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Logitech Harmony 515 Remote £29.99 at play.com

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6y, 11m agoFound 6 years, 11 months ago
Follow up for the Harmony 555, Couldn't get one in time and can't get out to get a 525 from PC world (snowed in :()

The 515 is £30 at play.com though. If you know what they are like you will know the usefulness, if not

http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/remotes/universal_remotes/devices/4738&cl=au,en

Check if it's compatible with your kit:
http://myremotesetup.com/EasyZapper/New/Main.asp?WebProcessAction=Start&ReturnUrl=%2FEasyZapper%2F.%2FNew%2FProcSpice%2Flanding.asp&ClassId=PrSpice.ProcSpice&RelativePath=ProcSpice%2F

Shows up as compatible with both TVs I have :)
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#1
Good price - works well if you have five or less devices that need controlling. Includes the colour buttons which is useful for text services (some Harmony remotes don't include this).
#2
Just thought I'd mention that Dixons.co.uk currently has the 555 for £45.
Product number: 701888
#3
rasmithuk
Just thought I'd mention that Dixons.co.uk currently has the 555 for £45.
Product number: 701888


Out of stock, hence the deal
#4
finlay666
Out of stock, hence the deal


no, the 525 is out of stock, the 555 is in stock
#5
Great price, great remote, if you are hesitating don't it really is that good.
#6
Looks like a hot deal!
#7
The higher spec Harmony 525 is only £10 more at Amazon or PC World and the 555 is only £15 more at Dixons and either of these would be my choice. £30 is about as cheap as you are going to get for a Harmony Remote. Voted Hot!
#8
tapi
no, the 525 is out of stock, the 555 is in stock


Yes you are right and this looks a lot better than the silver 515 in my opinion.
#9
I'd really like a remote that can control the PC's media player functions, as I use tv-out regularly. ATI Remote Wonder was rubbish as it had a weak signal and had some radio wire you leave out, (had to aim the remote behind me to make it work). Does this Harmony have PC support?
#10
I've just purchased the 555 from Amazon, thanks to the OP who posted the Dixons deal, which is back in stock as stated.

I saw the 515 deaI from Play, however, I have 6 remotes and the 515 can only handle 5. The 525 can handle 10 and the 555, 15. The 555 was actually cheaper than the 525 on Amazon yesterday.

aarste, the 555 can handle my Dell Inspiron 1525, so you may be ok?
#11
Well I use a custom built PC, so the Harmory has no means of communicating with it as my PC does not have any IR hardware or such. Perhaps I need to buy something that receives IR signals and processes it through USB. Then getting the actual software (MPC, KMPlayer, etc) is also another stumble I'd have to figure out too.
#12
aarste
Well I use a custom built PC, so the Harmory has no means of communicating with it as my PC does not have any IR hardware or such. Perhaps I need to buy something that receives IR signals and processes it through USB. Then getting the actual software (MPC, KMPlayer, etc) is also another stumble I'd have to figure out too.


wireless keyboard might be easier...

G>
#13
Not knocking the deal, but this is the third time in three weeks this has been posted.

It's been this price for some time, was £25 a couple of months back but this is still a good bargain.
#14
aarste
Well I use a custom built PC, so the Harmory has no means of communicating with it as my PC does not have any IR hardware or such. Perhaps I need to buy something that receives IR signals and processes it through USB. Then getting the actual software (MPC, KMPlayer, etc) is also another stumble I'd have to figure out too.


I use one of these

http://www.computers4-u.co.uk/cyberlinkinfraredmediacentreremotecontrol-p-103.html

I dont know the retailer I linked to just the first result on google shopping. You can get them for around £6 on ebay too and play used to sell them but dont seem to anymore. If you are running linux its a but trickier you have to use lirc or change your keymapping on your media app. On windows its pretty straight forward though.

The remote itself is pretty horrible looking but you can emulate it by choosing powercinema 4 in your harmony set up.
#15
I got this for Xmas and spent an hour faffing about trying to get it working my devices how I wanted and spat the dummy out lol it is a nice piece of kit and you can program it if the device isn't recognised through a teaching cycle.

I'll wait till I'm feeling patient before I try again, works the xbox 360 too which is pretty cool.
#16
Can anyone help?

Which (if any) of the 515,525 and 555 have a rechargeable battery built in?

The logitech website hasn't helped me.
1 Like #17
chris197
Can anyone help?

