Logitech Harmony 670
Manufacturer: Logitech Part number: 915-000002
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CNET editors' review
price range: $249.99
- Reviewed by: David Rudden
- Edited by: John Falcone
- Reviewed on: 10/20/2006
- Released on: 10/10/2006
The good: The Logitech Harmony 670 is a throwback to the comfortable peanut-shape design of old, with DVR-friendly buttons placed in the center. It retains the same great features and functionality that the Harmony line is known for, such as activity or device-based command, PC/Mac programmability, and a contextual LCD screen.
The bad: The 670 isn't as sleek or as stylish as the more-recent "flat" Harmony models. Moreover, it lacks the rechargeable battery/cradle and color LCD found on higher-end Harmony models. Even with an upgrade in place, the Web-based programming can still intimidate nontechie users. And the remote's silver finish scuffs pretty easily.
The bottom line: The Logitech Harmony 670 may not be the coolest-looking universal remote, but it's one of the easiest to use, especially for DVR users.
Breaks Easily for a $150 remote
by shebalaba on September 22, 2008
Pros: Can program tv, satellite, dvr and dvd player to turn on all at once.
Cons: Breaks easily. I exchanged it once already and now the lcd screen is unreadable. I got this at circuit city and now have to ship it back to them so they can tell me they can't give me a refund.
Summary: Lots of programmable options but won't last. Breaks easily. Should be made tough like my free DirecTV remote.
Summary: Lots of programmable options but won't last. Breaks easily. Should be made tough like my free DirecTV remote.
Simple to set up, impossible to live without
by griz_fan on September 18, 2008
Pros: Easy setup
easy to map new functions to any button
powerful IR emitter
good button layout for DVR junkies
Cons: a bit too small
buttons all the same shape
buttons too close to each other
buttons occasionally stick
Software only works with one Harmony remote
Summary: Overall, a great remote. All the benefits of a Harmony, without the high price. This controls all of my home theater gear, and yet is easy enough the whole family ...
Summary: Overall, a great remote. All the benefits of a Harmony, without the high price. This controls all of my home theater gear, and yet is easy enough the whole family can use everything, even my 6 year old. Easy to set up, almost unlimited ability to customize. I've run the software on both XP and Vista with no issues at all. We actually have two Harmony remotes, we like them so much. But, unfortunately, the software only remembers settings for one remote, it would be nice to create multiple profiles for those with more than one harmony remote. instead, we need to run a copy of the software on two different computers, each with a unique account.
Good value, simple, versatile
by markfiona on July 20, 2008
Pros: Lots of things
Cons: Looks, power supply
Summary: Have only owned for a day, am annoyed at people writing crap like battery dies cause LCD stays on, push the "glow" button. The software is not that bad either, ...
Summary: Have only owned for a day, am annoyed at people writing crap like battery dies cause LCD stays on, push the "glow" button. The software is not that bad either, it allows you to set enough options, and to tailor your own button assignment- this is good. Connects and updates easily, and has good device compatibility I think, picked up my esoteric TV, and an old discontinued Marantz CD/MD player. I am happy, Logitech are very good at what they do, esp. for the money.
Great all around TRUE UNIVERSAL remote!
by cybergremlyn on May 20, 2008
Pros: Easy to use once its setup! Works on my Maxent TV!!!
Cons: Can be a little difficult to setup on a Mac
Summary: I got this remote since all the universal remotes out there didn't work on my Maxent plasma tv. I was pleasantly surprised at its capabilities. I liked the Activities ...
Summary: I got this remote since all the universal remotes out there didn't work on my Maxent plasma tv. I was pleasantly surprised at its capabilities. I liked the Activities buttons, pressing "watch tv" turns on and switches all your AV gear to the correct inputs! Same for listening to music, which I setup to launch Front Row and switch to DVI so I can watch or listen to my media
The cons were
1-I had some difficulty setting this remote up to control Front Row on my Mac.
2-There is no dedicated launch Media Center PC/Front Row button, but there are launch music(for AM/FM/XM), launch digital music (for XP Media Center/Mac Front Row), and game console control options. Also, I couldn't get it to launch Quicktime/DVD Player, or itunes under the "watch movies" activity button, Front Row is the only app I could get to work.
