Logitech Harmony Remotes Suck
Are there any better options?
The setup is terrible. AND you have to connect to their server just to do it?
WTF is up with that?
I use one and the set up is a pain in the ass. The good news is you only have to do it once. Even when you replace the batteries.
I've had this for years and never had a problem
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PM me for more details on my experience
Last edited by Dump Button; 11-30-2012 at 09:46 PM.
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Not that I am aware of. You have my sympathy.
FWIW i have a Harmony 700. You can only program 6 devices (there is ZERO reason for this other than them wanting you to buy a more expensive remote from them).
I have a
external HDMI switch (so i can listen to music and play video games/watch sports)
and a Wii that i have to manually switch to.
Total fucking bullshit. Ive had it a 18 months.
Did i mention it doesnt charge the rechargeable batteries that came with it?
I dont have my XBox or WiiU hooked to it.I have the the basic one too.
im pretty sure there is a lower model than the 700, i wanna say a 650.
the 'black' on the buttons is wearing off too. And its not even from usage. i never push the record button, and its edges are wearing off.
This thread is worthless without interesting content.
the 700 has a screen, but its not a touch screen.
Im pretty sure the next highest model has a 'docking cradle' that all the reviews said was shit (for one, the remote could not be used while docked, and i believe the batteries were not replaceable).
I also want to say the '650' could only control 5 devices.
This one has a usb micro (i think its micro, its the standard smart phone usb).
I own two, a 550 and an 1100. Yes, they take a while to set-up, if you are looking for old school fast set-up the Harmony remotes are not for you. In complex systems they are the cheapest option to have full and proper control. I'm not big fan of the ergo's on the 550, but it works like a champ and shows very little wear after years of use. The 1100 I have no complaints about, and is generally a joy to use.
I've got a Harmony One and it works fine. My wife and kids require it. It has pretty pictures that say "Watch TV" or "Play Video Game" or "Watch DVD" that they can touch on the screen. Otherwise they would never be able to figure out which input the tv needs to be on and what channel the receiver needs to be on. Now they can press a button and let Harmony do the work.
I just buy cheap as fuck universal remotes with a learn function.
Its really all you need.
I have the Harmony 650. It's ok, but I wouldn't buy another one. At least a couple times a week, it goes through the initial startup where it asks you to hit the right arrow three times, hit the center button, hit watch tv, etc... I never had to reprogram it though. Just fucking annoying. And yes, the batteries are fresh.
When I was 12, my best friend had cable and one of these in three different rooms of the house. I thought he was filthy rich. At my house we got 7 channels over the rabbit ears.
Originally Posted by Dump Button
Use your smartphone and a bluetooht IR box. Belking have good ones.
I have several Harmony devices and find them to work quite well. If your set up is simple then they are generally not worth the investment in time to learn how to get set up. However if you have more than one home theater arrangement or you upgrade or add to your system, then their solution can be a time saver. Another advantages is when your spouse or kids break or lose the remote, you can quickly be back up to speed with a quick download. All in all, despite some shortcomings, i have found them be a great solution in our ome.