Logitech Harmony 628 (blue)
Manufacturer: Logitech Part number: 966183-0403
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- Average user rating: 3.5 stars out of 7 reviews
- The Harmony Remote is the world's only remote with Smart State Technology Activity Control. Just press an Activity button such as "Watch TV" or "Watch a Movie", and the Harmony Remote will automatically set-up your entertainment system in seconds without you ever having to program a 'macro'. The Harmony Remote provides simple, intuitive control of even the most elaborate ... Read more
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After making through the setup seem to work nicely
by rizzor on September 23, 2005
Pros: Configuring throught the web interface nice, worth the money
Cons: Web interface a little tricky sometimes after the initial setup to change
Summary: The idea of configuring the remote from the Web Site is nice. I was a little taken back when most of my devices work from the first setup. The Help ...
Summary: The idea of configuring the remote from the Web Site is nice. I was a little taken back when most of my devices work from the first setup. The Help button actually help me I almost feel off my chair. I replaced my (4) remotes with this cheaper remote. I test drove the setup at logitech prior to purchasing to make sure all of my components where there which they were. At first like anything it was a little annoying trying to change my first configuration. But I had the remote setup and working in about 1-1/2 hours. I am happy for the price I paid. I like all of logitechs products. I would recommend this remote control.
4 out of 4 users found this user opinion helpful.
Not all it's cracked up to be
by travisrgeorge on March 6, 2012
Cons: Cheap screen/hardware; terrible customer service
Summary: Apparently I pressed the touch screen too hard and it cracked. Think about that: it's a touch screen, and you have to press it softly. That's the dumbest ...
Summary: Apparently I pressed the touch screen too hard and it cracked. Think about that: it's a touch screen, and you have to press it softly. That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. So now I can't read anything on my screen. What kind of shoddy material is this made out of? Ever heard of gorilla glass? Your screen is pathetic. To make matter worse my remote was still covered under warranty but they refused to send me a replacement or refund because they said it was my fault. For touching a touch screen too hard??!! Are you kidding me?! I'll never buy another Logitech product ever again. I did get the last laugh though. I know for a fact I prevented 2 of my friends from buying these remotes after they heard my story. I also posted my story on fb and told everyone I know, including posting terrible reviews on every website I could think of. It would've been cheaper for the company to send a replacement than to continuously lose business because of me. Haha.
Great but becomes unusable in a couple of years due to button design
by evofxdwg on February 19, 2008
Pros: Easy to program - great database of devices
Cons: Activity buttons wear or become dirty and wont work. A little difficult to keep devices in IR field while operating.
Summary: First Logitech and best universal remote i have ever owned........for a couple of years. The middle activity buttons on both left and right of the display steadily became harder ...
Summary: First Logitech and best universal remote i have ever owned........for a couple of years. The middle activity buttons on both left and right of the display steadily became harder to actuate until they are almost unusable now. You have to "scrub" the button hard for several seconds while trying to hold the unit pointing at the devices. This makes the remote pretty useless since i cant or dont know how to bypass usage of these particular buttons. If it wern't for this serious problem, I'd give it a 9 or 10.
I even took it apart and cleaned the contact surfaces with alcohol and a swab. This helped for about 2 weeks but now the problem is worse. Button board design or sensor circuit sensitivity seems to be lacking.
Other minor problems: IR field of view and/or power level a little low. When sitting in a chair i have to hold it level, at or near eye level and point it carefully to operate multiple devices (an activity), making it awkward to push the correct buttons. When operating a single device, i can hold it lower and read the display while operating, but still must be a bit careful to keep it pointed at the device.
Had problems with the software early on but the latest rev seems to be working smoothly.
As with most software, it installs a run time program that sits there and uses CPU time even though you may not need it for months (I disable it until needed).
Terrific Remote for a starter system
by Redjock2006 on November 27, 2006
Pros: works with everything
Cons: no rechargeable battery
Summary: I have had this remote for 6 months now. Got it at Amazon for less than 30 dollars. So look around you can find some great deals. Wanted to get ...
Summary: I have had this remote for 6 months now. Got it at Amazon for less than 30 dollars. So look around you can find some great deals. Wanted to get one of the of the higher models but for the price got this one. Works Great not hard to program yeah takes some time but once you do it you are set for life. Works also with Tivo.
