Logitech Harmony 700 £39.68 Ebuyer
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Logitech Harmony 700 £39.68 Ebuyer

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Found 6th Aug 2012
Cheapest price by about a fiver that I have seen, but is it Wife proof?

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Don't be ridiculous, no remote, however simple to use, is wife-proof.*






*Wife dependent.

definitely not wife proof. My wife keeps looking for the sky remote until I took the batteries out today and put it away. She'll have to learn the 'hard' way.

sorry for a silly question, but why do you need LCD on remote? The menu appears on TV anyway...

stvoritel

sorry for a silly question, but why do you need LCD on remote? The menu … sorry for a silly question, but why do you need LCD on remote? The menu appears on TV anyway...



Activities (one of the main features of Harmony remote's).
Custom buttons - if there isn't a particular button on the main remote create one against the LCD button and give it a custom name, and favourite channels can be added to the LCD buttons (with downloadable channel logos).
There might be other uses but too tired to think of any.....

Richierea

Custom buttons - if there isn't a particular button on the main remote … Custom buttons - if there isn't a particular button on the main remote create one against the LCD button and give it a custom name.


Absolutely essential feature with HTPC's and most AV kit. Most of my button presses are from the screen not from the buttons.

good price hot from me

+£3.58 for delivery (Super Saver).

If anything, I think my wife (girlfriend) is MORE confused by these Harmony devices, rather than less.

If you're sad enough to spend £40 on a remote you'd be the one who's wife proof
Edited by: "martyj999" 9th Aug 2012

If you've got access to the Logitech VIP store you can get it for £39.90 with free shipping and 4% TCH/Quidco

Ebuyer = cold.

I have this remote. It is very good for the one reason that I can safely trust ANYBODY to use my AV kit without coming home to find that something has been left on, turned off incorrectly, set to an input I never knew existed, etc etc.
There is a hardware button labelled "Watch TV", which is the one used most often by my wife, parents-in-law, etc, that simply turns everything on in the right order (TV, AV amp, Sky box, HDMI selector etc), selects the correct input/configuration and leaves the remote in 'Sky' mode, allowing them to use it as if they were holding the Sky remote.
Likewise I have separate Activities setup for Apple TV, PS3, XBOX360, etc, which require each component in my system to be configured differently and the remote is clever enough to know which device is already on if I switch between them.
The Harmony eliminates the confusion for all of these devices as there is only ever one button to press, and if I accidentally point the remote away before it's done, there's a helpful 'Help' button that magically resolves it all by asking "is the TV on?", "Is the Sky box on?" etc.
On the rare occasion that I can't configure the remote myself through the excellent Logitech software I can ring them up and they'll do it for me - really, they do this. All my settings are stored against my account and the next time I sync, any changes they've made for me get sync'd straight to the remote. Genius.
I've gotten so used to this now that when I use one of my other Sky boxes it actually takes me a while to re-acquaint myself with the Sky HD remote - which I consider to be one of the most well thought-out commercial remotes available.
My only gripe with this unit is the lack of battery indicator, and the fact that I can't use it when it's charging. Other than that It's well worth £40...

Why all the chauvinistic comment? oO

kindareal

Why all the chauvinistic comment? oO



http://www.trinketsandtees.com/jpg/dontbesexist.jpg

oO

Bought one of these last week from Logitech - very good remote, similar to the sky remote and very easy to get used to.

I'd say they are woman proof. My Harmony 515 has made it simple for my other half to use my equipment...

lukehunter69

I'd say they are woman proof. My Harmony 515 has made it simple for my … I'd say they are woman proof. My Harmony 515 has made it simple for my other half to use my equipment...


I'd never considered this possibility. My wife NEVER uses my equipment anymore.

How wife-proof it is depends on what equipment you are controlling, and how much thought and effort you put into it.
If all you have is a Sky box , DVD player and TV then it'll be really easy to set up.

