Logitech Harmony Touch
Manufacturer: Logitech Part number: 915-000198
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CNET editors' review
price range: $184.99 - $249.99
- Reviewed by: David Katzmaier
- Reviewed on: 10/03/2012
The good: Sleek universal remote with beautiful-looking design; large color touch screen with custom virtual buttons and numeric keypad; recognizes limited gestures; Web-programmable via Windows or Mac PCs, but can edit commands without having to connect a computer; rechargeable via the included cradle; controls up to 15 devices.
The bad: Much more expensive than the superior Harmony 650; poorly placed "transport" buttons; lacks dedicated forward and reverse skip keys; limited customization options for the touch screen; nonremovable battery; no RF compatibility.
The bottom line: The Harmony Touch can't justify the high price of its touch screen compared with traditional multibutton universal remotes.
A definite upgrade to the Harmony One...
by CHETLY on November 5, 2012
Pros: Smaller profile, higher resolution touch screen, web based programming and favorites.
Cons: Micro USB cable (only two feet long), not as user friendly to beginners as a Harmony One.
Summary: I wish to thank Logitech for sending me a free Logitech Harmony Touch to use and review, and then keep !!! That's a class act. I'll start with any ...
Summary: I wish to thank Logitech for sending me a free Logitech Harmony Touch to use and review, and then keep !!! That's a class act. I'll start with any slight negatives I have regarding the remote.
I was unimpressed with the length of the usb cable that accompanies the remote - its only 2 feet long...requiring me to leave the remote lying on the floor while programming when I am using my main desktop computer - the cord does not reach up to the desk. Those using a laptop would not have this issue so it's minor - but the standard size cord I received with my Logitech Harmony One would have been nice. Also...and maybe it's due to to size demands, but why the micro USB...? Very Apple-esque to change the connection type from mini USB like my previous Harmony remote. Now I need yet another cable. But it works fine and not really a gripe - just an observation.
Another slight negative is the use of Myharmony.com being required to set up and program the remote. I was used to using the PC software program as I did with my Harmony One and like it. Although, I can now program all remotes I have using the website - so thats a plus. The web version appears to work as it should but has some bumps in the road...I am a techie and I was slightly at odds with how the software was setup...sometimes selecting an activity to edit or a device to edit brought me to the same menu...which was confusing....but it works and thats what matters.
Gestures....this is very nice. Those of us who have smartphones will easily get used to the swiping gestures you can use to go thru menus and channel guides. Also, gesturing can be used to rewind/fast forward, play/pause while using DVR, and BluRay/DVD functions. On that note, one minor setback I experienced that appears cannot be fixed. The remote gestures uses a combination PLAY/PAUSE function by tapping once on the screen. This works...but when fast-forwarding or rewinding while watching DVR or disks, tapping play to resume watching actually pauses your show, requiring you to tap the screen again to play. I have gotten used to double tapping the screen and this solves it - or you can use the transport buttons (FF, RW, Play/Pause) at the top of the remote. The manual and my own tinkering shows that you can edit the gesturing commands for these functions but regarding Play/Pause....there is one function only - the combo. These are two seperate commands and I should be able to assign one tap for play if I wanted. However, it is nice to just tap the screen once to pause your show, then tap again to resume watching. I have no compaints per se' but it would be nice to have the option to edit the play/Pause function as I wish. In default - it works just fine....just my opinion.
Another great feature that improves upon the harmony One remote is when needing to access buttons or commands for devices. On my One remote - it was easy to get to what I needed, but I had to arrow thru many screens to find my button or command. Of course, I could edit them and bring them to the front screen but as long as they are there I am fine. On the new Harmony Touch, simple swipes up or down like using an iphone bring my commands and buttons I need within reach. Smooth and fluid, my buttons slide up the screen and i can easily change sound modes on my receiver, or change the format of my TV. Very nice - and all customizable and moveable.
The remote design is very nice as well. Although I use gesturing for transport (FF/RW) functions nowadays, I thought I would dislike having the transport buttons at the top of the remote. Thankfully, the Harmony Touch is 1/3 the size of my Harmony One, and they are easy to reach. As I said, I use gesturing now....a simple swipe to the right fast forwards my show. Easy. The backlighting (white) on the remote buttons is nice, although seems to be less bright than my Harmony One...possibly due to battery considerations. Its bright enough but wish it could be brighter...(my brightness slider is all the way up). The underside of the remote has a great feeling grippy textured coating that keeps the remote steadily in your hand. Nice touch.
