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Logitech Harmony 555 Universal Remote - £26.99 from Logitech Direct
Logitech Harmony 555 Universal Remote - £26.99 from Logitech Direct

Logitech Harmony 555 Universal Remote - £26.99 from Logitech Direct

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Logitech are selling the Harmony 555 direct for only £29.99 + £7.32 shipping (But use code "WECARE10" for free shipping and 10% more off)

Sounds like a great deal to me considering i just paid £36 for the 525 from Richer Sounds...

EDIT:

As pointed out by cutthroat_jake, you can use the code "WECARE10" to get this for £26.99 (with free shipping!).

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Original Poster

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can these be used for sky boxes?

They work with virtually everything

george__johnson

can these be used for sky boxes?



Yes I have one and it works fine with Sky.

It actually also can learn IR commands so you could use it on pretty much any electronics hardware ever invented.

The only problem with it is after 2 years of use of mine around 3/4 of the buttons have become unresonsive.

I am looking to buy the 600 model but am having a hard time justifying the purchase after such a short time of buying the 555.

Looks like a good deal. Does this have a dedicated AV input button? I bought a remote recently from Aldi or Lidl that was all singing all dancing and I can't get the AV input to work on my TV. I don't have the original remote and the TV is rediculously slow at swapping inputs, so I was hoping it would be quicker via remote.

Excellent remote.

Original Poster

fishmaster

Looks like a good deal. Does this have a dedicated AV input button? I … Looks like a good deal. Does this have a dedicated AV input button? I bought a remote recently from Aldi or Lidl that was all singing all dancing and I can't get the AV input to work on my TV. I don't have the original remote and the TV is rediculously slow at swapping inputs, so I was hoping it would be quicker via remote.



You can make one - Everything about it is customisable - it'll even learn from an existing remote, or download it online.
Edited by: "razord" 11th Aug 2010

thanks

I have a 525, what is the difference between these two remotes.

Best piece of kit I have invested in bar none in the past few years.

My harmony controls....
Sky HD box
PS3 (with logitech adaptor)
Blu ray player
XBOX 360
Virgin Box

One touch controls make it so user friendly.

Example I press the 'Watch Sky HD' activity button and the remote automatically
Turns the TV on
Turns the Sky box on
Selects the correct input for Sky on the TV
This is all done with one press, all ready to watch!!



I will never be without a harmony ever again.

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Slider09

I have a 525, what is the difference between these two remotes.



Orange backlight, 2 extra buttons, and 5 more devices..

Amazing remote. Haven't found anything it cannot do yet and believe me I have tried. At that price they are a bargain.

There's a seller on eBay looking 170 for these!

Slider09

I have a 525, what is the difference between these two remotes.



I think its just the number or devices they can control and a couple of buttons less on the remote.

13cats

There's a seller on eBay looking 170 for these!



i saw that, and someone actually bought one of them!

In my house they control simultaneously:

Samsung LED TV
Sony AV Amp
Apple Universal Dock
Sky + HD Box
Sony Blueray Player
Inverto Freeview + Box

The 525 looks better imo but this is a good deal.

I got the 525 a couple of months ago and it's brilliant so I can only assume this one is too!

fishmaster

Looks like a good deal. Does this have a dedicated AV input button? I … Looks like a good deal. Does this have a dedicated AV input button? I bought a remote recently from Aldi or Lidl that was all singing all dancing and I can't get the AV input to work on my TV. I don't have the original remote and the TV is rediculously slow at swapping inputs, so I was hoping it would be quicker via remote.



The Harmony remotes work a bit differently, and has the concept of activities. For example, on mine I have "Watch HTPC", "Watch HTPC (with amp)", "Watch Freesat", "Watch Freeview". Selecting one of the activities from the LCD buttons turns the relevant items of/off, and sets the inputs accordingly. Within each activity you control what each button does (it downloads presets from the internet), at the top of the remote is a LCD with 4 buttons, again you can customize these to do whatever you want.

So no, it doesn't have a dedicated AV button. But you really shouldn't need one.

This remote is excellent, it takes a while to setup, and the web interface you use can be at times annoying. But it's worth it.

Edited by: "ashleypride" 11th Aug 2010

fishmaster

Looks like a good deal. Does this have a dedicated AV input button? I … Looks like a good deal. Does this have a dedicated AV input button? I bought a remote recently from Aldi or Lidl that was all singing all dancing and I can't get the AV input to work on my TV. I don't have the original remote and the TV is rediculously slow at swapping inputs, so I was hoping it would be quicker via remote.



If you're tv remote never had a dedicated button to directly chose an input - then no.

It's not a miracle from the gods, it is a replacement for all your other remotes, you can only do what was intended with the original remote. I own 2 bloody fantastic things they are.

would recommend the 525 over this (unless you have more than 10 devices!)

the two extra buttons on the 555 are not remap-able and when pressed stop everything else working until user looks at screen and presses the same one again. terrible design imho! get the 525.

gluke21



All-in-ones baffle me.
Is this one idiot proof ?