Once you start having more sources, run everything through an AV amp and so on then you need to put a lot more effort in to make sure that all the activities are set up correctly.

And to echo what's been said before about the screen - you can't have a physical button for every single possible feature on the original remote. The screen lets you assign the ones you want, so that for any given activity the most used buttons are right to hand.

Decent price on this on this.

Although i firmly believe the future of remotes lay with tablets\smartphones.

Years ago you'd pay a fortune to get a touch screen remote, now u can get one for under £40... that plays Angry Birds!

Even Logitech themselves are getting in on the action:

youtube.com/wat…gec

So good price if you don't want to faff about. But if you're willing to spend abit of time finding the right apps and tweaking then you might already own a fancier solution.

Sf2rox

Decent price on this on this.Although i firmly believe the future of … Decent price on this on this.Although i firmly believe the future of remotes lay with tablets\smartphones.Years ago you'd pay a fortune to get a touch screen remote, now u can get one for under £40... that plays Angry Birds!Even Logitech themselves are getting in on the action:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLxNqo9ngecSo good price if you don't want to faff about. But if you're willing to spend abit of time finding the right apps and tweaking then you might already own a fancier solution.



Where is the app on the android market?
It doesnt seem to exist.

Sf2rox

Decent price on this on this.Although i firmly believe the future of … Decent price on this on this.Although i firmly believe the future of remotes lay with tablets\smartphones.Years ago you'd pay a fortune to get a touch screen remote, now u can get one for under £40... that plays Angry Birds



Battery life on a smartphone is still pants compared to a remote, plus you don't need to take your remote out of the house leaving people unable to turn the tv on.

I don't dispute that a remote app will have its place, but as the main tool for a family? Nope.

Wife proof? well she can throw it pretty hard at me and it hasnt smashed yet!, thats what you meant eh?

I have one of these for the living room AV Receiver, TV, Tivo, Projector, Popcorn Hour, Dreambox and it doesnt get used as often as I like.

Bedroom has one with TV + WDTV or Virgin HD V+ and the actual remotes are hardly used!

Lets you change channels on Virgin HD box whilst controlling the volume on the TV with a little bit of setup on a PC. LCD screen is essential!

My girlfriend hates the living room one but loves the bedroom one. Living room is just too complex at times.

Next purchase will be the RF 900 @ £150 so all my equipment and wires can go hidden in a cupboard with extractor fan!


Edited by: "craigtumilty" 9th Aug 2012

pmwhelan

Where is the app on the android market?It doesnt seem to exist.



play.google.com/sto…pps.

By reading the description it looks like it won't work with ICS yet. I'm sure if u trawl the net you'll probably be able to either find some sort of workaround or another remote app altogether that suits your needs.

I'm sorry i can't be of more assistance, i'm just on the verge of updating my own setup and will be looking into this sort of stuff in a month or 2s time. Maybe someone reading this has a similar setup and can give us both some suggestions


Dr Zoidberg

I don't dispute that a remote app will have its place, but as the main … I don't dispute that a remote app will have its place, but as the main tool for a family? Nope.



Each to their own.

However i would expect that most familys would already own at least a couple of devices capable of running such apps between them and that running out of the house with the only means of control wouldn't happen too often.

Again, for the same price as this, you could just buy a tablet solely for that purpose.
Edited by: "deletedUser549343" 9th Aug 2012

More to the point, is it kids proof?

"sad enough to spend £40 on a remote"
What a rediculous comment to make! probably based on zero experience or knowledge with audio visual entertainment systems.
My system would consist of 9 different remotes and to simply watch and hear the tv i would have to handle 4 different remotes and press maybe 10 different buttons.
Or with a harmony remote I handle 1 remote and press 2 buttons only. -- The power sockets all switch on, the tv comes on and switches to correct hdmi input, tivo powers on, av amplifier powers on and switches to tv input oh and my lights dim also if i want them to!
Switch to playing xbox on the projector,,, 2 button presses. - - everything turns off which isnt needed! all the kit which is needed powers up and all inputs are switched.
AV BLISS....
And yes even my wife can do it because if it all goes wrong she can press "HELP" which then asks her step by step questions.... Is the tv on YES/NO... now is the tv on YES/NO etc etc.....

