URC R50 but could not find a single website that said for certain it would run my new DVR. With the Harmony there were several mentioning it could.
So I ordered the Harmony 550 on Saturday with PRIME next day shipping and got it this morning and opened the box just after dinner. The condition for a refurb was amazing, only a slight rub on the bottom right "B" button.
Now for the reviews with complaints of difficulty setting this remote up, I cannot possibly believe it could be any easier.Just be sure to have your original remote handy by your PC during setup. Within 10 minutes my software was installed on my PC, the remote connected and my devices added in another 10. The prompts are simple and easy to understand and the only device it questioned was my DVD player. This is where you want to make sure have the old remotes handy as it will ask you to press a couple of buttons on the old remote, with the old remote facing the back of the Harmony 550. Six press and clicks later the issue was fixed. The ACtivities setup follows, which is simply telling the remote software what devices need to be on when you watch the TV or watch DVDs, basically a very simple macro setup. When done it prompts you to unplug the remote from USB and test it through the activities you setup, then come back to the your PC to report. I had Watch TV and Watch DVD. On Watch DVD it worked perfectly even bringing up the menu to manuall select a disc off the changer and the menu for switching discs by picking from a list. Surprise surprise, Wath TV the Dish DVR didn't respond. I came back to my PC answered the question that the DVR does not respond at all, where I was prompted to get the old remote and again press 3 buttons while facing the back of the Harmony. I was prompted that a better set of commands were found and to try the Watch TV activity again. Every thing worked great.
Within less than 45 minutes I had my Dish DVR, Coby DVD 588, RCA surround system, Sany 50" HD TV, and original modded Xbox Media Center setup and working on the Harmony 550. Even with my favorite Kameleon remote it would have take easily twice that long, between entering codes, then learning missing keys, and last but not least programming macros to run everything under one button power on.
For cons, the layout is a little odd and takes some getting used to. It would be nice in the setup if it automatically prompted you to have the commands on the lcd screen, or on a pre programmed layout on the keys. The LCD screen is controlled usin 4 buttons, 2 on each side, and left and right arrow keys. These are all a little small but not too bad.
I am looking forward to learning more of the tweaks and custom configurations you can get with the Harmony. Even at the price of new I think this remote would have been a bargain. Should I need to upgrade to RF in the future I will be sticking with the Harmony family. I will miss my touchscreen Kameleon but my neighbors will appreciate the technology handme down.
"Glow" feature for backlit keys and LCD 12-10 lol