Which (if any) of the 515,525 and 555 have a rechargeable battery built in?

The logitech website hasn't helped me.


none of them do, they take 4 x AAA
#18
anybody know if these remotes would wourk with a ps3?

If not, can you suggest a good remote for under say £80 that does
#19
Already posted : HERE
#20
I have this remote, controls everything I need it to, and its a really cool looking remote :thumbsup:

2 downsides:
- Not the most durable of remotes - Feels like it would break if you stood on it - unlike any of my other remotes and have heard of the screens cracking on these.
- There is a very short delay between button presses which I don't get on the original remotes - and although it seems minor it does make the remote a little annoying to use especially when your scrolling through channel lists etc.

Just nitpicking, but it is £30!

My favourite remote control is probably my Windows Media Centre remote control!
#21
Can anyone tell me if this is compatible with a Sky plus/hd box?

I see one of the reviewers on the Play site said he used it with his 'Virgin Media V+ box' with no trouble so I guess it would be ok right?
#22
alexandercooper
Yes you are right and this looks a lot better than the silver 515 in my opinion.




so the 555 will be the better option?

can someone do a quick check for me please. Does logitech has Tag Mclaren AV32R (SP) and Tag Mclaren 5x100MR remote code please

Thanks
#23
Noodlewod
anybody know if these remotes would wourk with a ps3?

If not, can you suggest a good remote for under say £80 that does


The Logitech Harmony PS3 Adapter (http://www.logitech.com/index.cfm/remotes/universal_remotes/devices/5732&cl=gb,en) will enable your Logitech Harmony remote to talk to the PS3 in theory. Haven't got this myself but it should work if you read up on it.

The more expensive Logitech remotes have Bluetooth and talk to the PS3 but it is cheaper albeit more fiddly to buy this and the cheap Logitech remote.

Cheers ;-) !
#24
jamesdew
none of them do, they take 4 x AAA


Ta. Repped.
#25
Noodlewod
anybody know if these remotes would wourk with a ps3?

If not, can you suggest a good remote for under say £80 that does


Logitech do an adapter that will allow the PS3 to work with the Harmony range. It's on their website here

http://www.logitech.com/repository/2438/png/17534.1.0.png
#26
aarste
I'd really like a remote that can control the PC's media player functions, as I use tv-out regularly. ATI Remote Wonder was rubbish as it had a weak signal and had some radio wire you leave out, (had to aim the remote behind me to make it work). Does this Harmony have PC support?


Works my Acer laptop fine, you have to programme the remote as a media keyboard.
#28
jamesdew
I use one of these

http://www.computers4-u.co.uk/cyberlinkinfraredmediacentreremotecontrol-p-103.html

I dont know the retailer I linked to just the first result on google shopping. You can get them for around £6 on ebay too and play used to sell them but dont seem to anymore. If you are running linux its a but trickier you have to use lirc or change your keymapping on your media app. On windows its pretty straight forward though.

The remote itself is pretty horrible looking but you can emulate it by choosing powercinema 4 in your harmony set up.


Even better, search eBay for "HP MCE" and you should find a receiver (just the receiver) for about £7. Setup Harmony as an MCE Remote and you have immediate MCE functionality for windows, and plug and play for linux.
#29
Xeijin
Even better, search eBay for "HP MCE" and you should find a receiver (just the receiver) for about £7. Setup Harmony as an MCE Remote and you have immediate MCE functionality for windows, and plug and play for linux.



I don't really see how that is better, it's more expensive and does the same thing. I guess it would be a little simpler for linux users at least.
#30
got one for Christmas, and it rattles... not sure if it is irriating enough to send back...
#31
got a few weeks back and after some fiddly setup with the custom activities im pretty pleased.

Combined 4 devices with some pretty specific functions (like turning volume all way down on tv when using amp ;). Pretty sure I wont need to drag out an individual remote any time soon so serving its purpose perfectly.

Only gripe is if u turn on an individual device manually, and then press the activity button (with auto power enabled) it can turn ur device off thinking its turning it on lol. Can easily be sorted thro the remote's on-screen help tho.

I should say I think I got it for £25 when on play.com wee while ago...
#32
sporting_exodus
Not knocking the deal, but this is the third time in three weeks this has been posted.

It's been this price for some time, was £25 a couple of months back but this is still a good bargain.


