Pros IR PLUS Bluetooth!
Cons None for me.
Pros This is the future, in my opinion. See review below.
Cons Don't buy for the included remote.
Summary After years of spending hundreds of dollars on remotes this is - bar none - the best remote I have ever owned (and I'm not talking about the remote included, but rather the set up using the free iPhone app). I really think cnet missed the boat on their review, which is very unusual. This set up is created for use with your smart phone primarily, with the remote second. The packaging and marketing by Logitech/harmony for this set up is to use with a smartphone, yet cnet review focuses on the included remote features while touching on the logistical problems they ran into with the smartphone and app. My personal experience with the set up and use of my iPhone with their app:
1) set up: easy, straightforward. Took under 30 min to set up 7 devices. Throughout the process it gave Internet feedback real time on my devices while testing their function. It is sooooo much less frustrating to set up than a standard remote. If you start with the app,set up is an absolute breeze.
2) function: I cannot believe how well this works....single button function allows multiple devices to start simultaneously depending on desired activity (cable, DVD, dvr, music, Apple TV, Netflix, streaming). You can also choose individual devices and arrange if you want (the app includes each device function keys in a format that makes sense, even with my small local cable supplier). The screen functionality on my iPhone FAR exceeds that of the highest end remotes. Start up is near instant, there is NO sign-in (as review states), and compared with a standards remote I can do things faster and more intuitively.
3) conclusion: the review on this product somehow missed the point of this set-up. I will never go back to using a remote when my smartphone can outperform 10x. This is the future at a fraction of the cost with insanely better functionality - ill bet we are all using something along these lines within 5 years....
"It's great."on by derekhardison
Pros This remote is great. I love the price; it's a great deal in my opinion. I love that I don't have to plug it into my computer except once to connect it to a wireless network.
Cons Phone application could be better.. I don't have any real suggestions so it seems silly for me to be too critical of it! I like having it anyways.
Summary After the initial setup, tweaking the settings just requires using the smart phone app to ask the base station to sync with the harmony server.
It works great with the Playstation 3 out of the box. I use it to watch Hulu/Netflix/Amazon instant video. Works great with my TV as well. Like the review says, the phone app isn't the best, but it's fun and a nice backup. Also, if I'm real lazy and the remote isn't near me I usually have my phone in my pocket ;-). The remote itself is really comfortable to hold.
I think they did a fine job with this product. I'd recommend it if you're looking for a new remote and don't want to spend a ton of money. Much better than the Walmart universal remote I had before (someone broke into my home a while back and stole a TV and every remote in my home.... left my other TV though).
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