A feature I did miss that I have on my harmony One....is the motion sensor. When picking up the Harmony One, the remote lit up and was ready for me to use it. Not so on the Touch. A simple tap on the screen or a button press wakes it up, but I miss that. I am sure its better for battery life - as I know a simple movement on the couch and my One remote would come to life needlessly. I keep mentioning battery....Hmmmmm.
The manual says the Harmony Touch has a "non-user replaceable battery"....sounds like an Apple product. My harmony One remote has a battery I can replace and this came in handy when mine died prematurely and Logitech sent me a new one, solving my problem. Hopefully that wont happen with the Touch. Although, in the manual it also states that at "end of product life" you should remove the back of the remote, unplug the battery pack and dispose accordingly. Hmmmm...thats sounds user replaceable to me. I can unscrew a back off, and plug a new battery in....as long as Logitech or a third party has a replacement available. Hopefully it will last a while. Manual says battery should last three days on a full charge...my One remote lasted about a week before dying....so this is about right. A new larger touch screen hogs juice. A new stand up charger included with the remote is nice looking, and convenient - just plop it in before bed every night, or two, and you should be fine.
Favorite channels -- I used this feature on my One remote but its at a new level on the Touch. The Touch has a new higher resolution screen which allows me to now see the icons I program clearly. The favorites are set up using your zip code and then populates your web software with your Cable companies channel listing...something I did not have access to on my One remote...another benefit of the new web software - although I can see this being possible with the PC harmony software. You can select up to 50 channels and you can move them however you wish on the remote. Accessing them is easy - press the "STAR touch button" above the screen and your favorites show up as iphone-like app icons you just swipe up or down and then press to select. Again, those of you familiar with smartphones or iphones will be much at ease with how this works. There is a website called Iconharmony.com that you can download specific or updated channel logos to use as your favorites icons...if the ones you want or need are not in the list that Logitech provides. You can also use Google search for channel logos and download those pics to a folder to use as well....there are size limitations to use smaller files.
This remote is definitely an upgrade from my Logitech One remote and cannot thank Logitech enough for being gracious and giving me a new Touch remote for free. When I need a tech product and Logitech makes that item, I buy from them. Be it a mouse, keyboard, speakers, cables, etc. - I use their products - they always work and they stand behind them. I have spent from $39 to $199 on Logitech Harmony remotes and have earned the right to criticize, complain, and compliment them. They make a solid product that works. This remote is no different.
One thing I will say is that this remote is a little more advanced then even the Harmony One, which before this remote, I thought was very advanced. Logitech keeps evolving - my point is that the Touch, in my opinion, is for serious upgraders from lower tier universal remotes, or harmony remotes and for those familiar with harmony's functions. A person new to the world of internet programmed touch remotes with activity based functioning may be dazzled and turned off by the wizardry that is the Touch. The Harmony One, with more labeled buttons and recognizable functions would better suit a beginner....the Touch is for tech savvy folk already familiar with smartphones, tablets, and Harmony remotes. Thats is not to say a beginner could not get this remote and become a master at using it. Just being honest and helpful.
My six year old daughter ignored my harmony One remote (for two years) even though I thought it was the bee's knees. She saw me open the very Apple-esque packaging for the Harmony Touch (which was oddly similar to an iphone 5 package - only larger) and once charged and ready, could not wait to use it. As I was explaining to her it was similar to my One remote, she said "I know how to use it" and pressed the screen for watch TV - held the remote at my system and once everything was on, asked how to get to her channel. I told her to press the star button (favorites) and then she scrolled to her channel (Disney HD) and was immediately watching A.N.T. Farm within seconds. So as you can see, my six year old with minimal instruction began using it. I don't know what that says....she is in a tech house so maybe shes ahead of the curve.
As with all harmony remotes, the HELP function works as it should. Something not turned on...? Babysitter doesn't know what she did now nothing works? Simply press the Help button (?)...keep the remote pointed at your system and answer the on screen questions. It knows your system and will correct any issues such as turning this or that off or tuning to correct input for the TV. Friends and family are still amazed when they are told of this function.
