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New Logitech "Harmony Touch" Universal Remote

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Drew2k, Sep 29, 2012.

  1. TheRatPatrol

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    I agree, thats why I'm still using my good old 688 (plus D* remote combo). Some of the buttons are faded but it still works great. Its mostly used to switch inputs and to control my PS3, Apple TV and AVR.

    Me either, I sent mine back after a week of use.

    Also, I'm not seeing skip buttons on that remote.
     
  2. Carl Spock

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    Mike, you can still set up and use sequences on your 550. Any old remotes that had sequences still have sequences.

    The new Harmony remotes don't have them. They've dropped macros completely.

    I know, I know...it seems like a bonehead move to me, too.

    The Harmony One was the last remote I remember with sequences although I could be wrong.
     
  3. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

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    Thanks for the PM -- I fixed the link to AVS in post #1.
     
  4. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    It is a really neat looking new remote with some very nice features.

    That said, when I could get my Harmony 650 last year at the Black Friday sale for $39....the kind of price they're looking at for this new unit seems awfully pricey. After all...it's just a remote. :D
     
  5. Mike Bertelson

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    So, they took a feature that users complained was inadequate; that users wanted expanded and removed it altogether??!? :scratchin

    Seriously though, I wonder if they received a lot of support calls about user customized functions so they decided to have the software control all of it and minimize the user selections. In the case of URC you’re dealing with the pro installer or doing it yourself. You have to be a dealer/installer to have access to URC’s CCP forums so URC doesn’t have the support issues Logitech has. Of course I’m just pondering the possibilities but I can’t think of another scenario that explains why it was removed.

    Mike
     
  6. Mike Bertelson

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    I kinda like the minimalist look. If it does everything you'd expect out of a universal, I'm of the mind that fewer buttons is a very good idea.

    Of course I can't complain about the cost after what I paid for my MX-880. :grin:

    Mike
     
  7. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    Thanks. Read the entire review. It appears, however, that it is no longer sold. Amazon only had one "seller" offering a new one (for $50 more than original list), and AR's website, which now lists it for only $149 list, has no "sellers" when you click the "where to buy" button. Seems it might be rather risky, since the review pointed out that you needed to program it on their website, which if taken down, would leave the remote rather unusable. Did sound like a good copy of my Harmony 900 though, but I didnt see any features it had that I dont already have.
     
  8. Cholly

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    Seems that Remote Central is behind the times. I assumed that the AR remote was something new, since this was their newest review. I thought it might be a good remote, since it was made by UEI. Seemed to hold some promise.
     
  9. Drew2k

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    I went into my local Best Buy and they have the 1100, 900, One, 700 and a 3xx model on the shelves, but no sign of a Harmony Touch. An associate checked in their system and searched several ways, but sees no signs of it in stock or even on the way.

    Oh well, I really wanted to get my hands on it to play for 45 days ...
     
  10. Drew2k

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    I've had Harmony remotes for years, and have a drawer full of old models, so I used to live at Remote Central. I've found they have not had any "news" for a very long time now, and visit only a few times a year. :(
     
  11. Fluthy

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    I would like a remote that is bluetooth capable, RF, and IR. Would love to see it have wi-fi capabilities also. This would be able to connect to anything from your PS3 or and HTPC to and old RCA CRT. 1 remote for EVERYTHING!
     
  12. TheRatPatrol

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    I'm really surprised theres no skip buttons on there.
     
  13. Drew2k

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    Logitech finally publicly acknowledged the Touch remote:

    Blog here: http://blog.logitech.com/2012/10/03...s-sleek-touch-and-control-to-your-fingertips/

    Product page here: http://www.logitech.com/en-us/remot...ch?wt.mc_id=global_redirect_news_harmonytouch

    YoutTube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhR3OuyZweE

    It looks like they are positioning this as an upgrade to and replacement for the Harmony One, touting how easy it is to copy settings from the One to the Touch.

    They are also obviously proud of the versatility of the touch screen for numeric keys and channel icons, and even Skype integration, and the on-remote customization of the channel icons is nice, much easier than plugging in a USB cable for "minor" chores like this.

    The command keys on the screen are now in a vertical scrolling column, so that's different, but after watching the video, I now know why there's no REPLAY and SKIP keys: you don't need 'em!

    You SWIPE LEFT on the touch screen for REPLAY, and SWIPE RIGHT for SKIP! You also simply tap the screen for PLAY and PAUSE.

    These actually ARE the functions I use most, and as stated in the video, the touch screen is in a perfect thumb location. And you can even customize, right on the remote, the swipe behavior.

    (You can even reorder activities directly on the remote.)


    AND ... AND... you can import your SEQUENCES from your Harmony One to continue using them! Not sure if you can create new sequences on the fly, but Harmony One users looking for an upgrade will like this.

    This video has completely changed my perception on this remote... I really want one now.
     
  14. spartanstew

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    I'll still pass.
     
  15. KCWolfPck

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    You skip via gesture on the touch screen.
     
  16. spartanstew

    spartanstew Dry as a bone

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    Yes, as pointed out 2 posts earlier.

    I'd still rather have buttons than a touch screen. Just because you make things "fancier", doesn't make them better.
     
  17. Drew2k

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    We know that NOW, but we did not know that when the Touch was first leaked on Engadget ...
     
  18. Drew2k

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    Very true. This remote will have to be held and used to know if it's as good as or better than, and as easy to use, as the layout of the Harmony One/900 remote.

    I've been sitting here with my cell phone in my hand playing with left/right swipes, and honestly, I don't think I can swipe right 6 or 8 times (for SKIP FWD) as fast as I can tap a button 6 or 8 times.

    I definitely need to try this out to know for sure.
     
  19. dpeters11

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    Agreed. I love gadgets and tech, but will stick with my current Harmony. I like the peanut shape, buttons and button placement.
     
  20. RunnerFL

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    Yeah, same here. I just don't like the placment of the transport controls.
     

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