Logitech Harmony 900 Review – The Universal Remote Control for Literally Anything!
by - Casey Nolan | 4 years ago
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This handy remote control is exactly what you always wished for; a universal access device that lets you control all your electronic devices from a distance. And yes, the Logitech Harmony 900 even lets you control the “out of sight” devices because of its powerful signal reception.
That’s why I had a reason to write my review, because had it been a regular remote control with limited functionality, I wouldn’t have bothered in the first place. I do have one complain though, I wish I could control people with Logitech Harmony 900 remote; it would have been so much fun. Sigh…
The Good Stuff Just Gets Better with Logitech Harmony 900 Universal Remote Control:
To be honest, Logitech Harmony 900 Remote is a $200+ remote control. It is universal, so you literally expect it to be flexible enough to control almost anything. And why wouldn’t you – I mean, you are spending your money in not just a damn remote that would only control your TV or Blu-ray disc player.
Logitech has stated down the Harmony 900 universal remote control features as:
- It has complete RF (Radio Frequency) to let you control “out of sight” devices. Even the ones that are hidden behind wooden doors or inside cabinets, you can control them all with a push of a button.
- The Harmony 900 remote comes with a recharging dock – no more hassle of replacing batteries every now and then.
- Touch screen, and that too, in colored mode, makes the remote control worth the price tag. There are sculpted backlit buttons that glow in the dark. So if you are planning to watch a movie in a dimly lit romantic setup, or just a porn with the lights turned off, while your parents are sleeping the next room, the Logitech Harmony 900 remote will let you have it!
- This one remote control replaces almost 15 other remote controls in the market. All thanks to its customization options, you can program all your device access in this beauty – once and for all.
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So that’s it? The features end right there or is there anything else that you need to know about this remote? Of course, that’s not it. I am going to go into a complete evaluation process. This is to ensure that nothing about the Logitech Harmony 900 universal remote gets left out. Oh no sir, I’m not gonna let you buy the Harmony 900 just like that – you have to know what this thing is really made for.
The Bad Stuff about Logitech Harmony 900 Remote:
To be honest, despite of their flawlessness, many tech devices are not perfect. In case, you are a hardcore Logitech fan, I do apologize beforehand. I just don’t want you to stab me with a rusty fork just because I stated down some of the cons of Logitech Harmony 900 remote control.
So here goes. The following cons of this remote are based on my experience with it. You have the right to disagree with me totally. I won’t be offended at all.
- Upgrading: If you are looking to upgrade your old Logitech Harmony 880 Remote to the Logitech Harmony 900 Universal Remote via software, forget about it. As a matter of fact, upgrading or transferring your old universal remote settings to this device is not possible.
You are expected to start from the scratch. In some instances, programming a universal remote, such as the Logitech Harmony 900 could be useful. I mean maybe Logitech didn’t make it compatible with reverse upgrades is probably because they wanted to avoid any software or setting conflicts.
But for a guy like me who has different Logitech remote controls, it took me 2 hours to set things up on this bitch. Excuse me for the strong word. But just to warn you in advance, if you have older Harmony series models, don’t expect the Harmony 900 to receive your old remotes’ settings.
The Buttons on Logitech Harmony 900 Remote Control are All Touch Based
- Macro Customization: Macro customization works fine. For immediately starting or ending an activity on your remote control, you only have to define a few shortcuts. I’m sure that some of you are not familiar with macro key programming for anything. Even I wasn’t familiar with it until I started playing World of Warcraft. I had to use Bongo software to program all my keys and stuff.
- Remote Control Slide Show: They replaced the slide show on older versions of the Logitech Harmony remote control series with a sleep timer on this one. I guess, Logitech wanted something different this time, that’s why they did it.
- Two Sided Stickers Suck: This isn’t really a con and it is not directly related to the Logitech Harmony 900 universal remote control. However, I did get irritated when I was trying to fix the mini blasters to my AV cabinet shelf.
You see, these mini blasters come with the remote control. There are stickers, the ones that have sticky side on both sides. I stuck the blasters to the panes of my AV cabinet but it didn’t work. They kept falling off, until I had to use my own double sided tape, which was slightly better.
- Key Sensitivity: in direct comparison with the Logitech Harmony 800 and the Logitech Harmony 880, the 900 keys are a little insensitive to touch. The whole idea of creating a touch based device is to make its sensitivity accurate. In this device’s case, particularly the arrow keys are a little tough.
