Harmony Remote Users

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  1. Dec 29, 2008 #81 of 101
    Jason Nipp

    Jason Nipp Analog Geek in a Digital World Staff Member Super Moderator DBSTalk Gold Club DBSTalk Club

    Jun 10, 2004
    Having both a 659 and 880, the 880 is much more DVR friendly as the 659 doesn't have skip back or skip forward buttons.

    Plus the 659 has the forward, reverse, play and pause buttons at the very bottom of the remote.

    I would happily trade my 659 for another 880.
  2. Dec 30, 2008 #82 of 101

    racermd Legend

    Dec 17, 2006
    Haven't seen anyone with a Harmony 550 yet, so... Got an 880, too.

    550 Pros: Buttons are slightly larger and have more 'feel' (the 880 is very flat). It feels like it's weighted better. Lastly - and this may or may not be a 'pro', depending on your tastes - it takes 4x AAA batteries instead of a Li-Ion pack.

    550 Cons: Limited soft buttons. No color screen.

    I originally got the 880 for the wife to use on her setup in the living room (TV, HR20, 5.1 receiver, DVD, and VHS). However, I set it up once for my own setup in the basement (TV, HR20, 5.1 receiver, DVD, and Roku streamer) and it does a great job. I couldn't get past the small and shallow buttons. I really did need to look at the remote to use it even after learning where all the buttons were located - something I've never had to do before.

    The 550, while it lacks some of the more advanced features of the 880, it much easier to use.
  3. Dec 30, 2008 #83 of 101

    GolfProRM Mentor

    Sep 4, 2008
    Have a 550 myself - only thing I don't like about it is the blue backlight. The remote is wonderful otherwise. The blue backlight makes the text on the screen difficult to read.

    Just imported a 555 from Europe. Very similar layout to the 550, but it has an orange backlight (MUCH easier to read text). Also, the bottom row of buttons are the color buttons instead of the picture/sound/a/b. I absolutely LOVE this remote. Wish they would sell it in the US.

    One pain about importing the 555 is that if it breaks, Logitech won't ship you a replacement directly. They'll either offer to send you a 550, or they'll ask for a Europe address to send the 555.
  4. Dec 30, 2008 #84 of 101

    mdavej Hall Of Fame

    Jan 30, 2007
    The new 510 in the US has colored buttons. Don't know what color backlight.
  5. Dec 30, 2008 #85 of 101

    GolfProRM Mentor

    Sep 4, 2008
    Yes, but it only controls up to 5 devices - the 550/555 controls 15. It also has 2 less buttons (you lose the picture/sound menu buttons).
  6. Dec 30, 2008 #86 of 101

    apace Legend

    Feb 1, 2007
    The sad part is on the Harmony website, when you click on the product tour for the 550 you get pics of the 555. If anyone is like me and thought the remote in the pictures is the one they are getting, they will be very
    disappointed. Its obvious why the 550 was selling for 49.99 at BB. It rarely turns everything on or off correctly.
  7. Dec 30, 2008 #87 of 101

    smalltownhick Cool Member

    Jan 2, 2008
    I had the Harmony 620 from Costco (same as 670). I used it in my setup with my HR21. I liked it but didn't love it enough to spend $80 on it. Honestly I love the layout of the RC64R that I have except that it wont control my av receiver.

    Harmony 620

    activities are great.

    skip back button is too close to the volume up. I kept hitting skip back accidentally.
    No hard button for the red yellow blue and green. (and by default only 3 of these are on the soft buttons main screen)
    No hard button for "back" (I use this in the menus all the time)
    When trying to use a function of a device (say the audio format on my receiver) I had to scroll through a big list of obscure function names in the remote's display. This could be improved.

    From what I see online about the Harmony for XBox 360 I like that layout but I dont have an XBox. I assume it would work fine anyway. Does anyone else use the 360 without an Xbox?
  8. Dec 30, 2008 #88 of 101

    GolfProRM Mentor

    Sep 4, 2008
    You can use the software to rearrange the order the soft buttons are listed. You can also add commonly used functions to your activity soft button list so you can change receiver audio format without having to change to the device.
  9. Dec 30, 2008 #89 of 101

    dbmaven Icon

    May 29, 2004
    I'm wondering if you'd be willing to provide more details on what the "bump" was ?? I have a Harmony One being shipped to me - any info you can provide would be most appreciated ! :)
  10. Dec 30, 2008 #90 of 101

    RACJ2 Hall Of Fame

    Aug 2, 2008
    I have a 659 that was free with my Plasma TV. I didn't like the fact that there wasn't a skip forward and skip back button and the other main DVR buttons were at the bottom. So I set up most of them in the first and second screen of display and rarely use the ones at the bottom. They are set up like this:

    ..........First Screen.............---Second Screen---
    o Play----------------List o | o Red--------Green o
    o Rewind----Fast Forward o | o Yellow-------Blue o
    o Skip Back--Skip Forward o | o Record-----Pause o
  11. Dec 30, 2008 #91 of 101

