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Logitech Harmony 600 5-in-1 Universal Remote Control £29.99 @ Play
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#1
very good price
1 Like #2
Very good price, but AVOID these remotes. I have a 2 year old Harmony 515 & it's on its last legs because the volume buttons no longer work. I've read reports of other, more expensive remotes in the Harmony range suffering this problem. The technology used for the switches in the remote is mixed. Most of the buttons are the traditional 'dead flesh' rubber with a conductive surface but some - like the most frequently used ones which click - they're domes of bent tin stuck onto the board with sticky backed plastic. They wear out. All switches eventually wear out, but bits of bent tin will bite the dust long before the traditional conductive rubber mats used in ordinary remotes.

That's the physical side out of the way. The software they give you to configure the remote itself is AWFUL. You might think that a good minimum delay for keypresses would be a tenth of a second but in real terms it can make these remotes seem very slow to use compared to say, a model from OneForAll.

Finally, these 'activity' based remotes are *great* if the devices you're controlling have discrete input codes - I mean - your TV has different codes for AV1, AV2, HDMI1, HDMI2 etc not a system where you press one button & it steps through them. Because if it doesn't have discrete codes you have to put in workarounds to get the devices to switch to the right input for the right activity, and this process slows things down immensely. These remotes, contrary to the advertising blurb, are not necessarily the answer to all your remote control problems.
#3
juski
Very good price, but AVOID these remotes. I have a 2 year old Harmony 515 & it's on its last legs because the volume buttons no longer work. I've read reports of other, more expensive remotes in the Harmony range suffering this problem. The technology used for the switches in the remote is mixed. Most of the buttons are the traditional 'dead flesh' rubber with a conductive surface but some - like the most frequently used ones which click - they're domes of bent tin stuck onto the board with sticky backed plastic. They wear out. All switches eventually wear out, but bits of bent tin will bite the dust long before the traditional conductive rubber mats used in ordinary remotes.

That's the physical side out of the way. The software they give you to configure the remote itself is AWFUL. You might think that a good minimum delay for keypresses would be a tenth of a second but in real terms it can make these remotes seem very slow to use compared to say, a model from OneForAll.

Finally, these 'activity' based remotes are *great* if the devices you're controlling have discrete input codes - I mean - your TV has different codes for AV1, AV2, HDMI1, HDMI2 etc not a system where you press one button & it steps through them. Because if it doesn't have discrete codes you have to put in workarounds to get the devices to switch to the right input for the right activity, and this process slows things down immensely. These remotes, contrary to the advertising blurb, are not necessarily the answer to all your remote control problems.

Just to balance this. I have a 525 and it is easily best remote I have ever had. Would like one of the Linn ones but they are over £6000
#4
I wouldnt mind getting one but keep hearing conflicting reports about them...
Worth a punt do you think?
#5
%$&**&^&*!!!!!! paid £40 for mine just last week, great remote.
#6
Good price - I have a 650 and 700 which are basically the same just with a colour screen. This one has a black and white screen but as you usually just have text for the four buttons on the screen I don't think it matters too much. They have a good range and work over a wide angle - in fact I replaced a Samsung LCD TV remote with one of these simply because the Samsung remote had a very limited angle. The buttons have a good responsive feel and the remote is nicely shaped to fit in the hand - much better than the older style Harmony remotes.
1 Like #7
OK, I'll try to give a balanced review. I have a Harmony One. Just purchased a Harmony 650. Used to have a Harmony 525 abd have setup a Harmony 600 for my parents. From this, you can gather that I think they are quite good.

In terms of build quality. They appear to be much more solid than the One4All and Philips remotes. They use higher quality plastics and are generally better quality than the original remotes provided with equipment. However, they do have reliability issues. The first Harmony 600 remote that I bought for my parents only worked intermitently and had to be returned for replacement. My Harmony One's screen went fully white and Logitech had to send me a replacement. My original Harmony 525 had a button fall out. However, Logitech support have been second to none in dealing with these problems.

In terms of setup. They do take a lot of patience to setup properly. I am an experienced old-hand at this now and expect to take 3-4 hours to completely setup a new remote exactly how I want it for even a fairly straightforward configuration (1 hour initially followed by a few hours of tweaking). However, what you get at the end is a complete ability to ditch your old remotes and quite often you get quicker access to key functions than was available from the original remote.

If you have the patience and skills to setup the remote properly, they are a brilliant purchase that you will never regret buying. If you get frustrated with technology and don't enjoy tinkering with things like this, you will be cursing the purchase and probably go back to using the original remotes. This is why you get such divergent views.
1 Like #8
It's worth stating that there are currently two ways of setting up this remote - you can use the MyHarmony website or download some PC/Mac software. The MyHarmony website setup is pretty intuitive and you can quickly get the remote configured however it is missing a number of more advanced features (including simple ones like renaming an activity) so I ended up using the downloaded software instead but you do have to start again with the configuration.
#9
many thanks.. after thinking i ordered 1.. fed up using 3 remote at one time.. hope this will ease things up.. next cheapest i found for this is at Amazon at 45quid!!
#10
Voted hot!
#11
49.99 now
#12
its back down to £29.99 now :)
#13
Seems to be back in stock.
#14
ordered on, came yesterday, works really well
#15
Still available.
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