"Fantastic Universal Remote"5.0 starson by MLaGuerra
Pros: Small. Handy. Rechargeable. User-friendly.
Cons: I wish the screen were larger but that's negliable
Summary: I'm really surprised by some of the negative feedback I've been reading on this site. Because of them I've decided to actually write a review, my first.
We installed a $30,000.00 audio/video system into our 1 bedroom apt in NYC. We have 3 zones and 7 remotes in each zone. I was told by almost everyone that we had to further invest in a $1,000.00 remote, Philips Pronto, "The greatest remote ever" everyone said? So we did and then realized I needed to persue my 4th degree. One majoring in the Philip Pronto Remote @ Pronto University. It was for no credit and only offered a Pass/Fail grade. I'm only half joking!!
It is no lie that it took me 3 weeks of coming home after work and working on it during the weekends to get it programmed and even then it didn't have all the features of specific remotes installed. I could never not use the TimeWarner cable remote for one thing or another. But it did knock 5 other remotes off the coffee table so I accepted the situation but never really loved it.
Then along comes the Harmony 880. I watched the video on cnet, read the review and ordered it. Figuring that I'd return it if I'm not satisfied. Well that's an understatment. I am dazzled!!!! I took it out of it's box & was very pleased with it's peanut shape and sleek look. It reminded me of my TiVo's remote. I'm very fond of TiVo.
I immediately read through the quick guide and loaded the included CD and started the process of configuring the Harmony 880. It asked what "exact" devices (brand/model #) I had and how I use them and how they interact with each other. 25 minutes later I was done and it directed me to test the unit. I followed the tutorial on the remote itself and voila it worked!!! The plasma, receiver, cable box & dvr ALL CAME ON WITHOUT A HITCH!! I was amazed, so much so, I did it a couple of time, turning certain things on and off individually, just to test it. And it still worked... perfectly.
I then took a leap of faith and programmed the extras. The A/C, room lighting, the automatic curtains/blinds and voila it happened again. I pressed the DVD icon and the TV, Receiver, DVD player came on then the curtain/blinds shut & the lights dimmed & the movie started. A tear came to my eye!!I composed myself, jumped up, yelled some profanity and programmed anything else that had a remote.
4 weeks have passed since that day and I've only tweaked the Harmony 880 for the better. I've downloaded channel icons & music icons for the FAV button, changed wallpapers, and personalized some buttons for TiVo use.
So what happpended to the $1,000 paperweight? After I tossed it literally in a draw. I realized I could sell it on ebay and recoupe some of my $$$$. Fortunately it there was a bidding war in the end (gotta love those last minute bidders)and it sold for enough $$$ I could get 2 more Harmony 880's and I did!
I just ordered them for the other zones and am looking forward to getting them soon & clearing off my nightstand & the kitchen counter!
I can not recommend the Harmony 880 high enough!! I'm saddened by all those who can not appreciate it's charms! but I learned a long time ago some people will never be pleased.