We are in an era right now where we can use wireless technologies to control our devices. This is great as there is no more getting up to switch a track on the Hi-Fi. No more getting up to change TV Channel. For many of you, your probably thinking, what there didn’t used to be a remote control? Well no there didn’t and before it was wireless there were controls on a wire! But luckily that time is over most controls are wireless now. However there is one problem. There is no real standard in remote controls other than “most” use Infra-red technology to transmit the signals. The problem with no real standard is we have so many of these things it can be a real hassle to have to use them all. Just have a look around now. Maybe you have a remote control for your TV? DVD Player? Bluray Player? PVR? Satellite? Cable? So say you have just 4 of these that’s 4 separate remote controls that just 1 could do, if it was designed to work with them all…. bring on the Logitech Harmony 300 Remote Control.
How does it work?
Good question! Well firstly its really clever! But for those who want a more detailed response basically Logitech have developed a remote control that can learn what remote controls of all your devices do and then allow you to use just their remote control to control up to 4 devices (with the 300 model). All you do is click one of the four buttons on the remote control and it switches to another device its really simple to use and even simpler to setup up! Best of all unlike those other one remote for all devices remote controls that you have to manually teach this one teaches itself!
Ok so how do I teach it? I don’t have to teach it every button do I?
It’s far easier than that! The harmony remote comes with some really great software and a mini USB port built on to the remote. All you need to do is plug it into your computer install the software (which is actually just drivers) and log onto http://myharmony.com You then set the remote up from the website. This is great because it means if you go to another PC for whatever reason all your settings are saved in the cloud meaning no need to re-setup the device! Great! The software is simple too. You just find your device from a list, click add and then sync and that’s it your ready to go.
What if it can’t find my device?
Sometimes manufacturers use the same remote control with a couple of variations and the Logitech software will need to determine which remote it is. To do this all you need to do is put the remote for the device and the harmony remote in front of each other and click a couple of buttons then, bam! It’s learn’t which remote it is and your away.
Can I adjust any buttons to do something else?
Yes you can tweak any of the buttons on the remote control. So if something isn’t quite right or you use an option more frequently you can move it’s location simply using the powerful software provided.
Does this only work for infra-red devices? I have a PS3.
No, Logitech have thought of that so you can get a little adapter for the PS3 and it will work perfectly.
I do like the sound of it, can I see it in action?
Of course you can check out our video review below:
Overall I was really impressed with the harmony remote control. I must say I thought it was going to be a chore to setup but it really isn’t the software works perfectly and made setting up 3 devices less than 10 minutes work. The harmony is fully configurable too and Logitech supports thousands of devices so it’s very likely to find yours. Now I can put away 3 remote controls that control my entertainment and just keep the one reducing clutter, hassle and cost of batteries! Overall we award the product with 4/5 clouds. It falls down only on browser compatibility (at time of using the device only Firefox would work) and it’s a shame you can’t change the name of the devices on the remote.
Thanks to Logitech for sending this to Cloud Bite to review (sorry it’s taken so long for the review)