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Refurbished - Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote - 966193-0403

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Once programed it worked flawlessly, Programming may take 15min. to a couple of hours depending on what equipment you need to control.

-Gus quote

After years of using my favorite universal remote, the MX-500, I decided it was time to move up to something better. The biggest problem with my old remote was that it wasn't "stateful". By that I mean that it didn't remember which devices were on or off. This made it difficult to program macros to switch between devices, or even turn everything in my AV system off with a single click. THE GOOD: The Harmony 890 does a great job of solving this problem. Once you program the remote, it asks you to turn off every device in your system. After that, it always knows what it has turned on or off. This is the single best feature of the remote. At last a single "Watch Tivo" button will turn all the appropriate components on or off regardless of what I as doing before. The other feature that I really like about this remote is the tilt glow sensor. You can set the remote to turn on the backlighting whenever you grab it. That's a lot more convenient than trying to find the "glow" button in a darkened room. The online programming is pretty nice since you can save an hour of pointing each of your old remotes at the Harmony to program it. It wasn't the most important feature for me, but I can see how it might be for people that are intimidated or annoyed by having to program a universal remote. The RF transmitter is nice for custom home theater setups or multi-room use, but that didn't apply to me so I can't comment on that feature. THE BAD: As much as a I wanted to love this remote, I just couldn't get past the terrible usability. The directional pad and "OK" button are in the perfect position on this remote. Everything starts to go downhill from there. The volume and channel buttons are in a decent position, but a little on the small side. The mute button is too much of a stretch for one-handed operation. This brings me to the menu/guide/play/pause/ff/rew cluster. These buttons are in a terrible position with the worst layout. In order to use these buttons, you have to reposition the remote in your hand to hold the very bottom of it. Even then, it doesn't feel very natural. And if you want to go back to the directional pad, you have to readjust the way you hold the remote. If you are a regular Tivo user, you will instantly hate the Harmony 890 just because of this. It's like going from touch-typing to "hunt and peck". Conclusion: Logitech spent too much time making this remote look sleek and not enough time making it usable. Some people might be willing to put up with this annoyance for the other conveniences of the remote. Just ask youself this: When you are paying this much money for a remote control, should you really have to put up with anything?

-MX-500 User quote

Great Remote!!!

by Gus on 3/1/2006

Once programed it worked flawlessly, Programming may take 15min. to a couple of hours depending on what equipment you need to control.

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by Brett on 4/17/2007

I think you should include this with every home surround system. The best remote I have ever used.

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Product Overview

Get ready to hide the stereo, the DVD player, game station, and even your cable box. Maintain a sleek, neat look—and stop contorting to get your remote to line up just right—with the one-touch remote that sees through cabinet doors and works from up to 100 feet away.


Manufacturer Logitech
Mfg Part# 966193-0403
SKU 202145734
UPC 097855036889
UPC 14 00097855036889
Refurbished Yes
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No Line of Sight Needed: You can put your components in the cabinet or even the next room.
100-Foot Range: Go ahead and build the big media room.
One-Touch Control: Choose the activity you want to do, not the component you want to turn on.
Up to 15 Components: Control video, audio, gaming—even lights and appliances.
Learning Port: Add favorite functions from an old remote just by pointing it at your Harmony.
Charging Station: Put your remote in its own home and forget about changing batteries.
Comfort-Grip Shape: Hold on comfortably and reach all the buttons with ease.
Fully Backlit Controls and LCD Display: Navigate even in movie-theater darkness.
Help Button: Confused? Let the Help Button figure it out for you. (No one else has one.)
Online Wizard: Plug into a USB port and walk right through initial setup or adding
Incredible Compatibility: From laser disc to Blu-Ray disc, find your components in our 175,000-device database equipment.
Tech Specs
System Requirements
Microsoft Windows 2000, XP or Vista
USB port
CD-ROM drive
Internet access
Macintosh OS X 10.3 or later
USB port
CD-ROM drive
Internet access
Package Contents
Harmony 890 remote control
Charging station
Harmony RF wireless extender
USB cable
2 AC adapters
4 dual-IR emitters
Lithium-ion battery
Installation CD
Installation guide
1-year limited hardware warranty

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