3-The device controls could have been a little more intuitive. I am used to using a DirecTV/Tivo universal remote. The movie controls are not logically spaced out or large enough
4-The glow button should stay lit. I liked that feature, but fumbling for the right button while watching tv or a movie is annoying
Below are my home system specs. Yes I am using a VCR to control watching basic cable, since my tv doesn't have coax inputs, and I haven't decided on an HDTV provider yet.
Maxent 42" 42-XM4211 plasma monitor
Onkyo HT-R8230 HTIB system
Sharp H-800 VCR
Apple Intel iMac 2.0gHz
running Boot Camp with OS 10.5/Win XP SP2
Best money I spent on my system
by acecommander on May 16, 2008
Pros: Easy set-up and user friendly
Cons: channel buttons in difficult position
Summary: I replaced 5 remotes with this product. I don't even know where the other remotes ended up. The only problem is that it eats batteries for lunch, but I ...
Summary: I replaced 5 remotes with this product. I don't even know where the other remotes ended up. The only problem is that it eats batteries for lunch, but I use it a lot and constantly use the program guide to surf the channels.
Not for the novice
by rschramm on March 8, 2008
Pros: Its silver
Cons: Very hard to program correctly
Summary: Harmony remote software is very difficult to use. It forgets what your setup is and you have to start over from scratch often. Even if you enter the model of ...
Summary: Harmony remote software is very difficult to use. It forgets what your setup is and you have to start over from scratch often. Even if you enter the model of brand new mainstream devices that they should know about, it doesnt and you have to answer lenghty questions about. There tech support is poor.
by mariogreymist on September 17, 2007
Pros: Runs everything from my HDTV to my floor fan
Cons: Needs windows or mac - no Linux compatibility
Summary: This is my first foray into high end remotes. I had never spent more than $25 on a universal, and I never had a remote that would actually let me ...
Summary: This is my first foray into high end remotes. I had never spent more than $25 on a universal, and I never had a remote that would actually let me throw all the old ones in a box. Both those streaks are over.
It took me about 20-25 minutes to set up the remote using the software/usb combo. As soon as I was done, everything worked. I mean, everything. Even my Westinghouse HDTV, whose remote reception was notoriously bad works with this baby.
Later, I went back in and programmed my bedroom set-up as well. The "Activities" function is really sweet. It let me set up separate activities for watching through my receiver (when I'm not worried about waking the neighbors) and through the TV (for when I am).
The buttons all do what you expect them to do, and for the functions not specifically listed, you can simply scroll down the LCD and you'll find what you want. This is the first universal to adequately function with my home theatre tuner.
And if that all weren't enough, it even runs my fan.
by bluekobalt on September 16, 2007
Pros: Easy to setup, even easier to use
Cons: $150 is too expensive
Summary: The Harmony remote is up there with Tivo and iPod as one of the finest examples of human interface design. If you have a regular Home theater setup, with any ...
Summary: The Harmony remote is up there with Tivo and iPod as one of the finest examples of human interface design. If you have a regular Home theater setup, with any combination of audio receiver, TV, VHS, DVD player and CD Player, then the simple setup will get you up and running in just a few minutes. If you have more advanced devices, like a Media Center or an XBox, then you will have to tweak a bit (look at "Customize Buttons" option in the Activity Setup screens of the PC software). But even then, the software walks through an amazing array of flexibility and options without losing you along the way.
Once you have everything setup, the reemote itself is a joy to use: The buttons are laid out where you would expect them; it balances well in your hand, and the inline HELP is pretty useful too.
One thing I would like to see: Separation of the nav-pad directional controls and the play/pause/rewind controls into two separate areas, like the Tivo remote. Admittedly I am biased because I already have a Tivo, but I think the tivo remote is very well designed ergonomically, and should be imitated more. That said, the present arrangement on the Harmony remote is also very usable.
If you had enough with being the only person in the house who knows how to operate your gear, then this usability marvel is for you and your household.
This thing rocks...
by gpsdude on June 27, 2007
Pros: Easy setup, user friendly design, Glow button is very helpful
Cons: None yet...
