“Let our rigorous testing and reviews be your guidelines to A/V equipment – not marketing slogans”
Facebook Youtube Twitter instagram pinterest

Harmony 688 Remote Control Review

by July 15, 2004
Harmony H688 Remote Contol

Harmony H688 Remote Contol

  • Product Name: Harmony H688 Remote Control
  • Manufacturer: Logitech
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: July 15, 2004 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 249
  • Buy Now

Programming Interface: Website application

Connectivity: USB Plug n’ Play

Backlight: All keys

System Requirements: PC or Mac with USB port, 10MB free hard disk space
OS Requirements: Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP or Mac OS X with Safari 1.0

Dimensions: 8.1” x 2.3” x 1.3”

Weight: 5.8 oz.

Interactive backlit 84x48 pixel LCD display

Learning IR capable

2MB non-volatile Flash memory

3 wide-dispersion high-power LEDs (~40’ range), Sending frequency > 60Hz

Sensing frequency > 60Hz

Includes: Harmony software installation CD, USB cable, 4 AAA batteries, Quick Start Gui


  • Easily programmed for basic commands
  • Very ergonomic feel
  • Mac/PC compatible
  • Flexible programming for advanced features
  • Easy enough for grandma to use


  • Limited advanced programming
  • Relatively slow web-based programming interface
  • Main activity buttons very hard to read in dark


The Harmony H688 was going to provide a new experience in that the application programming interface is online and the remote is arranged by activity, rather than by device. This review details the Harmony online application system as well as some pitfalls to watch out for when using it to control multiple (and hopefully typical) devices in your home theater system.
About the author:
author portrait

Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

View full profile

Confused about what AV Gear to buy or how to set it up? Join our Exclusive Audioholics E-Book Membership Program!