Pros + Nice Design - very stylish and sleek
+ Touch screen to select activities, devices, favorites
+ Ability to program favorites into the remote
+ Will turn on when you touch it
+ Software is again amazingly easy to use
+ Gigantic device library
Cons - Initial Setup - setup was a little cumbersome with needing your PC to program the remote.
- No RF support!
Summary This remote will change the setup of your home entertainment experience into something enjoyable. First, let me tell you what I used to have to do to get a DVD on. First, I would turn on the TV and select input 7, then turn on the DVD player, then turn on my AIWA receiver that the speakers are hooked up to. Then I would turn the AIWA dial to Video 2 (since I long ago lost the remote), then finally start the movie. Now, I just need to select "watch a DVD" and all of the above is done instantly. It's really quite amazing! The remote can be programmed for the same devices in multiple rooms as well to control TV's, DVD players, game systems, stereos, mini systems, boom boxes, cable boxes, home climate, and more.
After you install the remote software on your computer, you have to gather all of your model #'s, then attach the remote to your computer via USB. After entering your model #'s the software guides you by asking questions regarding your setup. After all questions are answered the remote is updated to work on your system. Should there arise a problem, the remote has an onscreen guide that will ask you questions in order to fix the problem. My initial problem was that the remote was turning on AUX 2, not video 2, so it actually fixed itself after using the onscreen help guide.
This remote has a rechargeable lithium ion battery, and has over 250,000 different devices available at the web site for programming. In the rare event that your device is not listed, this remote can also "learn" functions if you have the old remote.
One feature I'm disappointed in is that the remote is not pageable. It would have been a nice feature to add that, especially in a house with little kids that like to hide cool remotes.
The customer service department was helpful with the one setup issue I had. Of course, it was user error, but I didn't know how to set it up for 2 CD players in 2 rooms, so they walked me through the problem and I had the issue resolved in under 5 minutes.
I highly recommend this remote for audiophiles and videophiles. I cannot imagine going back to 10 remotes.
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"Not too shabby..."on by rich615
Pros Easy to use touchscreen, programming software, completely customizable soft buttons, Onscreen help via Remote Assistant
Cons Gloss finish shows fingerprints (ALOT), menu layouts for the devices a little confusing at first
Summary This is my first true Universal Remote, and I must say that I am impressed so far.
Initial programming was a very straightforward process for me. The software asks simple questions not only about your gear, but also how they interact with one another for each specific activity. The only caveat is you MUST know how your gear is connected, i.e. the dvd player is connected to the dvd input or component 1 input.
Initial programming and testing took me about an hour and a half, only because the remote was having trouble switching source inputs on my tv and couldn't figure out how to turn on power to the XBox. A troubleshooting section in the software was able to remedy both issues though.
All the labels are customizable, which helps when you have multiple devices that play video (DVD, XBox, PS3, AppleTV). (The PS3 does not have an IR sensor, so Harmony Remotes are useless for PS3 function. I do have complete control of my AppleTV, however.)
The Activities are completely under your control as well. You can create whatever activity you want by answering a few simple questions about your devices and the software makes all the changes.
The touchscreen function is phenomenal! All of your activities are located on the screen and with the touch of soft button, you can powerdown your dvd player, turn the satellite box on, change the input on the tv and receiver and your golden. The most common functions for the current activity are located on physical buttons beneath the touchscreen, so there is very little hand sliding up and down the remote looking for the volume and channel buttons. The button layout is also a plus.
One of the best features is the onscreen Remote Assistant. If watching a dvd causes you to perform multiple functions and the tv doesn't change to the proper input, pressing the Help key does exactly that, it helps. The remote asks you simple questions, Is the tv on?, Is the DVD player on?, and so on until it finds a device not set properly based on your input. It will then resend that command to the device until the setting is correct. This is extremely beneficial when your tech terrified girlfriend calls you at work because she can't get General Hospital on tv, or she can see it but can't hear it.
I've been using the remote for a couple of days and I am very pleased so far. The girlfriend likes it as well, which makes life easier all the way around for me.
Now the bad: The glossy finish shows fingerprints and smudges way to easily. It comes with a micro fiber cloth to wipe it down, but I have found myself wiping it alot.
Touchscreen is way too sensitive out of the box. A very light brush across the screen was activating several functions. Fortunately though, there is a sensitivity setting that you can manipulate (Once you find it, that is).
I have also noticed that my girlfriend had to use two hands at times. She has small hands and was holding it near the touchscreen while entering channel numbers which are near the bottom. She has also had to use two hands when using the touchscreen. It's not a deal breaker, but maybe something to consider for some buyers.
Pros Black finish, ergonomics, touch screen, programming and favorite features, easy to use once you finish programming.
Cons Finger prints on shiny areas, programming the remote could be frustuating for a first time user. Battery life seems short. NO RF.
Summary I was seriously considering the 890 but I didn't like the feel of it on my hands. It feels like I have to put a death grip on it so that it won't slip from my hands. I looked at the Harmony 1000 but read too many negative reviews on it so I passed. That's when I found out about the Harmony One. Bought the Harmony One from a popular auction site at a killer price.
This is my first Logitech Harmony All in One remote and it took me a long time (almost an hour) to program the settings right. At first my TV was not powering on when I pressed on "Watch TV". I was very frustuated but realized I was doing something wrong. After I corrected the problem I can now put away my old remotes and use the Harmony One for now on. This thing works great!!!
I like the color of the Harmony One but due to it's shiny finish and touch screen it will leave fingerprints. Logitech does include a wipe cloth though in the package.
The feel of the remote feels just right and isn't heavy or bulky. No death grip and pressing the buttons feels a lot better and precise than the 890.
Touch screen is very responsive and is one of my favorite features.
I highly recommend the Harmony One but if you need a remote that has RF then don't get this one. I heard Logitech is making a Harmony One with RF.
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"Best so far!"on by Jeeonathan
Pros Very sleek, wonderfully responsive touch-pad. Great range, and it seems to work faster then previous Harmonies that I've owned.
Cons No bluetooth! The buttons to a Sony PS3 (which I use as both a regular DVD player and Blu-Ray player) show up on my touch screen, but the remote does not have the technology needed to actually run it
Summary Huge improvement over the 880, and much better range than the 1000--I just wish that they wouldn't taunt me with PS3 buttons when I can't actually control it!
Pros Easily Identifiable buttons, Nice touch screen, Easy programming via USB, Works every IR remote in the home
Cons A little pricey; however, its the only one I have found that did it all
Summary I purchased this remote online last night for instore pickup today. I could hardly sleep, thinking I had just spent $250 for another friggin remote. Worth every penny! My previous attempts at learning remotes had always left me with at least one device that never really worked right; even after much effort in teaching the remote all I could. Once I logged in and installed the software for the Logitech Harmony One, I simply starting populating the remote with my device models. This included 2 tvs, 1 soundbar, 1 dvdr, 1 digital cable box, 1 hd cable box w/ dvr, a tv tuner set top box, a vga monitor, and a Bose wave radio. They all work as expected and with the same buttons they did before. Setting the activities is a breeze, and they can be adjusted and renamed via the software. I like the PC interface vs. programming codes from a book, that always seems to get misplaced before you next gadget purchase. The only downside I could forsee is the lack of RF; so I am curious how it will work with other home automation toys, like lights. Its a pricey little remote, but works as advertised and its rechargeable. In my case, thats a saving of least 10 AA or AAA batteries a month. Feels like a normal remote, and looks cool too.