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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. Shades228

    Shades228 DaBears

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    After bouncing through a few remotes I always find myself going back to my Bears remote.
     
  2. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

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    Best Buy and Amazon each have the Touch available for pre-order. It comes out 10/10/12.
     
  3. Alebob911

    Alebob911 Hall Of Fame

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    I like Drew2K will have to play with this thing before deciding. I love my Harmony One and don't think I could get use to the whole touch swipe thing but i'll wait till I can play with it before making a final judgement.
     
  4. Davenlr

    Davenlr Geek til I die

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    It would have to have a lot better response than my Harmony 900. It misses touchpad taps, and then will turn around and accept one when I am trying to hit the < or > arrow to change pages. Gets rather annoying sometimes.
     
  5. Alebob911

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    I know exactly what you mean. I've hit the turn on Directv touch only to find the blu ray turning on instead. I tried to turn off the touch sounds for the bedroom but I never knew if I pressed hard enough so its back on. :)
     
  6. Lord Vader

    Lord Vader Supreme Member DBSTalk Club

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    According to Amazon's description of this product, it does sequences:

     
  7. RunnerFL

    RunnerFL Well-Known Member

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    I would think the whole swipe to skip thing would wear out your thumb very quickly.
     
  8. hdtvfan0001

    hdtvfan0001 Well-Known Member

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    I can see all those points.

    While we have a very expensive remote in our Home Theater (icon controls) - in the rest of our home...it's tough to beat a $39 Harmony that controls all the equipment in one location with 1-3 keystrokes for many commands.
     
  9. liquidsense

    liquidsense Mentor

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    I agree. I usually end up using the SKIP FWD button on my One much more frequently than FFWD because it's just easier to stack four to five quick button presses and get around the right place to skip the commercial. Swiping four to five times to the right is going to be a pain. I wonder if you can simply tap the right edge of the touch screen to accomplish a SKIP FWD. But, then I worry that you'll get unwanted skips from time to time.
     
  10. Drew2k

    Drew2k New Member

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    My local Best Buy had two Harmony Touch remotes locked up behind the counter, so I bought one at 10 AM ET this morning to try it out.

    I’ve owned many Harmony remotes (300, 360, 520, 550, 676, 700, 880, One, 900) so I’ve had a lot of time to examine the changes in both the hardware and software, and was really looking forward to the Touch, but I can honestly say I see a lot of missed opportunities with this new remote.

    The Good
    • One login at myharmony.com for multiple remotes
    • Sequences can include up to 10 commands and delays
    • Charger - holds remote in upright/vertical position; easy to grab and use

    The Bad
    • No client software; requires installation of Silverlight through browser
    • Battery removal requires disassembly of remote
    • No motion sensor; have to tap screen or touch a key to turn on backlight and screen
    • Top edge of remote is not rounded, so digs into heel of your palm
    • Color keys far too low to be useful; have to really hold remote in awkward position to be able to use thumb on these keys
    • Hitting PAUSE with left thumb often activates the FAV icon, switching screen to favorites
    • Hitting PAUSE with right thumb often activates the Home screen, so you leave whatever screen you were on
    • Access to activities takes more effort than the One and 900: 3 activities per screen before, now one activity per screen; takes 15 swipes to get to my last activity, versus 5 on previous remotes
    • The setup of the Touch copied settings from my Harmony 900, but misnamed most of my DIRECTV devices, and I can’t rename them
    • Screen only shows 5 commands at a time, one per row, so waste of space. It could be showing 10 commands at a time!
    • Swipe actions are only active when the user activates “Gesture” mode. So you have to switch modes to see numbers, see commands, see favorites, or use gestures

    The 10-step Sequences are really the best part of the remote, so I’m going to create several sequences and learn them as raw commands to my 900, and then return the Touch.

    It’s not comfortable to hold long term, it’s a pain to have to switch into and out of gesture mode, and the accidental touch of the Home and Favorite soft keys makes use of Pause a major nuisance.

    I like where Logitech was going with the touch screen and gestures, but this needs a major overhaul, especially for someone who maxes out 15 devices and has as many Activities. I’m sticking with my 900 …
     

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