Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3 review: Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.0
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 7.0

Average User Rating

0.5 stars 1 user review
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The Good Provides complete control of PlayStation 3 including all 51 possible commands; allows for powering on and off; saves a USB port.

The Bad Adapter requires power; Harmony programming isn't as simple as directions make it out to be; won't work with remotes other than Harmony.

The Bottom Line Setting up the Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3 isn't completely painless (or cheap), but once up and running, it does provide total control over your PS3 including the ability to power it on and off.

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What's turned out to be one of the most disappointing omissions regarding the PlayStation 3 has to be the lack of an IR (infrared) port. Getting the console to play nicely with a universal remote control has been quite infuriating, but we've tested some workarounds in the past. Those with Harmony universal remotes have looked to Logitech to come up with a solution, and the company has answered with the Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3. Setting up the device isn't completely painless (or cheap), but once up and running it does provide total control over your PS3 including the ability to power it on and off. In case you're wondering, no, the adapter won't work with any remote other than a Harmony.

Unfortunately, the adapter needs its own power source. Don't be worried about any extra charges on your energy bill, though. The device didn't even register on our watt meter, so those who are eco-conscious can sleep tight. The power cord provides about 8 feet of room to work with, allowing you to perfectly situate the adapter.

The reason the adapter needs its own power is because it can't draw any juice from a PS3 that is turned off since the console's USB ports go dead once in standby mode. It's that first Bluetooth signal that your Sixaxis controller sends to the console that turns it on, and the adapter is able to emulate that connection only with a separate power source. While we're not thrilled with the fact that you'll need yet another open outlet around your home theater system, it's nice to know you won't need to waste a USB port on your PS3.

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Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3

Part Number: 943-000029 Released: May 15, 2009
MSRP: $59.99 Low Price: $27.99 See all prices

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  • Release date May 15, 2009
  • CE Product Type remote control adapter