It very well may be... But until HUKD fix the sh*tty search function how am I meant to know? Any search is based on the tags that are added from the poster when using the API. I searched for Logitech Harmony 515, I got nothing within 3 months and not at that price.

Excuse me for posting a deal and having to work the best with the software at hand. I searched on my phone while I was out and it didn't show up. :roll:

tapi
no, the 525 is out of stock, the 555 is in stock

http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1659363583.1262562751@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfdadejfhdefeicflgceggdhhmdgml.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=135583&category_oid=-31825
525, out of stock

http://www.dixons.co.uk/martprd/store/dix_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1659363583.1262562751@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfdadejfhdefeicflgceggdhhmdgml.0&page=Product&fm=null&sm=null&tm=null&sku=701888&category_oid=-31825
555, out of stock. Both were out of stock when I posted.
#33
I've got the 520. It's a nightmare. You can't just program it, you have to do it all via the computer. You might spend 4 or 5 hours just getting the basic functions of your equipment mapped - and it's all task oriented (eg "I want to turn on my TV" ). Go read some of the reviews on amazon. This is soul destroying stuff. There are people on the verge of suicide having gone through the set up procedure. I'm thinking of smashing mine up, and I was given it by a mate.. because.. in his words : "it did my head in".

And the buttons are squidgy.
1 Like #34
TurksMeister
got one for Christmas, and it rattles... not sure if it is irriating enough to send back...


That's because it has a movement detector to bring it out of standby when you pick it up. ;-)

It does take a bit of setting up, it took me a few goes but once you have got it to your requirements it's great. Found it much better than the one for all I've got. :thumbsup:
#35
Gitfinger
That's because it has a movement detector to bring it out of standby when you pick it up. ;-)

It does take a bit of setting up, it took me a few goes but once you have got it to your requirements it's great. Found it much better than the one for all I've got. :thumbsup:


I was hoping for an idea like that!

Cheers
#36
JamesSmith
I've got the 520. It's a nightmare. You can't just program it, you have to do it all via the computer. You might spend 4 or 5 hours just getting the basic functions of your equipment mapped - and it's all task oriented (eg "I want to turn on my TV" ). Go read some of the reviews on amazon. This is soul destroying stuff. There are people on the verge of suicide having gone through the set up procedure. I'm thinking of smashing mine up, and I was given it by a mate.. because.. in his words : "it did my head in".

And the buttons are squidgy.


They program things on computers now?
#37
JamesSmith
I've got the 520. It's a nightmare. You can't just program it, you have to do it all via the computer. You might spend 4 or 5 hours just getting the basic functions of your equipment mapped - and it's all task oriented (eg "I want to turn on my TV" ). Go read some of the reviews on amazon. This is soul destroying stuff. There are people on the verge of suicide having gone through the set up procedure. I'm thinking of smashing mine up, and I was given it by a mate.. because.. in his words : "it did my head in".

That is the point... you connect it to a pc to load up the details because it supports far more than just a TV and you can set up macro commands to do multiple things such as turn on a tv, AV receiver and HTPC in one go

JamesSmith

And the buttons are squidgy.


So are people ;-)
#38
finlay666
That is the point... you connect it to a pc to load up the details because it supports far more than just a TV and you can set up macro commands to do multiple things such as turn on a tv, AV receiver and HTPC in one go


Wow!! You can do ALL that with the £5.99 jobs you get in ALDI.. except you don't need to download, register, login, and be led by the hand through one of the most convoluted set up routines ever devised by man.

Want to program a key on the Harmony to do the same as a key on your original remote??

FORGET IT!

No easy learning function.. you've got to go and sit at your computer, add the components to some weird "task" orientated function.. it will ask you 50 times if you're happy with the setup.. then command you to go test it and come back..

blah blah blah (it's actually a whole lot more involved than I have described)

When I tried to add my Topfield recorder.. it had several non-specific model numbers and I had to try EVERY ****ING ONE going through this whole routine of following the programs orders, uploading to remote, going next door to test, returning and erasing that recorder from the "task".. choose another one (several pages of clicking) and repeat....

After two hours I found the right one, then onto the Primare amp... same story

I've owned about 10 universal remotes of all creeds from learning remotes, through to programmable design-your-own-interface PDA type jobs.. and this Logitech is something special.. I mean there are people jumping off rooftops after trying to set up one of these.

