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Logitech Harmony 890 review

This is an awesome remote with a huge HAF and WAF (Husband Acceptance Factor and Wife Acceptance Factor). I’m really please with it after using it for a week. I really don’t have any remotes hanging around anymore, and not have to point the remote at the device is huge, especially with multi-device macros and sequences. Looking at my pros and cons, it looks like I don’t like it, but it really is one of the best recent gadgets I’ve bought!

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Pros:

  • Don’t need to point the remote at the device, good for blocking stuff behind furniture, etc.
  • Really does replace all the remotes in the house.
  • Excellent range.
  • Motion sensor detects when it’s moved and turns on the backlight, awesome.

Cons:

  • Little pricey for the functionality ($250 on Amazon right now)
  • Screen is a little low-res, and isn’t very bright or high contrast.
  • Can’t control any RF devices other than the extender (Z-Wave 900 MHz only RF frequency).
  • Little slow to come on off the charger.
  • It would be nice to have more discrete buttons on the remote, as they pretty tightly spaced (lots of mispresses)
  • The buttons next to the items on the screen are too tightly spaced, and seem to be off the screen alignment by a little.
  • Some devices (my TV) have the remote sensor for IR BEHIND the screen, so I need to put the little Medusa of the IR transmitter on the screen itself to make it work, little ugly… Not sure how they could have improved this….
  • Web-based software is a little clumsy and involves a huge number of sequential dialogs to make work.
  • Unplugging the extender is required a lot to program anything new!

So, I’m retired the Pronto NG in favor of this. I never did program up the Pronto!

By Dave

He was born in Canada, but currently lives in Boulder, CO up in Boulder Heights.