"Poor Man's Harmony - I'm a Happy Camper"4.5 starson by anthonypena
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.