I get the distinct impression the developers were thinking... "hmmm... how can we make this as laborious and mind numbing as possible? what other useless steps can we introduce to the set up procedure?" etc

Seriously.. go read the 1 and 2 star reviews on amazon before you spend ur money on this chinese torture device.
#39
JamesSmith
Wow!! You can do ALL that with the £5.99 jobs you get in ALDI.. except you don't need to download, register, login, and be led by the hand through one of the most convoluted set up routines ever devised by man.
I highly doubt the Aldi ones work with my HTPC, TV, AV receiver, Xbox 360 and my Blu Ray player, at once. I doubt even more that I can program one to turn on my HTPC, turn on my AV receiver + set to TV, turn on my TV and set it to the correct channel then pull up the EPG on my HTPC.

Let alone any new devices when I get them

JamesSmith

No easy learning function.. you've got to go and sit at your computer, add the components to some weird "task" orientated function.. it will ask you 50 times if you're happy with the setup.. then command you to go test it and come back..
Actually there is a simple learning function which uses the original remote.

JamesSmith

After two hours I found the right one, then onto the Primare amp... same story
Maybe you should check compatibility before you buy. I'll even do a full timed setup to see how long it takes.

JamesSmith

Seriously.. go read the 1 and 2 star reviews on amazon before you spend ur money on this chinese torture device.

I did, all one of them
http://www.amazon.co.uk/product-reviews/B001FOBSGU/ref=cm_cr_dp_hist_1?ie=UTF8&showViewpoints=0&filterBy=addOneStar
Only gave it 1 star because it broke....

Maybe you just aren't suited to using modern technology?
#40
finlay666
I highly doubt the Aldi ones work with my HTPC, TV, AV receiver, Xbox 360 and my Blu Ray player, at once.


You can take any function off those remotes and map them to any programmable key on the ALDI ones in seconds.


finlay666
I doubt even more that I can program one to turn on my HTPC, turn on my AV receiver + set to TV, turn on my TV and set it to the correct channel then pull up the EPG on my HTPC.


Yep, just program a macro. Takes seconds.

It's got a programmable timer on it too. Does yours??

How about a mute button. Got one of those have you?

finlay666
Let alone any new devices when I get them


The ALDI has a learning facility, to go with the preprogrammed codes. And it costs £5.99 or something - doesn't break easily, and the buttons don't fade in 12 months like these do.

finlay666
Actually there is a simple learning function which uses the original remote.


OK - I was wrong about that, but now I've read up on it, I wouldn't call it simple... normal procedure is point remotes at each other, copy command and test. Done.

With this thing you have to take all your remotes to your computer hook up USB, load up the software do it all through that (does it even allow you to when you're not on the net?), disconnect, return to where you use your remotes and confirm it works... which.. fingers crossed.. it does.. because according to Logitech owners it's very unreliable at learning.. so often you're going to be repeating the whole process again[/QUOTE]


finlay666
Maybe you should check compatibility before you buy.


Maybe you should read what a person writes before responding to them.

I didn't buy it. I was given it by an IT consultant (who thought it was crap and annoying - I agree).

It DOES have all my components preprogrammed, but they were mislabelled, and many of the controls were mislabelled, and some of the functions didn't work well.

Just one example : My Primare amplifer has 6 inputs.. AV/CD/Tuner etc etc. In the Logitech software they are NOT named as they should be, they are numbered arbitrarily from 1 to 6. So I want to program it to turn to CD input.. which number do I go for??? You might expect it to be 5, as it's the 5th input on the amp physically and according to button position.. but not according to Logitech!! I think I got it on the 4th attempt, each time going from room to room, connecting, disconnecting, wading through pages of setup, etc

finlay666
I'll even do a full timed setup to see how long it takes.


He's probably still doing that...



I clearly stated the remote I have is the 520/525, which is a "better" model, and it's still shhhhh
Of 98 reviews on Amazon.. 25% gave it 2 stars or less. I repeat. 25%
[Don't think the 515 was ever sold on Amazon so ur just getting a few stragglers commenting]

One just needs to look at Logitech's own forums, to get a general overview of how hated these remotes are, if they don't happen to coincide with your lifestyle. Probably works fine if you don't mind being nannied, and inflexibility (don't you go using those components discretely now !!)

Good for you if you like yours. Regardless, it's still an inferior product.

finlay666
Maybe you just aren't suited to using modern technology?


No - the true explanation is I have higher standards than you.

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