Logitech Harmony Remote Control

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  • Amajiro 12 Jan 2005 15:17:45 2,214 posts
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    I've just had one of these babies sent to me, and after a bit of trial and error, I have it working with every function of every bit of my kit (including all of the functions of Sky+). It's great.

    With one button press, I can turn on my Sky+, TV and surround amp, and then go on to control any one of them completely intuitively and without having to switch between devices. The whole thing is set up online via usb, and it downloads the config to flash memory on the remote.

    On the downside, it's pricey, there aren't any colour buttons (although you can configure other buttons to do the same thing), and there is a slight delay when a button is pressed.

    Basically, I've instantly managed to eliminate four remotes and replace them with one. It's a top bit of kit, and I heartily recommend it to everyone.

    7th Edit: I give up. It's not my fault. Can the forum not parse URLs over a certain length?

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/products/detailsharmony/GB/EN,CRID=2084,CONTENTID=8747

    Edited by Amajiro at 15:27:19 12-01-2005

    Edited by Amajiro at 15:28:03 12-01-2005
  • Blerk Moderator 12 Jan 2005 15:19:29 48,225 posts
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    /looks

    Still can't see a link! :-)
  • Blerk Moderator 12 Jan 2005 15:22:20 48,225 posts
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    I'm having a bit of a 'remote control crisis' myself at the minute. I now have FIVE remote controls for various bits of kit and would like to replace them with just one for the whole lot.

    However, I'm having real difficulties finding one which does more than just the 'basic' functions of the remote at a realistic price. If I have to revert back to my original remotes for even one function then there's really no point.

    I really don't want to pay more than 30 for a bloody remote control. Anyone got a recommendation?
  • ssuellid 12 Jan 2005 15:27:22 19,141 posts
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    Try this one Amajiro: -

    link

    edit too slow.

    I have one of these. One day I'll get around to programming it to do everything it was purchased for: -

    Philips Pronto

    Edited by ssuellid at 15:29:31 12-01-2005
  • pjmaybe 12 Jan 2005 15:27:43 70,676 posts
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    My Sony DVD remote can control the telly, DVD player, camcorder and stereo which cuts down on 4 remotes straight away. It's a pity a few more manufacturers don't even bother to try making their stuff compatible with each other innit.

    Peej
  • Blerk Moderator 12 Jan 2005 15:34:04 48,225 posts
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    Yeeeeikes! How bloody much, ssuellid? O_O
  • ssuellid 12 Jan 2005 15:39:43 19,141 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    Yeeeeikes! How bloody much, ssuellid? O_O

    Too much for something I have not figured out how to program yet. I only read the manual up to the point where you put the batteries in and decided to 'wing it' - slight mistake.

    But is was a little gift to myself for not smoking for 9 months/birthday pressie.
  • Mike_Hunt 12 Jan 2005 15:44:49 23,512 posts
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    Rhythm - I take it I can just press a button on the remote to change modes depending on what I'm doing.

    So buttons would be different when playing a DVD, watching TV, listening to a CD, using TIVO etc?

    [MH]
  • Blerk Moderator 12 Jan 2005 15:48:16 48,225 posts
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    How sturdy is that remote, rhythm?

    /imagines Little Blerk flinging it around the room
  • kalel 12 Jan 2005 15:55:57 86,409 posts
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    rhythm wrote:
    Blerk wrote:
    I really don't want to pay more than 30 for a bloody remote control. Anyone got a recommendation?

    Blerk - push the boat out and grab this. For the money it really is superb, and the fact that only buttons relating to the device you've selected show up makes it truly spouse/family friendly

    /orders

    /curses EG
  • Blerk Moderator 12 Jan 2005 15:59:12 48,225 posts
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    Reasonably, but I wouldn't really say it's kid-proof. How well trained with tech is your little 'un?

