You have not met a true universal remote control until you have been introduced to Logitech’s Harmony line of remote controls. We’ve had a Harmony in our house for several years, and I will say that the first time I touched the remote it changed my life! The reason is that you have no idea how badly you needed this remote until you start using it.
The way our home theater system is set up in our family room is extremely complicated. We have several systems attached to the TV (DirecTV, Xbox, PS3, Wii, DVD Player, Audio Receiver and an HDMI switcher!) Needless to say if we had to use a separate remote control for each device there would be several to choose from, and we’d have to have a sheet of paper laminated and posted near the TV to try and explain it all.
We recently purchased a new TV for our bedroom, which already had DirecTV hooked up to it, and brought our extra DVD player upstairs to hook up to it. It’s a much simpler setup, and yet I find myself completely frustrated with having to constantly push either “dvd” or “TV” at the top to either change the volume or pause the show. It wouldn’t need a diagram like the downstairs system would, but now it’s just annoying, since I know how much easier it can be.
So what makes Harmony so great?
First, is the setup. When you open the package it comes with the remote, a cable and software. You install the software onto your computer and plug the remote control in with the included USB cable. Next you will enter the devices you own. You need to look on your devices and write down the model numbers of each device. This information is typically located on the back of the machine. Once you have entered each device (TV, DVD Player, Cable box, etc), then you set up different activities. When you create an activity such as “Watch TV” the software will ask you what you want to happen. It will ask you which devices will be used for the activity, and which devices will be used for the various functions. Such as “which device do you use to control the volume”. Once you have created the various activities, you only need to synchronize the remote control. Now your remote is ready to get to work!
This is SO much easier than trying to find different codes for each system, which is how most universal remote controls receive their information. They come with a large book of codes and you have to guess which code to use for each device. Setting up some of the other universal remotes could take HOURS to setup. Once you get them set up, it’s still going to make you select which device you want to control, which you will have to constantly change as you switch devices.
Not only is the initial setup of the remote super easy, upgrading the remote has been even easier! We had a Harmony 880, and when I received the Harmony Onefrom Logitech in the mail, my husband said “Have fun setting it up!” I informed him that I really didn’t have to do anything to set it up except for plug it in and click a couple buttons. I plugged the remote into my computer, and clicked “upgrade remote”. It took all of the settings I already had and loaded them onto the new remote control. It really could not have been more easy, and the new remote was up and controlling our family room in literally MINUTES!
Now that the setup is completed, controlling your home theater setup is so easy. My babysitters love me because I just tell them to push what they want to do. If they want to watch TV, then push “Watch TV”. The remote will do all of the work for you. As soon as “Watch TV” is pressed it will turn the TV on, turn the DirecTV on, and turn the Audio Receiver on. It will then make sure that the TV is set to the HDMI 1 input, and the receiver is set to CBL input. When I press the volume up on the remote it will change the volume on the receiver. When I press guide it will bring the guide up on the DirecTV. I never have to press a button on the remote to change which device I’m trying to control. It will automatically control exactly what I want it to control!
We gave our old Harmony 880 to my Mom and Step-Dad. I went to their house to set it up for them. My Mom had a list of instructions from her husband on how to control the TV/DVD/Cable. I looked at the list and set up the remote according to the specifications on the list. My Mom, who had given up trying to ever watch a DVD if her husband wasn’t around because it was too complicated for her to figure out, now has freedom to watch a DVD whenever she wants! She simply presses “Watch DVD” on her Harmony and she is set to go! She has been raving about it ever since.
With one touch of the remote control it can change everything in your setup, and help you control it without pressing additional buttons, or trying to figure out exactly which buttons need to be pressed. So with one touch of the Harmony Remote it will also change your life and you will say “Where have you been all my life!” The Harmony One is rechargable, and feels GREAT in your hand!
Here’s the GREAT news! Logitech was kind enough to provide me with a Harmony One remote control to facilitate my review AND one to give away!