£40 for any lcd harmony is an absolute bargain! im ordering 2 for family.

Edited by: "blackplasma" 9th Aug 2012

pmwhelan

Where is the app on the android market?It doesnt seem to exist.

Dr Zoidberg

I don't dispute that a remote app will have its place, but as the main … I don't dispute that a remote app will have its place, but as the main tool for a family? Nope.



The remote app you link to is only for controlling a specific device (the logitech Revue), it is no sort of replacement for a general remote.I've got a simialr one for our Samsung TV (though I never use it) I'm not aware of anything that can be used a general remote control for all your gear.

A few points:

1. And a key point - these remote apps rely on a wifi/network connection (for themselves and the equipenmt they control) - how are they going to operate stuff that isn't network connected (or stuff that is but doesn't have the facility to be controlled over it)? and yes I know that lots of stuff increasingly is. But most isn't, and typically people don't buy a whole new load of kit. So we have a new all singing and dancing smart TV, but the DVD player isn't for example.

2. Even if kit is network connected and can be controlled over the network, is the control interface open (does it have an API I guess you could say) so that others can make software to control it (so you can have the equivalent of an all in one remote app). Yeah, there could be a standard for this (like the CEC thing for conrling my DVD player over HDMI with my TV remote), but I'm not aware of it. so am I going to ahev to have a sperate apps for all my gear?

3. Using an an app on the phone, or tablet isn't , IMO, very convienent. Just cause my wife and I both ahve smartphones, doesn't mean we want them being used as remotes. I might well be using my phone for something else, so then I have to drop out of that app, open up the remote, change channels, then go back to whatever I was doing before. Or I want to use my phone, but the kids arewanting to watch TV/iplayer/DVD etc. (and no, my 7 yo doesn't yeat have her own tablet or smartphone :-) , and if she did it would probably be upstairs, under the bed, out of charge etc. etc......) Or I might not even be in the room. Or have left my phone upstairs, or it has run out of charge, etc.

Yes you could have a tablet specially for it, but, I refer you back to 1 and 2 (oh, and 3, it won't stay just as a tablet for a remote - not in a house with kids anyway).

4. The old thing about something being designed for the job. A remote has buttons, you can feel the, it is the right shape to fit in one hand, it requires a lot less looking at (I can feel the channel change and volume buttons with my hand without looking). An app on the phone requires 2 hands, it requires more looking at, it doesn't have the tactile feedback you get from buttons. And being job specific, it isn't goign to be used for something else.

Nope, I'm not convinced that tha apps, on phones/tablets are the way to go for general use :-)

(The one app that is useful is the one I use for controlling my Squeeze players, but that it the sort of thing you select some music, set it off and then don't need to touch it for an hour)

Edited by: "galoka" 9th Aug 2012

nick1austin

+£3.58 for delivery (Super Saver).



Though if you spend another £10.01 if yoiu need some other stuff you can get free delivery

blackplasma

"sad enough to spend £40 on a remote"What a rediculous comment to make! … "sad enough to spend £40 on a remote"What a rediculous comment to make! probably based on zero experience or knowledge with audio visual entertainment systems.My system would consist of 9 different remotes and to simply watch and hear the tv i would have to handle 4 different remotes and press maybe 10 different buttons.Or with a harmony remote I handle 1 remote and press 2 buttons only. -- The power sockets all switch on, the tv comes on and switches to correct hdmi input, tivo powers on, av amplifier powers on and switches to tv input oh and my lights dim also if i want them to!Switch to playing xbox on the projector,,, 2 button presses. - - everything turns off which isnt needed! all the kit which is needed powers up and all inputs are switched.AV BLISS....And yes even my wife can do it because if it all goes wrong she can press "HELP" which then asks her step by step questions.... Is the tv on YES/NO... now is the tv on YES/NO etc etc.....£40 for any lcd harmony is an absolute bargain! im ordering 2 for family.