Way to go Logitech on another solid product.
2 out of 2 users found this user opinion helpful.
Awful Set Up Experience but Stellar afterwards
by R_Ellis on June 16, 2013
Pros: Quality product. Great Screen. Good Ergonomics.Ability to have favorites and ignore channels you never watch is awesome.
Cons: Horrible planning for set up software. Hate having to connect to PC to reprogram, wifi or bluetooth anyone?
Summary: Set Up software asked to ID cable box brand&model. 1.5 hours of frustration later I found a forum post saying to change brand to Xfinity. This could ...
Summary: Set Up software asked to ID cable box brand&model. 1.5 hours of frustration later I found a forum post saying to change brand to Xfinity. This could have been anticipated. Many Cable Co's rebrand their boxes. Furious...just furious. Almost smashed it
Now that the @#$%& thing is set up, I like it. But the price tag is high enough that I shouldn't have to do very much other than power the thing up and choose my devices,cable co, and zip code. And it should do so wirelessly.
Less can be more
by Kevico_Suave on March 29, 2013
Pros: The removal of buttons allow for the remaining buttons to be more accessible and easier to use. This remote does a good job of having often used buttons as physical buttons and rarely used buttons accessible via the touchscreen.
Cons: Lack of RF/Bluetooth.
Advanced or beginner this remote is for you!
by dhwestcott on November 4, 2012
Pros: Simple to use, easy set-up, nice remote charging station, good battery life.
Cons: no removable battery, some limitations with advanced user set-up, price might be a little on the high side.
Summary: The Logitech Touch is an advanced, yet easy to use remote even the novice can set up and use. The hardest part of setting up the remote control is writing ...
Summary: The Logitech Touch is an advanced, yet easy to use remote even the novice can set up and use. The hardest part of setting up the remote control is writing down all your Manufacturers and Model numbers to type in as devices to control with your new remote. Once this is completed you easily set up some specific activities and Ta-Da you are ready to take control of you home theater.
Useful and fairly intuitive, even for non-techies.
by TheGremlyn on November 1, 2012
Pros: Good battery life, edit custom buttons on the remote, easy setup.
Cons: Top and bottoms buttons and be tricky to use at the same time; custom buttons on screen is a long list and I would prefer pagination.
Summary: I was lucky enough to be selected to receive a free Harmony Touch in exchange for sharing my experience with the device. I was previously using a Harmony 650 with ...
Summary: I was lucky enough to be selected to receive a free Harmony Touch in exchange for sharing my experience with the device. I was previously using a Harmony 650 with my custom Linux Home Theatre PC. It was working very well, and I was very excited to get going with the Touch.
Initially I had hopes for importing my preferences from my old remote over to the Touch, but the software had trouble doing so. I was using the software installed on your computer instead of the web-based program with my old 650, so there may be some incompatibility. Luckily the Touch was very easy to setup and I was up and running with it controlling all my devices in under 30 mins.
Using the touch has been a breeze. Any universal remote I get has to be usable by the non-technical people I live with, and my wife had no trouble adjusting to using the Touch over the 650. I thought we might use the Gestures option more, but so far we have not at all.
Battery life on the remote has seemed good so far. I haven't timed it exactly, but I seem to be getting at least 4-5 days per charge, and I haven't had it completely die on me yet, so it might go a day or two longer.
My short list of complaints would be:
1. the custom button screens are now just a long list of choices, and I would prefer having multiple pages I can slide between.
2. the buttons at the top aren't the most easily accessible without moving your hand (and I have big hands) while holding the remote to operate the screen and the lower buttons, but this is a relatively minor inconvenience.
Handy, but not as handy as the Harmony One
by bblackmoor on November 1, 2012
Pros: The size of the Harmony Touch is convenient and comfortable.
Most of my settings were successfully imported from one of my Harmony One settings.
Having a dedicated button for the DVR and for the four colored buttons is a great addition.
Cons: Having to scroll through activities is annoying.
Lack of the "skip forward" and "skip backward" buttons is an inconvenience.
The location of the DVR controls makes using the Harmony Touch awkward.
