Product Type: Logitech remote controls
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Logitech Harmony 525
Member Name: Astavar
Logitech Harmony 525
Advantages: easy to program & use
Disadvantages: a bit demanding on the batteries - frequent replacement needed
We purchased this remote around June 2008. While I personally would probably just own a TV and use the remote that comes with it, my partner insists that to enjoy TV we really need surround sound and a media centre PC and that three remotes is a nuisance - so we have a universal remote instead.
The Harmony 525 is much smaller than the remotes we've owned previously - the number of buttons required has been massively reduced using an LCD screen with programmable buttons, so anything that doesn't map to one of the basic keys can be programmed in there. The unit itself looks good - shiny black and matt silver plastic - and feels solidly made. It's survived a fair few knocks and drops so far without any damage to the case. The weighting of the remote in your hand feels a little odd due to the bulk of the weight (the batteries) being at one end of the remote. It runs on four AAA batteries - the downside of the nifty LCD screen and the strong blue backlighting on the remote is that we seem to be frequently recharging the batteries. The backlight switch seems pretty sensitive - it often comes on when you just pick up or bump the remote (makes it easy to find in the dark!). The infrared system doesn't seem to need very accurate point - anywhere roughly in the right direction will do the trick.
While I have not attempted to program it myself, my husband reports that it's relatively easy to load new devices into the unit - there's a mini-USB port to allow you to easily program the unit using your computer. As well as the standard buttons you would expect to find (volume & channel controls, play, ffwd, etc) and a numberpad, the remote has four multifunction buttons - the labels for these display on the LCD screen, and two buttons below the LCD let you scroll left & right through all the functions programmed to these buttons. This makes the remote very functional & easy to use. As an example, our last universal remote required that you assign each device to a button on the remote - and you then had to remember which button was which device. Any non-standard functions had to also be assigned a button - and you then had to remember which button performed which action. Not so with this unit - to select a device, I just push the 'Device' key, and all the devices loaded into the remote display on the LCD. I scroll through to get the one I want, and select it using the buttons beside the panel. Macro functions - eg turning on all the devices required to watch TV - are programmed under "Activities". I push "activities", and select what I want to do from the activities my husband has programmed in - for example, "Watch media centre TV". The ability to label actions & devices so clearly makes this remote an absolute joy to use.
While it's probably not the cheapest universal remote around, the flexibility & ease of use easily justifies the price.
Summary: Excellent unit & worth the price.
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