Best electronic toy I've bought in years
by dan596 on October 11, 2006
Pros: Simplicity of one touch operation, easy online setup, backlighting
Cons: one direction function nav, patience for on/off function
Summary: For years I've tried to get my wife to enjoy watching TV with the receiver providing the audio. The remotes proved too confusing. I saw this remote and picked ...
Summary: For years I've tried to get my wife to enjoy watching TV with the receiver providing the audio. The remotes proved too confusing. I saw this remote and picked it up on a whim at a computer show for $50. Now she won't watch TV without the receiver on.
The one touch options are priceless for her. Just select "Play Music", "Watch TV", or "Watch a Movie" and the remote does the rest: turning on/off the required components, making all the correct settings and giving you control of the devices you need. Friends come over and I don't even have to tell them how to use it. They just see the "Watch TV" button and it is a home run from there.
Setup was a little daunting in that it starts you off with the full list of functions for each component and narrowing it down to the ones you really want takes time. However the fact that this is all done in a convenient website setup in a real bonus.
More frustrating is the fact that you can only scroll in one direction to get the function you want shown in the Display. Accidently miss it and you have to scroll all the way through again. Editting this order during setup is even more frustrating given you have to basically start from scratch and build your function list to get the order you want.
The only other feature that takes getting used to is the on/off. When using remote to turn things on or switch between activity you have to be patient and let the remote cycle through instructing all your devices. Accidently orient the remote away from the devices in the middle of its cycle, and steps get missed or devices do not get turned on/off. Try pressing the button again and the remote either ignores you or confuses the components. Once you understand this, it is a small price to pay for the convenience the remote brings.
I believe this version from Logitech is one of the lower models so I can only assume they have improved on this much more.
I can't wait to see how it works in my soon-to-be-finished entertainment room controling remote control lights, projector, and possibly my MCE computer.
Great for the rest of the family that can't figure out my remotes
by deitiphobia on September 23, 2006
Pros: Works with everything
Cons: Still difficult to access some specific features from time to time
Summary: A must have for anyone with a home theater
Summary: A must have for anyone with a home theater
Super simple interface.
by 32nebula on July 24, 2006
Pros: Set-up is a snap. Device works nearly flawlessly.
Cons: You need a PC to program this remote.
Summary: I purchased this remote on sale at an online retailer whose name rhymes with "Blamazon" for under $50. Aside from an issue that I had with my computer not recognizing ...
Summary: I purchased this remote on sale at an online retailer whose name rhymes with "Blamazon" for under $50. Aside from an issue that I had with my computer not recognizing USB device drivers, this remote was very easy to set-up. Once I had my PC issue fixed, programming in my devices took less than 15 minutes. If you're not into macro programming (like some other very expensive remotes require), then this may be the remote for you. You can go back into the set-up on your PC and make any further adjustments that you want to facillitate the use of your remote with your devices. All in all, very cool.
- Manufacturer: Logitech
- Part number: 966183-0403
- Description: The Harmony Remote is the world's only remote with Smart State Technology Activity Control. Just press an Activity button such as "Watch TV" or "Watch a Movie", and the Harmony Remote will automatically set-up your entertainment system in seconds without you ever having to program a 'macro'. The Harmony Remote provides simple, intuitive control of even the most elaborate entertainment system for anyone in the family. With the world's only Smart State Database of electronic devices, set-up is a snap. The community-driven database together with IR learning ensures support of all infrared-controlled devices made by any manufacturer, including TiVo, HDVCR, HDTV, Plasma Displays, Monitors, Projectors, Lighting Control, CD/DVD-R, PVR, Satellite Radios, Amplifiers, DVD Players, Receivers, Dual VCRs and even combination devices like DVD-VCR components. With interactive media capabilities, you can select TV Shows, Movies or Music titles from the interactive display. You can even control devices like lights, fireplace and your personal computer!
- Remote type Universal remote control
- Remote control technology Infrared
- Features Multi-brand compatibility ,
Easy online set up ,
Back-lit buttons ,
One-touch activity controls
- Supported devices TV ,
AV System ,
AV receiver ,
DVD player ,
Satellite TV system ,
- Display LCD display
- Type 1 x USB
- Operating System MS Windows 2000,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 98 SE,
MS Windows ME,
Apple Mac OS X
- Min Hard Drive Space 10 MB
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable - External
- Battery 4 x Standard battery - AAA type