Gonna Buy a Harmony Remote

Discussion in 'Tech Talk - Gadgets, Gizmos and Technology' started by Rich, Jun 4, 2017.

  1. trh

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    I was just asking because before you even opened this new remote, you said you were having buyer's remorse. So if you end up returning this remote, how will you classify this return when you have to check one of 13 boxes to return an item? "Doesn't Meet my Expectations" isn't an option.
     
  2. Rich

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    "My expectations" when I buy something from Amazon are partly based on what the offering says about what I'm buying. If the item doesn't meet my expectations based on the description I say that when asked during the return process, I've never heard anything negative from them about that.

    Don't think I'm gonna return it. Reading the offering, I don't see anything that says "might not be as good as using the remote that came with the device" or words to that effect. That's the only thing that really bothers me. I'd keep it just to use it for the new sound bar.

    I've always suffered from buyer's remorse. Not sure why, maybe frugality?

    Rich
     
  3. TheRatPatrol

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    The button placement is better to me.
     
  4. boukengreen

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    It took me about a week to get used to the button placement on my 650 now the is no way I could go back to 3 remotes
     
  5. Bill Broderick

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    Depending on the item, you may have to pay return shipping costs. If they send you a pre-paid return label (that you use for the return), they will deduct the return shipping costs from the refund, if the items is being returned due to an "I decided that I didn't want it" type of reason.

    There are some items, typically shoes & clothing, where Amazon covers the return shipping costs and issues full refunds regardless of the return reason.
     
  6. Rich

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    I'm still feeling my way thru this, I don't see us using those buttons very much. Not gonna replace the ATV remote or the D* remote, I know that. I really like the Activities thing. Doing that usually took a bit of time and a couple remotes, now it's just one click.

    I haven't let my wife use it yet, she doesn't do well with change.

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  7. Rich

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    How do the 650s compare with the Ultimate One? Better placement of buttons? I'm gonna need two Harmony remotes I think. Does the 650 do Activities? Can't find much good info online.

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  8. Rich

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    All the Amazon buying I do and I've had one bad transaction. I did have to pay a 15% restocking fee on an item I bought from one of the non-Amazon sellers. I'll never buy an item I might have to return from one of those sellers again. Had a terrible time with the seller, they wouldn't listen and just said you bought it, you opened the box, you're stuck. Amazon forced them to accept the return. Amex also was willing to refund the whole amount and I could have kept the item (gotta love Amex), but I didn't want it and the money didn't matter, I just wanted the seller to take it back. They did and I'll never make that mistake again. The item was last year's Roku, the thing with the fan. I had a choice, keep it and let Amex give me the total refund or send it back to the seller. Amex was honorable and I wanted to make a point with that seller. I'm not kidding when I say if Rokus were given away without cost I wouldn't take one.

    Rich
     
  9. billsharpe

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    I've never returned anything I bought from Amazon. Last returned item was an electric wine cork remover that I bought at Costco several years ago. It broke about the fifth time I used it. Costco, of course, took it back with no questions.
     
  10. boukengreen

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    Here is a photo of my 650 and the only main difference is the DVR controls are right above the jump ad instead of at the top of the remote. [​IMG]
     
  11. Bill Broderick

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    All Harmony remotes are Activity based. That's the entire concept behind Harmony remotes. Here is Logitech's page on the Harmony 650. If you're going to have multiple Harmony remotes, I strongly recommend getting the same model for each location rather than mixing and matching (unless you're getting one for a guest room, or somewhere else where the primary user will rarely use the other remote).
     
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  12. boukengreen

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    I agree no matter which remote you use go with the same model in each room will save you hassle in learning multiple remotes
     
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  13. Beerstalker

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    Out of curiosity what is it you don't like about the Harmony for controlling your DirecTV reciever or Apple TV? You may just need to change some settings to get it to work the way you like.

    I personally much prefer them. I haven't used a DirecTV remote in years. My Apple TV remotes went in a drawer as soon as I got my Harmony set up for them and I don't think I have touched them since. I'm not a big fan of talking to my remote, and not a huge fan of touchscreen remotes. I prefer the 650/700 because of this, but I have the older Harmony One in a couple of my rooms because the 650 used to not be able to control more than 5 devices and I have more than that. They have since increased it to 8 I believe. I love the charging cradle of the One, but wish it had the buttons next to the screen like the 650/700 instead of a touchscreen. I also like the hard buttons for the colors the 650/700 offer.
     
  14. boukengreen

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    Yea the 650 can now control up to 8 devices
     
  15. TheRatPatrol

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    I'm still using a Harmony 688.
     
  16. Rich

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    Thanx,

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    I have spent many years with the D* remotes and I can use them in the dark (not talking about the goofy Genie remotes). Simply put, I think they're the best remotes for STBs I've ever used. I did try the Harmony with one of my 24s but it's just not the same and certainly isn't better.

    I think the Apple TV remote (I'm not gonna call an ATV an "STB") is wonderful. The Harmony does try to mirror the functions of the ATV remote but it's not the same. The touchpad is nowhere near as sensitive as the ATVs.

    But hey, these are just my opinions, I'm not gonna trash anyone's opinions about the Harmony remotes.

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    Now my Apple TV box is just refusing to play nice with the Harmony. It locks up each time I hit the ATV activity button. Takes a lot of time to calm it down.

    And my wife thinks I'm nuts for trying to replace remotes "everyone knows how to use" with something new. She wants no part of the Harmony. I think I'm fighting a losing battle here. What with the ATV problem she might have a point.

    Rich
     
  19. Herdfan

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    Look at the URC 890. I can "help;)" you program it.
     
  20. Edmund

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    You're going to supply the software? If you have access to CCP software, look on ebay for the x-8, same model as the mx-890. But going for a lot cheaper.
     

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