"Favorite channels" is a needless complication.
Summary: I received a Harmony Touch from Logitech because I own several Harmony One remotes and have recommended them highly. I was looking forward to the Harmony Touch, and I wanted ...
Summary: I received a Harmony Touch from Logitech because I own several Harmony One remotes and have recommended them highly. I was looking forward to the Harmony Touch, and I wanted to recommend it just as highly, but unfortunately, I can't. Here are some good things and bad things:
1) The removal of the number buttons to make the Harmony Touch a more convenient size was a good move. The on-screen numbers are easy to find, when they are needed.
2) Overall, the size of the Harmony Touch is convenient and comfortable.
3) Most of my settings were successfully imported from one of my Harmony One settings, so that saved me some time during set-up.
4) Having a dedicated button for the DVR and for the four colored buttons is a great addition.
1) Unfortunately, there are quite a few things that make the Harmony Touch a bad fit for my living room experience. First, using the whole screen to show just one activity at a time is just stupid, and having to swipe left and right to scroll through the other activities one by one is a significant step backward in terms of usability. I found that extremely annoying. Showing the activities in a list on one, or at most two, screens, as the Harmony One does, provides a far superior user experience.
2) Relocating the "skip forward" and "skip backward" buttons from the remote and putting them on the screen is a huge inconvenience. It baffles me that anyone at Logitech thought that was a good idea. This by itself would be enough for me to eschew the Harmony Touch and stick with the Harmony One.
3) The location of the DVR controls (play, stop, fast forward, rewind) to above the screen makes using the Harmony Touch more awkward than using the Harmony One, even though the Harmony One is significantly larger. Using the DVR controls on the Harmony One can be done one-handed. On the Harmony Touch, it requires awkwardly shifting the position of the hand, or using two hands. Another significant step backward in usability.
4) The addition of "favorite channels" is a needless complication. Every DVR has favorite channel lists built in.
Conclusion: in a world where the Harmony One had never been invented, the Harmony Touch would be a terrific addition to any living room. However, the Harmony One does exist, and has existed for years. That being the case, there is really no excuse for the flaws in the design of the Harmony Touch.
Suggestions for the Harmony Two, or the Harmony Touch Plus, or whatever the next version will be called:
1) Put the most commonly used buttons, including the DVR controls, below the screen, where the user can reach them with one hand. Move the less commonly used buttons (DVR, Guide, Info, Red, Green, Yellow, Blue) above the screen.
2) Have physical buttons for "skip forward" and "skip backward", located beneath the "fast forward" and "rewind" buttons, as the Harmony One currently does.
3) Do not waste the whole screen on one activity label and make users scroll/swipe through screen after screen looking for activities. (Come on, Logitech, that's just stupid.) List them on-screen in a list.
4) Use dedicated buttons or touch areas for "Activities" and "Devices", as the Harmony One currently does (or something similar). Don't play hide-and-seek with two of the most basic functions on the remote.
- Manufacturer: Logitech
- Part number: 915-000198
- Description: There was a time when your standard remote was enough. Today, home entertainment is anything but standard. There are more devices, more channels and more options than you could ever have imagined. That's why Logitech is rethinking the remote with the Harmony Touch.
- Remote type Universal remote control
- Remote control technology Infrared
- Features Number pad access on touch screen ,
Integrated Skype™ experience with Logitech TV Cam HD,
Back-lit buttons for convenient navigation ,
Easy online set up ,
Supports 5000+ brands ,
Sleek, streamlined design ,
Customizable channel icons
- Number of supported devices 15
- Supported devices TV ,
Blu-ray player ,
Satellite TV system ,
Cable box ,
AV receiver ,
DVD player ,
- Input device Keypad,
- Display LCD display - 2.4 in - Color
- Color display Yes
- Type 1 x USB ( 4 pin USB Type A )
- Operating System MS Windows 8,
MS Windows 7,
MS Windows Vista,
MS Windows XP,
Apple Mac OS X 10.5 or later
- Included Accessories Remote control charging stand,
- Cables Included 1 x USB cable - External
- Battery Remote control unit battery - Rechargeable
- Service & Support 1 year warranty
- Service & Support Details Limited warranty - 1 year