Pros Nice looking design. Its Black.
Cons Poor functionality. Setup what a joke trying to go cycle through my devices. Locked up and stopped working. Removed the battery to reset it and then 10 min. later did it again. It finally lost all function and stopped resetting.
Summary Its junk. If your looking for a good device for cheap buy the logitech harmony 300.
Pros Macros possible, cool logos for favourites
Cons a little bulky
Summary A universal remote, simple and easy to program, great for starter and affordable.
"Macros are possible"on by larssc
Pros Easy Setup
Cons Not huge database of codes (I assume)
Summary I was able to do the same functions as my Harmony 520, such as watch Dvd using macro side keys. Turn on devices, switch inputs for both receiver and tv, etc. Discrete codes (power) I learned from other remotes.
Pros Large buttons, Bright and colorful display, easy to use
Cons can be quirky the first few times when using macros, no battery meter
Summary This is the greatest universal remote i've seen out there. Some of the members in my household have trouble seeing and are not tech saavy at all. This remote, with it's huge number pad and bright display make watching tv and using 8 different devices very easy. Only trouble i had with it was when i programmed the macro function to turn on and off the tv, cable and tuner at the same time. The first few times i used the macro , it did not work well. After a few times and just tapping the power button, it worked flawlessly.
Pros Cool logos for favorites
Cons everything else
Summary It's big and heavy(not good) and "easy" to set up if all you need is it to turn on your equipment and maybe, maybe do the basics like turn the channels but even that takes some work to make sure the right device is selected. The learning mode froze everytime I tried to teach anything like turn off my receiver. Remember I said it turns things on not off. Macros's beats me because you can't set those until it learns something and that froze every time.
Sorry CNET you are way off on this one. Spend the extra $30 on the Harmony 550 that I just bought and had operating in 20 minutes including my window air conditioner! Skip this one.