Product Type: Logitech remote controls
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Logitech Harmony 525 Remote
Logitech Harmony 525
Member Name: bsca
Logitech Harmony 525
Advantages: Strong signal, backlight, feels well built
Disadvantages: You may still use 2 remotes
I bought a Harmony 525 around two and a half years for about £50 and have used it for controlling TV, Freeview, DVD, Home cinema, and Xbox 360. I'd long thought about getting a universal remote and took the plunge when my home cinema remote broke, meaning I could offset the saving of not having to replace it (around £15).
You set up the remote by plugging it into your PC via USB and using the Logitech software to select your devices. This process can be rather drawn out, especially if you have many devices, but overall I found it satisfactory, and you only need to do it once.
Using the software you can set up "activities" that specify groups of devices that will be used together when you are doing something specific like watching a DVD. Selecting this would turn on the TV, DVD player and home cinema. But the flaw here is that often one of the devices in the activity may already be on, so selecting the activity will cause it to turn off whilst the others turn on. As a result I didn't use this feature much.
All the devices I added worked flawlessly with the 525 except for one, my home cinema. It was missing one function from the actual remote. Normally this would be solved by a handy feature where by you point your normal remote at your 525, press the button of the missing function, and it will "learn" it via infra-red. But in my case my original remote didn't work, meaning I couldn't do this. Given that breaking an existing remote is a reason for many people buying a universal remote, it's worth bearing this risk in mind, especially if it's a more obscurely branded product, as these may have an increased likelihood of incorrect/missing functions.
In use the remote feels well made with reasonable quality buttons, definitely better than your average remote. The hard "click" ones are very good, the softer rubber ones less so. Having a blue backlight feature is good for use in darkened rooms. The remote sends out a powerful signal to your devices which is a big plus if you usually struggle to get your remotes to talk to them, even if the 525 isn't in clear view of the device, or pointing the opposite direction, it normally still works.
For use with single devices the 525 is very good, but it can be a bit slow if trying to use 2 or 3 at once, as it's a little slower than I would like for changing from one device to another. I would prefer to be able to change to a device in one button push, but this isn't possible. As a result I would often use the 525 alongside the remote of my most common device, defeating the point slightly, but going from 5 to 2 is still a worthwhile improvement.
Unfortunately the screen on my 525 failed recently, meaning that trying to find the functions accessed by them is now a case of Russian roulette, but overall I have been reasonably happy with the product.
Summary: Not bad
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