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Harmony One worth it?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV General Discussion' started by gkamer, Nov 13, 2010.

  1. Dec 2, 2010 #121 of 145
    spartanstew

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    Too bad you don't like the 670/620. I grabbed a 620 from pcrichards yesterday for $55 shipped (think I'm gonna return the 650 I just bought).



    PS. You can get the 700 for $80 shipped from tigerdirect via ebay
     
  2. Dec 2, 2010 #122 of 145
    betterdan

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    Wow! I thought I got a good deal at Amazon for $97 but $79.99 rocks.


    Not sure why some are saying they have to be in a pitch black room to see the remote light up. It isn't the brightest lights on it but I can easily see it's lit up in our dim room.
     
  3. Dec 3, 2010 #123 of 145
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    Is this deal still around anywhere?
     
  4. Dec 3, 2010 #124 of 145
    CompuDude

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    Thanks for the tip. :)

    Dunno, I like the idea of a newer one in theory, but the more I think about it, I'm not convinced I want to pay the premium just yet. I'm pretty happy with my button arrangement on the 659 (with the skip fwd/back on the soft buttons by the screen), and I MUCH prefer the backlighting on the 659. I may just stick with eBay'd 659's until the supply runs out. No lame 5-6 device limit (or need to try to work around), a button layout I'm very comfortable with, the best backlighting ever made, and uses real batteries (since I already have a system of rotating rechargables in place). And super-cheap at ~$30 or so. (Used doesn't bother me in the slightest, considering it only takes one 2-minute sync to upload my profile and have it become fully mine.)
     
  5. Dec 3, 2010 #125 of 145
    spartanstew

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    Don't think so. BestBuy had it for $50+tax last week too, but it's also dead. I bought one from BestBuy, but also ordered the 620 from PCRichards. My plan is to keep the 620 and return the 650 to BestBuy.

    If you want the 650, I'd be happy to send it to you for what I paid ($55) plus shipping.

    Just let me know. It hasn't even been removed from the packaging (or the box it was shipped in).
     
  6. Dec 3, 2010 #126 of 145
    RunnerFL

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    If I have any light on at all in my bedroom then I do not see the backlight on the keys of my 700.
     
  7. Dec 3, 2010 #127 of 145
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    Somewhat tempting, and I appreciate the offer, but I think I'm going to stick with the 659's (from eBay) until the supply dries up. The price is right, the # of devices it controls is right, and the backlight is right. :D
     
  8. Dec 4, 2010 #128 of 145
    twiecek

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    I too have a Harmony One--LOVE IT! And the buttons are easy to press.
     
  9. Dec 4, 2010 #129 of 145
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    Ditto for me
     
  10. Dec 5, 2010 #130 of 145
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    Odd. Seriously even with the lights on I can tell it is lit up.
     
  11. Dec 5, 2010 #131 of 145
    RunnerFL

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    The only thing I see lit on my 700 while lights are on is the screen at the top of the remote letting you know what the 4 buttons are for.

    My 900 I can see lit in broad daylight.
     
  12. Dec 6, 2010 #132 of 145
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    If it is still under warranty I'd try and get it replaced.
     
  13. Dec 6, 2010 #133 of 145
    RunnerFL

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    Not worth the hassle. The light isn't worth that much to me. :lol:
     
  14. Dec 6, 2010 #134 of 145
    shendley

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    Just got my Harmony One Friday and I think I may like it better than the 880. Maybe it's just because the keys were getting pretty sticky on the 880, but I don't think so. It's got a great feel in the hand and the touch screen is a nice addition as well, I think.
     
  15. Dec 6, 2010 #135 of 145
    betterdan

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    The lit up keys on the remote were a big deal to me before with my DLP tv and watching in the dark but now with this 55 inch LCD lighting up the room even at night with no lights on I can see just fine :p
     
  16. Dec 6, 2010 #136 of 145
    RunnerFL

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    :lol:

    Yeah, I can understand that. The TV in my bedroom isn't nearly as bright as the one in my living room though. Since the 700's key placement is identical to the 900 I really don't need backlit keys on the 700 because I've pretty much memorized the placement on the 900.
     
  17. Dec 6, 2010 #137 of 145
    Lord Vader

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    But if one has more than 6 activities, the Harmony One isn't that great, is it?
     
  18. Dec 6, 2010 #138 of 145
    CompuDude

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    On bright scenes, yes, but not on dimmer scenes... even on my big 65" screen. And I really dislike the whole "hold the remote up behind you facing the TV so the TV casts light on it and look back at it to find the button you want" routine. Having a remote that provides it's own light is so much better.

    I see the same claim made re notebooks with backlit keyboards. Some people point out that the light from the screen shines right onto the keyboard, and while that's true to a certain extent, once you use a notebook with really good backlighting on the keyboard, it's hard to go back to a plain, un-lit keyboard. It's just nowhere near as effective.
     
  19. Dec 6, 2010 #139 of 145
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    I have 9 activities on my Harmony One and it works just fine!
     
  20. Dec 6, 2010 #140 of 145
    Lord Vader

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    But only 6 can be on the screen at one time.
     

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