Summary: I've had the 670 for a little over a week and I am very impressed. It took about 20 minutes to setup and works like a dream. Can't ...
Summary: I've had the 670 for a little over a week and I am very impressed. It took about 20 minutes to setup and works like a dream. Can't believe I waited so long to buy it.
A great all in one universal remote
by molloni on March 9, 2007
Pros: Fully customizable
Cons: Takes some time for perfection
Summary: I've wanted to write a review for this remote control since I got it a month ago, but I wanted to make sure that what I was saying was ...
Summary: I've wanted to write a review for this remote control since I got it a month ago, but I wanted to make sure that what I was saying was true.
At this point, I have the remote doing around 95% of the things I need it to do. I still have lots of tweaking that I can do, such as ordering the soft keys better for common tasks. But in all, I am very pleased with this remote.
As stated, I have it doing just about everything I need it to do. I have set up several activities, and it is changing flawlessly between each one of them. It is working with the following equipment:
Samsung DLP TV (which does not support discrete input selection, but rather uses a scroll menu to select the input)
Pioneer DVD/Receiver (it has three input buttons which each have a few different inputs)
Motorola HDTV cable box
I have the remote set up to listen to the digital music stations from my cable company through the DVD/Receiver and it even changes to the first music channel and then displays the music channel list.
There are a few trouble spots which needed work arounds - since the DVD player has the various input buttons, I had to figure out the correct way to change from watching a DVD to going to the digital sound input without it going to the wrong input (one button switches DVD and CD, another switches between the digital sound input, a standard TV sound input, and the AUX input from the VCR). It took a bit of doing, but I figured out a way to make it work, and without even needing to contact Logitech support.
In all, I am extremely happy with this remote. It is truly flexible, but that doesn't come without a price. Some will complain that the web based interface is difficult to use, but that is what allows the user to do all of the intricate setup that they want to do. If you are gadget guy like me and don't mind making minor tweaks to get something to do exactly what you want it to do, then you will love this universal remote. Even if you don't want to do full tweaks, setting up the macros to go from one activity to another isn't that difficult and certainly worth the few hours worth of time (yes, setup can take a few hours over a few nights, but if you have a laptop, set up is that much easier to do on the couch). I truly can put all of my other remotes away and use this one, even for advanced features like changing the 5.1 surround setup options on my receiver and programming recording through the VCR and doing all the picture in picture stuff I want to do with the TV. They make it so easy to even use equipment that is not used for a particular activity through the <device> button, (just be sure to program a soft <on> button), and the <sound> and <picture> buttons add even more customizable opportunities.
My only wish is that my wife got the one with the color screen and the RF support incase we ever get equipment that doesn't use IR remotes...other than that, I skeptical at first, but now I'm an absolute believer that one remote really can do the work of the original four (five if you include my Bose iPod Sound Dock).
- Manufacturer: Logitech
- Part number: 915-000002
- Description: Designed specifically for Digital Video Recorder (DVR) users, the Harmony 670 features convenient controls that make it easy to command TiVO and other popular DVRs. Essential buttons including "Record", "Play", "Pause", "Advance", "Rewind", "Skip Forward", "Skip Back", and a directional pad are centrally located, and convenient "Sound" and "Picture" buttons help you tame tough configurations such as switching aspect ratios or sound modes. Harmony's activity-based control makes it easy to manage your entire home entertainment system; just press a conveniently color-coded activity button ("Watch Movie"), and the remote will power on your TV, DVD, stereo receiver, set all the inputs and even press "Play"! There's also a handy "Help" button so that anyone from the kids to the babysitter can access programming.
- Remote type Universal remote control
- Remote control technology Infrared
- Features Multi-brand compatibility ,
Color-coded buttons ,
Back-lit buttons ,
Easy online set up
- Number of supported devices 15
- Supported devices TV ,
AV receiver ,
DVD player ,
Cable box ,
Satellite TV system ,
- Input device Keypad
- Display LCD display - Monochrome
- Type 1 x USB
- Operating System Apple Mac OS X 10.3 or later,
MS Windows XP,
MS Windows 2000
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable - External
- Battery 4 x Standard battery - AAA type
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year