Logitech Harmony 1000 Remote Control Reviewajmatson - December 11, 2007
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To test the Harmony 1000 I went around my house and gathered all of the remote controls for my devices and put them in a box. Then I taped the box and put it away in the garage. I wanted to exclusively use the Harmony to see if it could actually replace all of the other devices. I tested the Harmony 1000 for 48 hours and then I tested the Universal Remote that came with my PVR cable box.
- Phillips 32" Flat Panel TV Model # 32PT6441
- Scientific Atlanta Explorer 8300 Cable Box / PVR
- Microsoft XBOX 360
- Sanyo DVD/VCR Combo Model # DVW-6100
Tested Remote Control Devices
- Logitech Harmony 1000 Advanced Remote Control
- Original Devices Remote Controls
- Scientific Atlanta Universal Remote Control
I will be testing the Harmony 1000 for functionality of the device, ease of use, distance till signal failure (with and without the wireless extender), and last, but not least, battery life.
Most remotes that come with devices are tailored to that device only so the functionality is limited. Universal remotes add the ability to control features but limit how many, since they are made to "try" to control as many devices as they can with the combination of buttons they have. The Harmony 1000 went above that and allows you to choose how to control your devices. One of the best features the Harmony has is the help button. With this button, if you are having a problem with a function, it will help you fix it, and in many cases repair it with out even having to re-connect it to your PC. The Harmony also allows you to create and re-order buttons to suit your needs instead of having to look all over the place for that button to push.
Ease of Use:
Unlike traditional remote controls, the Harmony 1000 uses a touch screen versus the buttons. This keeps the Harmony sleek and clean without looking cluttered. The commands can be changed and programed using the Logitech Software. The downfall is it takes time to get used to all of the differences. With traditional remotes, you know where the button is and don't have to go looking for it. The setup software was easy to understand also, as it takes you step by step explaining each section.
Distance to Signal Failure:
When you pick up a remote what do you do? You point it at the device and operate it, right? Well, not with the Harmony 1000 and Wireless Extender together. To test signal failure I set up my components at one end of the house and walked backward down the hallway, which is thirty five feet away. Out of all of the remotes, the Harmony 1000 worked the furthest without the Wireless Extender, and the Scientific Atlanta remote was the worst. Adding the Wireless Extender, I could control my devices from anywhere in my 1750 square foot house with no interruptions at all.
Battery life on the Harmony 1000 was expectable. Being a touch screen device I was not expecting miracles . I used the Harmony 1000 a while before doing the actual testing for this review, so I could get used to it, and the battery lasted about nine days before needing to be recharged. The best thing, though, is that the Harmony 1000 comes with a rechargeable dock that will keep the battery topped off while keeping it in a safe place. The other remotes last for a couple of months before needing to be replaced, but they do nothing near what the Harmony 1000 does as far as it's daily operation.