Maybe Logitech notched down the sensitivity because they didn’t want people to accidentally press the keys. This is a good thing in many instances, where you have many people sitting on the same couch and there’s always the fear of butt dialing!
Logitech Harmony 900 Review | Complete Evaluation and Verdict:
Okay, first thing’s first, if you have bought the new and unused Logitech Harmony 900 after going through its reviews at Amazon, it will arrive with a well partitioned box. The contents of this box are:
Logitech Harmony 900 Box Contents
- 1 X Logitech Harmony 900 Universal Remote Control
- 1 X Logitech Logitech Harmony Charging Base
- 1 X Logitech Harmony 900 Compliant Charging Battery
- 1 X Logitech Master Blaster (IR Enabled / Infrared)
- 2 Mini Blasters
- 2 X Power Adapters (One is for IR Blaster and One is for Charger)
- 1 X USB Cable (5 Ft. Approx. Length)
- 1 X Multilanguage Logitech Harmony 900 Manual
Setting up the Harmony 900 remote control is easy. It is as easy as changing the battery of a toy car. You really can’t miss out on anything here. Upon first usage, I would recommend that you charge the device for at least 5 – 6 hours before using it right away. I know it is a little hard to be patient with a brand new device that you just received, but it is worth it.
Setting Up the Harmony 900 Logitech Remote is Easy as Pie
So what exactly does this remote control do? For starters, the Logitech Harmony 900 remote is made for all kinds of people in your family. Even if you have a little kid who barely knows how to use a remote control, this device is an all-in-one entertainment package for him/her. The less technical members of your family, such as your granny, who blames everything on the government, can use this remote too.
The first thing you will notice about this remote is as followed:
- It has a big screen with different icons on it. There are applications that you can install and directly access from shortcuts on the screen.
- Radio Frequency is a nice feature that lets you set up all the configuration, without pointing the remote control towards the device in question. Let’s say, you are in the mood for watching TV. You just click the “Watch TV” shortcut on Logitech Harmony 900 universal remote and viola! The TV will turn on, granted that it was in sleep mode.
- The blasters will convert all your remote’s RF signals into Infrared signals so that nothing goes interrupted.
- There happens to be a row of 4 different colored buttons on the Harmony 900. These are your ABCD command buttons. I have these buttons on my Sony TV remote control. Each color corresponds to a different function.
According to my evaluation, this remote has a great ergonomic shape. It is light and gives a tactile feeling to the owner. The high resolution colored touch screen of the Logitech Harmony 900 just makes it better to have that sense of “control” – if you know what I’m talking about. Just imagine yourself in a future with a handy dandy remote control that lets you control more than just a TV set.
If you saw the retailer guy demoing this remote control, I know you must have been impressed. Roughly, this one remote control replaces my Bluray disc player, my AV receiver, the satellite receiver, PS3, the Xbox 360 and etc. I’ve never felt like using my original remote controls that came with the devices long ago.
Now if you are worried about Logitech Harmony 900 compatibility issues with old TV sets, you don’t have to think again. I saw this guy at Amazon; he was asking if the Logitech Harmony 900 Universal Remote will work with his 7 year old Sony TV model.
What surprised me was this answer that someone wrote in response to his question:
“Yeah dude, the Logitech Harmony 900 remote will work with your old Sony TV. How do I know this? It’s because it works with my 23 year old Television!”
From an overall perspective, you will get a fleeting sense of satisfaction whenever using this remote. Now obviously, you will be setting up all the programmable devices to work with this remote. Assuming that you are going to switch to your audio system, right after 15 minutes of watching sports on the TV, the Logitech Harmony 900 will automatically switch off the last know device. It is that much intelligent – you just have to nudge it in the right direction.
Your interaction with this remote control is based on “activities”. Now I did talk about those hard buttons that are particularly resistant to touch input. You can set up these “hard” buttons to control various functions.
Now if you want to turn off or turn on all your devices at once, you just have to define the “activity” on the Logitech Harmony 900 remote. From then on, it’ll just take one press of a button and everything will turn off. At times, this remote control software does get a little confused about the last known status of your devices. In this case, you can press the “Help” button, which will take the Logitech Harmony 900 to the troubleshooting mode.
In troubleshooting mode, this remote automatically tries to highlight the problem. You can even tell the harmony 900 “Hey, I know how to fix this” by interacting with it!
About Casey Nolan
Hello everyone, I am Bilal Malik AKA 'Casey Nolan'; Head Editor and owner of 'Infinarium.Com'. For product reviews, article requests, recommendations, or if you just want to get something off your chest, send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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