"For a non Tech. outstanding"4.5 starson by c104333
Pros: Couldn't not have been easier to set up.
Cons: For the money, there should be an easier way to get the owners manual.
Summary: I checked out the Universal Remote TX1000, the Mirage and the Harmony 1000. I needed to get a remote that would be as simple to operate as possible. It didn't need to handle too much, just the Samsung DLP, Cablebox with DVR, DVD player and Surround sound.
When I checked out the others they needed a professional to program at a cost of $300, and they tell me it would take 3 to 4 hours to do. Not to mention that everytime I added or changed anything I would have to call them to program it. Of course no other charges for that. But are you kidding? If I have something like this I want to be able to program it or I don't need it. Oh, yea by the way $400 to $1000 for those remotes plus the $300 for programing.
With the Harmony, using my computer to program my remote was really easy. The whole process took me 45 minutes and I not a tech guy at all.
I read one review that said not to use the disc that comes with the Harmony, I did and it worked flawlessly.
First time I used the Harmony, it worked perfectly. With the touch screen, all I had to do was touch "Watch PVR" which means turn on the TV with the video 2 setting , Cablebox,Onkyo receiver with the video3 setting and it did that all perfectly.
Then I tried "Watch DVD", and it turned on the TV setting it to the DVI connection, turned on the Onkyo with the video 2 setting, turned on the DVD player.
It did the same with setting up to listen to CD's and Radio.
Remember that prior to this if I wanted to play a DVD, I had to use four remotes hitting several buttons each. Now it is one touch to the color touch screen and it is all done.
I love it! It is the best purchase I have made in a long time. Also it is very intuitive to operate.
It has a nice dock that recharges the lithium battery when not in use.
Which brings me to the only complaint I have. The owners manual was difficult to find. For the money I would think it would come with it or at least make it much easier to find.
The price threw me a little, but I was sick of four remotes. It goes for $499, but you can get it for $449 at Best Buy now.
If you can get by the money this is a keeper.