Ok, you're right, £40 for a remote isn't really sad.

Needing 9 of them just to watch TV though.......

Would these be able to control things like the menu on a tv? I bought a cheapo one and it can't even bring the menu up.

galoka

EPIC WALL OF TEXT!!!1!!!



Interesting points.

Though with my next carnation I will be, to a certain degree, trying to unify the entire house's electronics wirelessly and the flexibility of using something software based should give it that almost bespoke, customizable edge that you generally can't achieve with 1 piece of hardware designed specifically for a certain purpose.

Granted I'm going to have to buy and taylor stuff to fit this model, but with all the cheap Android based hardware flying around atm and having used it for a while i'm certain that can be attained fairly inexpensively.

I'm aiming for Back to the Future 2... 3 years ahead of schedule

Sf2rox

Interesting points. Though with my next carnation I will be, to a certain … Interesting points. Though with my next carnation I will be, to a certain degree, trying to unify the entire house's electronics wirelessly and the flexibility of using something software based should give it that almost bespoke, customizable edge that you generally can't achieve with 1 piece of hardware designed specifically for a certain purpose.Granted I'm going to have to buy and taylor stuff to fit this model, but with all the cheap Android based hardware flying around atm and having used it for a while i'm certain that can be attained fairly inexpensively.I'm aiming for Back to the Future 2... 3 years ahead of schedule



Ah well, that is a rather different proposition :-) Sounds like an interesting project, enjoy.

This remote is available for 39.90 (delivered) at logitech vip store.

buy.logitech.com/sto…795

Bought one yesterday via Logitech VIP store with free delivery and it's been dispatched via UPS already. Great remotes and my wife has agreed that they do take the pain out of turning on all the home cinema equipment.

You also get a free pair of in earphones (Ultimate ears 200vi headset) worth £34.99 from the VIP Logitech shop.

In light of this the Ebuyer deal should now be voted cold

As a gadget monster I'd love one of these, but can't think how I could justify the purchase to my wife. She just can't appreciate cool techy gadgets for their own sake. "Why did you need to buy that?"

Ciderlord

As a gadget monster I'd love one of these, but can't think how I could … As a gadget monster I'd love one of these, but can't think how I could justify the purchase to my wife. She just can't appreciate cool techy gadgets for their own sake. "Why did you need to buy that?"


Man up and lie ffs! oO

Tell her it was a fiver (_;)

slliw

You also get a free pair of in earphones (Ultimate ears 200vi headset) … You also get a free pair of in earphones (Ultimate ears 200vi headset) worth £34.99 from the VIP Logitech shop.In light of this the Ebuyer deal should now be voted cold



make that a deal if not already, is schorchio, thanks.

mine seems to have the charging problem that was reported 2 years ago!
""unable to charge batteries"
it actually overheats the batteries, watch out!

damn, will have to talk to logitech. it does work though, but seems to have trouble connecting via virtualbox. my old 515/525/55 worked first time.

Edited by: "Smiff" 17th Aug 2012

Sf2rox

Decent price on this on this.Although i firmly believe the future of … Decent price on this on this.Although i firmly believe the future of remotes lay with tablets\smartphones.Years ago you'd pay a fortune to get a touch screen remote, now u can get one for under £40... that plays Angry Birds!Even Logitech themselves are getting in on the action:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLxNqo9ngecSo good price if you don't want to faff about. But if you're willing to spend abit of time finding the right apps and tweaking then you might already own a fancier solution.



Problem with touchscreen smartphones/tablets is having to look down at the screen to find the button you want every time you want to change channel/volume etc....

for a TV remote there is no substitute for physical buttons you can feel without looking down at the remote.

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