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Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote Control Print E-mail
Wednesday, 01 March 2006
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Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote Control
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The Downside
I would’ve loved to have seen a true touch screen LCD display on the Harmony 880. However, its absence is no doubt the reason why this remote is so affordable. The small buttons on either side of the screen are sometimes a bit difficult to see and/or use, given their petite size.

Also, on several occasions I was unable to keep certain devices on, such as my Hi-Def cable receiver, when pressing the master “Off” button. This would result in my cable receiver having to re-boot every time I turned my system on and off. This happened only on occasion and was always fixable, but it would spark some colorful language from yours truly.

I found the remote was a little slow to communicate with my system when I really wanted to make changes fast or chapter-skip ahead. I would press the chapter skip three or four times before image would skip ahead. Often, this would cause me to go too far in one direction and force me to backtrack to compensate. Once I got a feel for the remote’s speed, I was able to correct for this mistake.

Lastly, the remote’s docking station had to remain in a spot that was less than favorable for me due to it needing an AC outlet nearby. Happily, the 880 will hold a charge for several days, which meant I only had to make sure I “docked” the remote at night before I went to bed.

The Harmony 880 Universal Remote is everything a true “universal” remote should be. It has stunning good looks, a wonderfully comfortable shape, an easy to use interface and functionality to spare, all for a pretty reasonable price. While the Harmony 880 is not a true home automation remote like those from Crestron or AMX, it does give you a little taste of some of the bigger toys without having to pawn the wedding ring. Where the Harmony 880 truly excels is in its ability to adjust to the user’s specific knowledge level, allowing you to learn and understand the ins and outs of the automation process without having to consult a professional every time you want to play a DVD.

I’m the last guy in the world to sing a remote’s praises. The Harmony isn’t without its subtle faults, but the 880 is my new remote of choice. In fact, this past holiday season I made the Harmony 880 my friends and family’s remote of choice, too. Now, I just have to get a few more for myself. Without question, the Harmony 880 universal remote is one of the best products of the year.

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