    CorpITGuy Godfather

    Apr 11, 2007
    Harmony 550 works great with my HR22, 42" LCD and Phillips up-converting DVD player.
  12. Jan 2, 2009 #92 of 101

    twiecek Cool Member

    Mar 11, 2008
    The "bump" was I was having trouble getting the One to "learn" the remote of my old Tivo box. Turned out to be an easy fix, and no other bumps. Enjoy your new toy!
  13. Jan 2, 2009 #93 of 101

    rotohead Legend

    Nov 28, 2007
    Reno, NV
    I'm going to put a vote in here for the Harmony 890 Pro. It's not been mentioned here for a variety of reasons but if you need a RF capable remote it works pretty well. It's almost identical to the 880 but with the rf extenders it can address those issues well. Pros are the same as for the 880 and the cons are the same too...small buttons, etc. and takes a bit more time in setup/updates and is pricey but if you need RF capability ro have never used a RF remote it may be your answer.
    It's also common for the tilt function to dissappear on these Harmony's after you drop them more than three or four times. Try to avoid that...not likely if you're human.
    Also new users should be aware that Harmony's policy for tech support has changed recently. Use to be phone tech support for long time...not the case anymore...limited to the first 90 days now I think. Check their web site and don't hesitate to use the support early if you need it.
  14. Jan 2, 2009 #94 of 101

    Richierich Hall Of Fame

    Jan 10, 2008
    The Tech Support is for 60 days but if you insist and your problem will not take along time then they will help you as I have had them help me and I explained that alot of us are not happy with their new tech support policy and then he explained that you can still get help if it doesn't take a long time.
  15. Jan 2, 2009 #95 of 101

    rotohead Legend

    Nov 28, 2007
    Reno, NV
    That's good to know. I've been a big Logitech purchaser over the years and it's been hit/miss with their tech support...some products I have good success with...others not so mucho. Most of my problems with the remote take some time to hash out on the phone. Utilizing the forums here and at Logitech can help but specific, unique problems need first hand info. Best method I've adopted is to document every service call/issue with all my tech gizmos and keep a three ring binder for all. It's surprising how often these problems reoccur or are similar to problems I've had previously. Either way I hate learning the same solutions I solved six months ago.
  16. Jan 2, 2009 #96 of 101

    BigSey DBSTalk Club Member

    Oct 18, 2006
    I had a 659 and loved it...until I fried it by spilling a glass of wine on it. I was going to get another one until I saw an 880 at Amazon for $129 with a $50 rebate for a total of $79.

    To me, the 880 is a more reliable. My 659 would forget to turn something on or off frequently and the 880 never does. Plus, I love the charger. My 659 would need new batteries every few months.

    I say go with the 880 if the price is equal or not much of a difference. Good luck.
  17. Jan 2, 2009 #97 of 101

    dbmaven Icon

    May 29, 2004
    Thanks for the update. Rearranging the HT setup tomorrow and installing the H-One once I've got all the new connections documented.

    Thanks again !
  18. Jan 3, 2009 #98 of 101

    opie168 Guest

    Jun 15, 2008
    i just got the 890 pro myself along with the RF extender to replace my older harmony remote that was a harmon kardon and is no longer supported now.
    Absolutely love it btw!!

    My only gripe is the face that the logitech remotes cant tell if something is already on by accident and then when you try to turn on that activity it will toggle the power and end up turning the device off.

    I looked at the MX890 and 980 and was about to pull the trigger on these but then found out that you dont get the software to program those and in turn have to hire a installer to come out and program it for you. That in itself made me turn that down as I dont want to spend another $150 on someone programing my remote when I could easily do it myself if given the software. Searched everywhere and couldn't find it. only could find software for their older large touch screen remote the mx3000.

    In the end if i could get the software for the mx980 or find a way to get the logitech to check if unit is already on b4 toggle power either remote would be perfect to me. The custom icons in the mx980 is kinda cool though.
  19. Jan 3, 2009 #99 of 101

    rotohead Legend

    Nov 28, 2007
    Reno, NV
    My HT was first built using a Niles RF remote that is big and sits on a tabletop. Very well built but big and bulky. Discrete codes, very customizable, etc. Only problem is programming. Any time you want to make the slightest change or mod (like making a simple channel number change) to a more involved upgrade (like changing a component) you had to schedule a visit with the professional installer and $150 to $200 later you might have your system the way you want it. That propietary issue with Niles remotes lost me as a customer. The installer's attitude was like he was doing me a favor coming to my house for a couple hundred bucks to configure my system so it worked the way it was suppose to in the first place. I don't mind the few hassles I run into with the Harmony products b/c I can fix or change it when I want.
  20. Jan 9, 2009 #100 of 101

    IcedOmega13 Legend

    Mar 3, 2008
    go go gadget remote face plates. I love mine too.

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