    Everything is a telephone at the minute. Or a projectile weapon.
  • Blerk Moderator 12 Jan 2005 16:07:42 48,225 posts
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    If we discount the tiddler and presume I'm going to keep it away from him, would you reckon it would withstand an occasional drop on the floor? From the arm of the chair, for instance? The missus is a bit cack-handed with the remotes. :-)
  • Mike_Hunt 12 Jan 2005 16:16:09 23,512 posts
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    Blerk wrote:
    Reasonably, but I wouldn't really say it's kid-proof. How well trained with tech is your little 'un?

    Everything is a telephone at the minute. Or a projectile weapon.
    LOL!

    [MH]
  • Blerk Moderator 12 Jan 2005 16:36:24 48,225 posts
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    Okay, I'm almost sold on this model now. Just need to see what the missus thinks - no good if she doesn't like the look of it as well.

    Does it come with batteries, by the way? Or do I have to order them separately?
  • oneiros 12 Jan 2005 16:41:41 1,877 posts
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    Anyone tried this one?
  • tannerd 12 Jan 2005 17:17:57 2,691 posts
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    I've got the 8-in-1 (import from the US) and it's quite cool. With the right cable you can connect it to the PC and completely reprogram it.

    Unfortunately I got about halfway through and was distracted by something shiny.
  • BravoGolf Moderator 14 Jan 2007 22:47:13 12,740 posts
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    Post deleted at 22:48:06 14-01-2007
  • BravoGolf Moderator 14 Jan 2007 22:47:33 12,740 posts
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    Just ordered this Harmony 885 remote \o/

    Was sold by the fact that one button press can switch on the Projector, select the relevant input and adjust the amplifier before powering off the TV!

    Besides, have 5 different remotes at the mo (NTL, amlifier, DVD player, projector and TV) so can now hide all them. Feel a little guilty buying it, will have to convince the missus of its worthiness when it arrives!

  • Razz 14 Jan 2007 23:15:57 60,772 posts
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    They go for 70 on ebay mate.

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  • silentbob 14 Jan 2007 23:19:00 28,950 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    They go for 70 on ebay mate.
    On the plus sude he actually gets a fully functional unit one not made of eggboxes and parcel tape.

    Edited by silentbob at 23:19:23 14-01-2007

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  • Razz 14 Jan 2007 23:20:35 60,772 posts
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    silentbob wrote:
    Razz wrote:
    They go for 70 on ebay mate.
    On the plus sude he actually gets a fully functional unit one not made of eggboxes and parcel tape.

    Edited by silentbob at 23:19:23 14-01-2007
    Not a fan then? I've had plenty a good experience on eBay. Just sen a brand new one for 80 quid too...

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  • silentbob 14 Jan 2007 23:21:56 28,950 posts
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    Yer. Just old fashioned I guess.

    That is aroudn 80 in EUR though isn't it? Can't be arsed to check.

    Edited by silentbob at 23:22:25 14-01-2007

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  • Razz 14 Jan 2007 23:24:16 60,772 posts
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    Doh! I thought it was a pound sign! :S

    Crumbs! Forget what I said about eBay. It sucks.

    152.50 Euros = 100.960069 British pounds

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  • funkstar 14 Jan 2007 23:59:31 1,194 posts
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    got a harmony 895 for xmas...
    the wireless rf extender thing is really useful for me, my audio decoder doesnt like it if the remote aint pointed straight at it so the RF extender is a godsend, dont need to worry about it...

    also, it dims the lights for me too if i want, woop!

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  • BravoGolf Moderator 15 Jan 2007 09:00:51 12,740 posts
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    Razz wrote:
    Doh! I thought it was a pound sign! :S

    Crumbs! Forget what I said about eBay. It sucks.

    152.50 Euros = 100.960069 British pounds

    :) Most of the Ebay Shops were considerably dearer than Pixmania but thanks anyway!

  • steellam 14 Jan 2008 08:37:09 1,045 posts
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    I can look for you tonight.
  • steellam 14 Jan 2008 08:38:57 1,045 posts
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    Iv got my eye on this to replace my 895 -

    http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/remotes/universal_remotes/devices/3898&cl=gb,en

    Ona side note I'v had my remote around 18 months and it has stopped charging unless you put a weight on top of it on the charger base, after a quick google search it seems this is a inherant problem with my 100 remote :S
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