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Logitech Harmony 700 Remote Review  Print E-mail
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Written by Mike Flacy   
Thursday, 10 February 2011
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Logitech Harmony 700 Remote Review 
Testing and Conclusion

Testing:

After charging the batteries up overnight, I took the remote for a spin.  One immediate problem that I noticed is that anyone with a home theater projector is going to be at odds with the line-of-sight IR design.  The sensor for my HD projector is on the front of the unit and on a coffee table in front of me, thus it’s difficult to turn everything on at once.  The problem would also exist with rear mounted projectors and you may have to consider Logitech’s IR extender to reach everything.  I was able to get functions like Watch TV working, but had to get up off the couch to angle it correctly.  This type of remote is really better suited for rooms with all the devices in one place and in plain view of the remote.


What I really loved about the 700 (and most all Harmony remotes) was its innate ability to know which buttons functions I wanted to use without having to switch devices on the remote.  For instance, it knew to have the cable box functions ready to go just seconds after pushing the Watch TV button.  It’s also very simple to switch between devices when needed.  The screen seemed a big washed out though, unless you are looking directly at it, not ideal for the laziest of couch potatoes.  I’ve been testing the remote for a few weeks now with fairly constant daily use and I havn’t had to charge the batteries again yet.  I also had no problem teaching others how to use it within a few minutes and we never had a need to backtrack to the previous remotes.

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Pros:
  • Excellent feel / weight in your hand.
  • Simple to program and intuitive when in use.
  • Battery life is excellent.
  • Despite the $150 MSRP, it can be found for less then $100 online frequently.
Cons:
  • Not ideal for home theater projector owners or those with hidden home theater components.
Conclusion:

The Harmony 700 home theater remote control is best suited for smaller home theaters or the family room.  Controlling, for instance, a television, cable box, Xbox 360, Blu-ray player, A/V receiver and CD changer is simple and an ideal match for the Harmony 700.  If you have a wider variety of devices, you are better suited checking out the Harmony One or the 1100.  But you can’t beat the sub-$100 price point of the Harmony 700, especially for the functionality and simplicity of use. 





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