Pros Motion detector, rechargeable, I-net programming
Cons No Touch Screen, small buttons, nagging issue on component
Summary After buying 3 other 'universal' remotes in the past 2 years, this one seems to finally do the job. I was looking for one that could be programmed & upgraded via my computer though all the Logitech’s do this. The Logitech web site made programming nearly effortless though I still have a nagging issue with input controls on my Samsung TV that I can't currently remedy. The features I most enjoy are of course the color screen, on-screen help functions, "instant-on' motion sensor & cradle for charging & docking. It would have been nice if the screen was touch sensitive, but that is a minor nuisance. Overall a great item – hats off to Logitech!
"Harmony 880 Totally Awsome! And available at Best buy stores only , Very Limited Supplies."on by texaslonghorns
Pros Color screen, Rechargable battery, charging base included, internet set-up same price as the 688. 880 is 100% better.
Cons I have only had it 1 day and have found none so far,
Summary I purchased the Harmony 688 a couple of days before buying this one and returned it as soon as I found out the 880 was available sooner than expected. The 880 is FAR better than the 688. The 880 has the color LCD screen, rechargable battery and charging base included for 249.99 (same price as the 688). The only problem is trying to find the 880 anywhere. I found out that BEST BUY sent a few to most of it's store's in every state is what I was told. I called up this morning here in Albuquerque and they had 1 in stock and I hauled A** down there to pick it up. They are suppose to be available at most store's by the middle of June. But Best Buy does have them in limited supply (not available online.Store only). it control's my electronics way better than the 688 did. Best remote I have ever purchased. and it is so easy to set up. it is light,fits in your hand perfect. you have to buy it and try it out yourself to see what I am talking about.
Pros Universal Remote that grows with your system
Cons Confound Web Setup
Summary I consider myself above average in my knowledge of hot syncing to web sites. I've owned several different types of Palm units. This by far has been the most frustrating to set up. I have yet to set up my remote all the way through without having the website timeout on me. Which questions why we must sync to the website, why not have a software application that updates? Secondly, the menu options keep changing. One minute you're selecting model numbers from a list, the next time you're manually entering the numbers in a box...and when you do, it doesn't recognize them because of your syntax. Then you select your TV and suddenly all the inputs are no longer showing. What's the dealio here? The biggest problem is the flow of the setup. They try to make it so darn user friendly that it becomes a chore to navigate back and forth to setup the remote. It's a good thing you only have to do this once. I give it a "3" because of the web user interface alone.
"Luvin in!!"on by PRUVEIT
Pros This remote actually makes since, groupings, editing abilities, etc. It speaks to the geek in me!
Cons I got the blue screen of death twice while attempting to update my remote the first time. Ensure you download the new version of the software 4.4., not on harmony site. Since then narry a problem.
Summary I had been looking at this remote on line for months, and was fortunate enough to find one- bought for a great deal on ebay. I think a little below the Best Buy price...
Anyway, I visited all of the prerequisite forums to read up on the remote before it arrived and was happy I did. You should check out http://www.remotecentral.com for great user info and updated issues/software/advice. You can also download the installer software version 4.4 from one of the forum links.
Also, I recommend you visit http://squareworld.com/harmony/ to obtain icons and backgrounds for the remote, will save you time and have you up and running in no time.
Ok, now I need to go out and buy something else new...
Pros Outstanding flexibility, intuitive setup, most usable universal I've seen yet
Cons Battery life, bad cradle/charger
Summary First off, I love the remote. Here's what I'm running with it:
Motorola DVR Cable Box through Adelphia
Onkyo TXDS 989 receiver
Onkyo DXC703 DVD carousel
Home made Home Theater PC
An old JVC VCR (not sure why I bothered to hook it up, I haven't used it yet)
It's also programmed with activities for my bedroom, with a:
JVC 27" TV
HK AVR 335
Toshiba DVD player
Motorola standard cable box (non DVR)
Once it was set up, it's nearly flawless. I had to manually program a couple of buttons, but that's to be expected. It had over 98% of the commands I needed for all of those components. I put in a generic DVD players codes to work the HTPC, then had to do a bit of programming on the PC itself to get it to do what I wanted with this remote, that took awhile. It would be nice if there was a default Girder code set, but there's not.
Other things I like about it, it has a help button on it. The remote trys to keep track of what components are on, and what settings they are set at. If you manually turned the TV off last time, the next time you hit "watch tv," it may not turn the TV off. Just hit the "Help" button, and it will resend all of the commands, and ask you some questions to make sure it's set up right. Very easy to use. Their Activities approach is much more intuitive and user friendly than any macro feature I've encountered on other remotes. The remote has a tilt sensor in it that makes it light up when you pick it up. No guessing in the dark to hit the backlight buttom. I've owned several other universals, including the programmable touch screens like the Pronto, and many other remotes in between. This is by far, the best thought-out remote I've come across.
The only bad thing I can say about this remote has to do with the battery and charger. The contact terminals on the back of my remote are now corroded, and I can't get the remote to charge anymore. By looking at Logitechs user forums on their website, it looks like there was a batch of 880s with bad cradles, and has supposedly been fixed. I'm trying to get a new one right now. Had it not been for this flaw, I would have given it a 10. This is a serious flaw though, as the color LCD screen can chew up the internal rechargeable battery within a couple of days, easily. The only other complaint I can come up with is sometimes the remote is a little slow to react to pressing keys. For example, if I'm flipping through channels, I might hit the up button 3-4 times before the channel changes up. The remote will continue to send 3-4 "up" commands. If you're flipping through alot of channels, and you stop flipping when you get to your channel, it'll keep going right past it for awhile until it's sent the backlog of commands. I would consider this more of an occasional minor nuisance than an actual problem or design flaw though.
If it's true they've fixed the charging base, then I would highly, highly recommend this remote. I would have given it a 10 otherwise, as the remote could not reasonably be significantly improved. If they haven't fixed the cradle, then you buy at your own risk.Updated
I got my second 880, best buy was kind enough to allow an exchange even though I was well outside of the return period. This one also has a problem charging. It will NOT charge no matter how you set it down on the charger unless you apply additional pressure. I got a tip off of their forums. Fold up a little piece of paper, and put it on the cradle so it elevates the bottom of the remote, and that will help put more pressure on the top to make a better connection with the contacts on the cradle.
I'm disappointed that they incorporated such a poor charging dock design with such an outstanding remote. Since this seems to be a problem that cordless phones have never encountered (in my experience), it makes me wonder why they can't get this right. But, it appears to be a flaw that can be worked around.Updated
I had emailed Logitech's customer service. They sent me a new charging cradle free of charge, I didn't have to pay shipping or send the old one back even. The new cradle thus far seems to fix all of the problems the old one had. I would no update my rating to about a 9 out of 10. Only the short battery life (if you don't put it back on the charger every night) is the only draw back, but it's an extremely minor drawback at that.