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Logitech Harmony 880 Remote Control Review

by December 07, 2005
Logitech Harmony 880 Remote Control

Logitech Harmony 880 Remote Control

  • Product Name: Harmony 880 Remote Control
  • Manufacturer: Logitech
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStarStarStar
  • Review Date: December 07, 2005 19:00
  • MSRP: $ 249.95
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Features:
Interactive backlit 128x160 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
Li-Ion Battery with recharging cradle

Includes: Harmony software installation CD, USB cable, Li-ion battery, recharging cradle, Quick Start Guide

Programming Interface: Website application

Connectivity: USB Plug n' Play

LCD Screen: 64k color; 128x160 pixels
Backlight:
All keys + LCD Screen

System Requirements: PC or Mac with USB port (2.0 recommended), 10MB free hard disk space
OS Requirements: Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP or Mac OS 10.2 with Safari 1.0

Dimensions: 8.1" x 2.3" x 1.3"

Weight: 6.0 oz. (with batteries)

Pros

  • Easily programmed for basic commands
  • Nice LCD-hybrid remote
  • Mac/PC compatible
  • Easy enough for grandma to use
  • Good battery life and desktop recharging cradle

Cons

  • Limited advanced programming
  • Some newer products' inputs not configured correctly in online database
  • Only one theme
  • Update process feels very slow for USB 2.0

Introduction

We continue to update our readers on the new remote control models from Logitech's Harmony line. Their newest consumer remote, the Harmony 880, departs from the norm and adds a 128x160 pixel full color LCD display and docking cradle to recharge the included Lithium-ion battery. The entire remote has been completely remodeled by Logitech's design team. This model is the culmination of the company's influence and experience being put to the test in an effort to improve upon the past Harmony designs and ergonomics. Though we'll touch upon changes and differences, for a detailed review of the Harmony Remote programming experience and website interface, we'll ask you to read our in-depth review of the Harmony 688. If you want to see what the Harmony 880 remote offers and how it compares to the 688 or 676 - please read on.

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 He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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