The Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote
Tops in Universal Remotes
By the time you’ve added a Blu-Ray or HD DVD player to your home theater system, you know it’s time to do something about that remote problem. You know the problem of trying to figure out which one to pick up because you have six in front of you.
If you’ve decided that a universal remote control is on your must have list, you’ve got some decisions to make. Universal Remotes have come a long way and you have to determine exactly how much technology and cost you want to invest. Standard Universal Remotes that come with most receivers have enough controls for four to six devices, but, in most cases, do not have the ability to set macros and pre-sets. Moreover, Standard Universal Remotes almost always require a codebook.
But don’t take our advice; just listen to Dirty Harry Callahan:
"You’re looking at the Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote. Now, I know what you’re thinking. Does it control six units or only five? Well, to tell you the truth, with all the functions mapped on the keypad of this remote, I’ve kinda’ lost track myself. But being as this is the Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote, the most powerful remote in the world, there is enough computing power to turn all your electronic devices clean off. You’ve got to ask yourself one question. Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya punk?"
If you’re curious about how powerful a Universal Remote control can be, look no further than Logitech’s latest release. This attractive handset, with a color LCD display, brings user friendliness to the unrivalled level of options and features for a Universal Remote. Sure it has the ability to program single button macros just like any other full featured advanced Universal Remote. The Harmony 880 uses a system of activity keys that are mapped to perform complex operations on your system. But have you ever tried to sit down and program one of these super remotes? Anyone who has knows what a tedious experience this can be. The Logitech Harmony 880's strength is its usability.
Simply connect the Logitech Harmony to your PC with an internet connection using the provided USB cable and the Harmony website practically programs the control for you. With the required drivers installed on your PC, you connect to the Harmony website and answer a series of questions about your system. Even the most complex system is configured easily online. There is no more messing around with manufacturer codes and repetitive buttons. Additionally, if you purchase a new piece of equipment that has been introduced to the market, chances are Logitech will get drivers for it quickly and will be able to up date your remote.
Another slick feature of this remote is the cradle. This is the charger for the Logitech Harmony’s built-in lith-io batteries. It is also a handy way to keep track of the remote. The handset runs so efficiently that a single charge should keep the remote going for weeks. However, built-in batteries are mixed blessings. On one hand, you don’t have to worry about new batteries every few weeks, but, on the other hand, if and when the batteries finally wear out or oxidize you’ll be shipping your remote off for servicing. It is important to note that a single charge can take years to run out.
The Harmony 880 is quite possibly the most user friendly and most powerful remote available on the market. However, owning this luxury item will cost you approximately $250 dollars, more than some people spend on a whole HTIB system.