I'm looking into getting a remote for my system. I looked into the logitech harmony 1100 and the harmony link. I need something to control my reciever, ps3, cable, and dvd player. Any suggestions or experience with either logitech remote?
Not with those two specific remotes but I have the Harmony One (for four years) and the Harmony 900 (almost a full year) in different rooms. I like both of them.
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I like my Harmony One. It does have a fully programmable touch screen, but I wouldn't want to do without the buttons. Touch screen only would get annoying I think because screen has to be on to work, and you need to tilt it/shake it to get it on.. buttons always work, and they work by tactile feel.
I use it as my only remote in the main viewing room to control: receiver, u-verse, bluray, plasma, projector, projector screen.
I've programmed a bunch of macros to control the devices. When I first pick up the remove, I see the "activities screen" that lists my options: TV on Plasma, TV on projector, BluRay on Plasma, BluRay on Projector, PS3 on TV, PS3 on Projector. Press the button, remote takes care of the rest.
Example, I press TV on Plasma. Turns plasma on, turns uverse on, turns receiver on and switches to "cab/sat" input. If I'm done and want to watch a bluray on the projector, I go back to activities screen and press BluRay on Projector.. turns TV off, turns uverse off, turns projector on, lowers screen, switches receiver to "bluray/dvd" input.
Logitech remotes definitely have a shelf life though. After 5 or so years (not sure how Long I've owned it), the internal accelerometer is showing some age, and sometimes it takes a more aggressive shake to wake it up and get the screen to turn on. My brother said the same about his. Just a subtle annoyance at this point, and not a big deal but I suspect eventually I'll have to replace it.
It has not been abused, as far as I can tell (the occasional drop )
I like how the Logitech remotes work, though, and will likely replace the 850 with the new 900.
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Up to you. A couple sticky buttons are really a non-issue to me.. only happens due to years of non use (I guess I don't press 9 very often). Having buttons in general is a big up side to me. I like having channel numbers, channel/volume control, and DVR control all readily available without having to deal with the touch screen. I use the touch screen to switch activities, and for "buttons" that don't physically exist on the remote, such as DVR "delete", quick access to "VOD", changing receiver inputs manually, etc. Once you program the devices into the remote, it gives you all the buttons from that device's real remote on the touch screen.
Looks like the 1100 does have RF controls, which is a plus if you can utilize it. Lesser models such as the Harmony One are stuck with IR only unless you buy a separate RF module.
I picked up the 650 (iirc) for about $60 a few months ago. Set up to run the TV, Xbox, BR, HT. However, it doesn't run the DirecTV, and I haven't sat down to figure out why. There are some quirks with the remote; I probably have to redo the sync. It has a hard time switching between HDMI1 and HDMI2 when going from TV to video games.
My g/f's brother has the Ultimate Behemoth Logitech (all touchscreen one) and wants to trade, because he doesn't like his (or probably it's getting long in the tooth and he wants to dirty trade).
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I finally got to stop by BB. I spoke with one of the magnolia guys and he said the 1100 sux. It gets returned often. He recommend the Harmony One or the 950. I asked about the harmony link he said he didnt remember any returns.
Im going to cross the 1100 from my list. Im hearing to many bad things about it. I going to look into link or the 950.
You mean Harmony 900? Don't think they make a 950.
The 900 is very similar to the One but much more expensive, with the addition of RF capabilities (One is IR only), "programmable buttons", and "programmable touch screen buttons."
I don't know what they mean by programmable touch screen buttons.. I can create new touch screen buttons for any device on my Harmony One, and program them with whatever functionality I want. I created a "device" in my One for my powered projector screen, and made touch screen buttons for it that say "stop", "up", and "down" that perform obvious functions, and I used the IR learning feature to teach the One how to perform them.
Personally I think the Link will be annoying for the same reasons I wouldn't want an 1100.
I meant 900 sorry. I checked out reviews of the link system your right it's in the same class as the 1100. Looks like it is between the one and the 900!
i did find this though
It looks cool.
All my gear is in a bdi cabinet would i need RF? or is IR ok?
This is even better and easier to use minus when they update and it bricks out and you have to contact customer service to get your remote working again .....
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Definitely planning to replace it in the not too distant future, going back to have 4 or 5 different remotes would suck.
+1 on harmony and macros for predefined activities being very important
+1 on the buttons sticking (volume up is done).
I think it is a harmony 8** something,
I really didnt use it that much over the last 4 years for it to fail
another cool thing is you just tell it what model receiver and cable box you have it figures it out, no IR to IR learning crap.
I have a Logitech Harmony 650, I love it and have no problems,
when it falls on the floor while I am watching tv, and the remote somehow resets itself, and I can no longer send logical inputs to any devices. If, for example, you are watching tv and have this happen to you, and you try to press "watch tv" in an attempt to regain control, it will act as if you hit the "all off" button, and start turning crap off.
Solution? Cover the IR output window with your finger and press "watch tv" (or whatever button that coincides with whatever you were doing prior to dropping it), and keep it covered for about 15 seconds. Then things will be back to normal.
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I've had my Harmony 880 for several years, about 6 years. My wife had one and it took a lot of abuse and finally lost the USB port to reprogram it and the volume up button went out.
The thing I like about the Harmony is the fact that you can download the program and log in on any computer to program the remote. I got a new computer and didn't have to swap anything over from the old one. Also I called tech support for something a while ago and they remotely programmed the remote. All I had to do was update the remote.
The 880 is kind of dated looking now with all the whiz bang new ones out there but it gets the job done. Until this one goes out I'll use it til the wheels fall off. I also have a spare parts one I swapped a screen from due to my toddler and his "throw anything daddy says not to play with
My Harmony 700 is still serving me great although the black paint is rubbing off some of the buttons.
Honestly, the next upgrade for me would be to get one running over RF. Infrared can be annoying when your TV has a 8 sec power-on delay. Or you Comcast cable box IR sensor is buried a half inch behind the front window.
The wakeup sensor (accelerometer? I dunno) in my Harmony One is really kicking the bucket.. after 4? 5? years. But it doesn't matter because touching the touch screen also wakes it up.. and since the only reason you need to wake it up IS to use the touch screen, it's really a non-issue.