Pros Easy set up, does exactly what it says it will do, remote feels like solid and quality construction
Cons Unlike the Harmony, only supports 5 devices, no fancy touch screen, and doesn't come with rechargeable batteries and recharging cradle.
Summary If money is not at all a concern or you need to support more than 5 devices, then go ahead and buy the Logitech Harmony. The CNET reviewer didn't like this model, because other older (and equally cheap) models have more buttons. That's fine if you're the only person who will be using the remote. You can then take the time necessary to learn how to use and master all of the confusing and mysterious buttons on the older cheaper models. Those of us looking to simplify our lives AND the lives of our loved ones will be happier with this inexpensive redesigned model having fewer mysterious and difficult to master buttons. Logitech appears to have belatedly discovered in the design of their newers remotes that sometimes... less is more...
Prior to setting up, just be sure you have the model numbers of all your devices and then set up will be (relatively) painless. My media life is now 1000 times simpler. When I want to switch from watching TV to watching a DVD movie, the remote knows all of the necessary settings. The most common and important settings have dedicated buttons. The lesser used functions are also available, but you'll have to scroll a little to find them.
Unlike a typical dumb universal remote, for most functions, you don't have to push a button to switch between controlling, let's say, the Cable box or the AV receiver. For me and loved ones this one thing is a god send. If you want to change the channel, then you change the channel... if you want to turn the volume up or down, then you turn the volume up or down. Makes life (for those using a Cable Box, TV, and AV receiver) so much simpler.
Pros my favourit feature has to be the activitie button turns everything on in order and i dont have to press a bunch of buttons on several remotes
Cons takes a fair bit of time to get everything set up the way you like it, and its a little high priced
Summary prolly one of the best universal remotes on the market second only to another logitech. very comfortable to hold and use buttons well placed, the perfect universal for performance and style cause its pretty cool to hold onto and use
Pros - cheap
- more refined than earlier, more expensive Harmony remotes
Cons -only 5 devices but I only have 4 devices anyway
Summary I bough this for $49.99 which was at least $40 less than the Harmony 550. If you don't need more than 5 devices it is definitely worth going for the cheaper model. Also this is a vast improvement over earlier models like the Harmony 659 this replaced. The LCD screen automatically shuts off and a motion sensor turns it back on when you pick up the remote. It lights up and reminds you to keep it pointed at the TV while it is setting up the activity. The help mode is also better at fixing problems when the happen as I've noticed it generally requires fewer steps.
"Easy to set up"on by timetest
Pros The software is easy to use and setup, it has a huge database of devices it supports.
Cons The buttons could be better, I don't care for the layout.
Summary This remote comes with the Blu-ray buttons which is a huge advantage and like another review said I can't understand why the Cnet review doesn't mention this. The Cnet review seems to think that controling only 5 devices is a drawback but again like the other review, past a certain point controlling a large number of different device with one remote becomes awkward anyway.
Pros Blu-ray red, green, yellow and blue buttons, just enough buttons without being too much
Cons Still not as comfortable to hold as normal remotes
Summary I don't understand why the CNET editors don't talk about in their review the one feature that sets this product apart from any other Harmony Universal Remote--the Blu-Ray color buttons at the bottom. If you have a Blu-Ray player and not gads of tech to run with this remote, this is definitely a better choice than the alternatives they suggest.
I think a lot of Universal Remotes are so feature packed that they become quite difficult to use. At a certain point, it becomes easier to just use all the separate remotes. This unit is low on the totem pole enough that it does its job while still being pretty easy to use.
This is my second Harmony remote, and I hated the first. I am loving this one so far, so I highly recommend it.