I will also be having a Twitter party this Wednesday about Kids and Entertainment! Come and sound off your opinions on Kids & TV, Games, Music and Computers! If you participate in the Twitter party you will be entered to win a Harmony 300!
To enter to win the Harmony One ($249 value!), simply comment on this post. To be in accordance with FTC regulations there are no other methods of entry, and you are limited to one entry per person! Good LUCK!
Giveaway will be open until Sunday, August 29th at 8 PM MST.
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I would love to win
More electronic stuff to program and play with.. yaa!!
I had never heard of it. The other half, however (tech geek), response was, “that one you actually should enter” and then trailed off into techno babble about how awesome it is.
Holy cow would this make life LESS complicated! I would love to have this remote! Thanks for the giveaway!
It will be sweet to win this……….
Wow one remote to do everything. No more looking for three remotes to watch TV. That would be GREAT
I would love to win this. I need less remotes around here =-)
This would make our day.
Pick me please!! Would absolutely love to win this!!
This would make my hubby really happy =)
Awsome!! Have never won anything before…would LOVE to win this!! 🙂
Great giveaway, would love to win this!
This remote is awesome!
I would to win this! One of my friends has this and loves it.
Totally SHWEET! That would most definitely simplify my life. I hate it when my hubby calls me at work asking how to work the dvd player or how to use the radio! (Yea, I’m the geek of the family)
Would totally love this! I certainly would also tell all my family and friends about your great products!!!!!!! Please pick me! Thanks! Have a fabuluos day!!
It would be great to only have to keep up with one!!!
This looks amazing! I would be so greatful to win this!
Our biggest challenge is having extra batteries for all of our remotes. It’s like, every time we go to watch a DVD or put on surround sound, one of the remotes needs new batteries! Kind of a killjoy to go into the garage and look for batteries! This remote would be a much-appreciated addition to our household!!
thanks for the giveaway…
My husband would absolutely love this!!! I really hope I win! 🙂
My husband would love this!! Thanks for the chance 🙂
This would be great! One less remote laying around that my 2 year old can’t lose!! 🙂
It would be so great to win!! Would make life a bit easier….
Would love to win this, thanks!
That would be a nice remote to own
My sister has one of these…I would love to win one. Thanks!
Sounds Great!!! Good luck all!!
We would LOVE this remote! I’ve had a hard time finding one that is truly universal and with 3+ remotes in our living room alone for the TV, no one can ever figure out how to turn the TV on! (Not to mention how easily we lose them.)
I would love to win… Or shold I say my husband love me to win this for him!!! LOL!!!
I would love to win. It sounds so easy that even I could use it. Thank you.
I would LOVE to win!!! Thanks for the chance!
Very cool! Would love to win!
I’d love to have this remote, and would make a great birthday gift for my hubby next month. Great birthday price for me this month if I win it!
This sounds very useful. I would love to win it.
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Ok, I’m going for luck on this one. My husband has been wanting one of these for a really long time.
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Would be great to win this. Remotes always breaking and to have just one for everything! wow!
I have seen these in an electronics store but never thought that I’d have a chance to own one… My fingers are crossed! 😀
I would love to win this. We just got rid of cable and the all in one remote it had. Now we have a bunch of different remotes for all our electronic gadgets.
Thank you so much for this giveaway!
I would love to win this. We have way too many remotes.
pick me pick me,i just bought a new tv, pick me pick me!
I’m embarrassed to say… but our remote broke and we no longer have one! For over a year! Haha
this would be great. more people need this i’m sure!
Our family could really use one of these.
It would be great to put an end to the “remote control shuffle”!
Thanks for the chance to win!
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My husband wants this remote so bad.
I’ve had my eye on this shiny little puppy for a while!
What a cool remote! Simplify my life!
Seems like a great remote to juggle all your home media. If only it were like the remote in that Adam Sandler movie..