I have one of these and it works well. One thing though, it eats batteries at a rate of about 4 sets of Duracell Plus batteries (4 x AAAs) per year. I've had mine for several years now and all the buttons are still fine.

gluke21

All-in-ones baffle me.Is this idiot proof ?



Definately not idiot proof!!!

If you have 4-5 different remotes you want to replace with this, it will take an hour or so to set it up to how you want after that you will have to spend 10 mins showing the idiot how to switch to each "activity" and they should be all set.

gluke21

All-in-ones baffle me.Is this idiot proof ?



No, it takes quite a bit of setup. Once it's working to your setup though its great.

ronmanager

I have one of these and it works well. One thing though, it eats … I have one of these and it works well. One thing though, it eats batteries at a rate of about 4 sets of Duracell Plus batteries (4 x AAAs) per year. I've had mine for several years now and all the buttons are still fine.



Yeah, I use rechargeable hybrids batteries last about 3 months.
Edited by: "ashleypride" 11th Aug 2010

ronmanager

I have one of these and it works well. One thing though, it eats … I have one of these and it works well. One thing though, it eats batteries at a rate of about 4 sets of Duracell Plus batteries (4 x AAAs) per year. I've had mine for several years now and all the buttons are still fine.



Just use rechargeables, I got a load of non charge holding ones and they need to be recharged every few months.

ronmanager

I have one of these and it works well. One thing though, it eats … I have one of these and it works well. One thing though, it eats batteries at a rate of about 4 sets of Duracell Plus batteries (4 x AAAs) per year. I've had mine for several years now and all the buttons are still fine.



You should use the new rechargeables that hold
up to 90% of their charge for around a year. They
would save you money in no time.

Does it have a dock? is it rechargable?

Smiff

would recommend the 525 over this (unless you have more than 10 … would recommend the 525 over this (unless you have more than 10 devices!)the two extra buttons on the 555 are not remap-able and when pressed stop everything else working until user looks at screen and presses the same one again. terrible design imho! get the 525.



Do you mean the "picture" and "sound" button?

If you do then I'd have to disagree, and why are you looking at the screen? If you have an AV receiver those buttons are essential for setting things like the sound field\Dolby PLII etc

TheOvenglove

Does it have a dock? is it rechargable?



No, unlike the higher spec Harmonys this doesn't have dock or use lithiums (Which to me is a bonus).

TheOvenglove

Does it have a dock? is it rechargable?



No and no, it takes 4 x AAA batteries, no need for a dock or anything silly. Just use rechargeables and they last a few months.

TheOvenglove

Does it have a dock? is it rechargable?



Hmm it isn't. any idea how long the batteries last?

robo989

Definately not idiot proof!!!If you have 4-5 different remotes you want … Definately not idiot proof!!!If you have 4-5 different remotes you want to replace with this, it will take an hour or so to set it up to how you want after that you will have to spend 10 mins showing the idiot how to switch to each "activity" and they should be all set.



Is the idiot me? or is it a setting, 'cos I really am useless with these.

TheOvenglove

Hmm it isn't. any idea how long the batteries last?




lol thanks!

used to have the harmony one... till i sat back on the display and cracked the screen... gutted

I would love to have one of these but just remembered my AV systems remote is RF not IR so this wouldn't work on it GUTTED . But voted hot hot hot.

robo989

Do you mean the "picture" and "sound" button?If you do then I'd have to … Do you mean the "picture" and "sound" button?If you do then I'd have to disagree, and why are you looking at the screen? If you have an AV receiver those buttons are essential for setting things like the sound field\Dolby PLII etc



yeah, but if you dont mess with picture/sound settings, they're a pain the **** and they move the mute and back buttons to different places (if you also have 515/525s)

A great remote, love mine - anyone that says it takes more than a few minutes to add devices to it is a numpty, the only criticism I have of it is that the buttons make a 'clicking' sound when you press them down and are not silent which can be a bit irratating. Otherwise a bargain at £30 for controlling 15 devices

not that i am getting one (missus wouldn't allow im sure) i see that it does 'activities'
does that mean its toggles the state of the item to its opposite or it monitors the state and changes as needed.
eg if activity needs tv on and its already on will it do nothing or just switch it off?
Edited by: "brilly" 11th Aug 2010



Yeah,
niceblokedave

I would love to have one of these but just remembered my AV systems … I would love to have one of these but just remembered my AV systems remote is RF not IR so this wouldn't work on it GUTTED . But voted hot hot hot.

robo989

Do you mean the "picture" and "sound" button?If you do then I'd have to … Do you mean the "picture" and "sound" button?If you do then I'd have to disagree, and why are you looking at the screen? If you have an AV receiver those buttons are essential for setting things like the sound field\Dolby PLII etc



Yeah, it is annoying when you press the buttons and they haven't got any options configured. Would be nice if it just ignored the keypress instead.
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