Product Spotlight: Logitech Harmony 880
Product Spotlight: Logitech Harmony 880
3:33

Product Spotlight: Logitech Harmony 880

Culture
>> The Logitech Harmony series of remotes consistently gets good ratings from CNET editors and users. But how does it wear over time? Well, I've been living with one for six months, so I'm going to tell you. I'm Tom Merit from cnet.com. We're going to shine the Product Spotlight on the Logitech Harmony remote. ^M00:00:17 [ Music ] ^M00:00:21 >> I got the Harmony 880 back in December. It was a gift. It's a universal remote that promises to be the easiest in the world to setup and use. And it comes pretty close to the mark. The setup is probably the hardest part. It's not even that hard. You start with some software you install on your computer. First annoyance, the software installs itself into your start-up. Please, companies, I don't need to reprogram my remote every day. So I don't need the setup software to auto-start. Okay, back to the program. It's a modified Internet Explorer box that connects to Harmony's database on line and walks you through the steps of programming your device. Now the idea is that you put in your device name and the software finds the proper codes with which to program your remote. That's great for most devices, but it gets a little funky if you don't know a device's proper name, or its too new to be in the database. The Apple TV wasn't in the database when I first got it, and hence it's not controlled by my Harmony. Now there is an option to train the Harmony remote the way you would a regular universal remote, but it just didn't work for me. As you setup devices you can group them into activities. So for instance, the Watch a DVD Activity will turn on the TV, the DVD player, the speakers, et cetera. The activities work great, but they take a little tweaking. I customized my Xbox 360 so the activity didn't turn it on and off. I can turn the Xbox on and off with the Xbox controller which I need to play games with anyway, and it's handy to have it stay on when everything else goes off, so incase I'm downloading something from the Xbox Marketplace, it stays downloaded. Now, another annoyance, the setup program is meant for setting up. Which means changing things later after you've setup can be a little bit of a hassle. For instance, when I changed my speakers it took me a while to go through and adjust every activity to play with the speakers correctly. Once you're through with setup, the remote works really well. It's nice to be able to press just one button and have everything jump into action. A slight annoyance, you do have to keep the remote pointed towards all your devices while it turns them all on. Sometimes if I'm not oriented correctly my speakers don't come on. The remote does have handy help screens to walk you through figuring out if something didn't get activated properly. That almost always fixes the problem. Now those activities that we mentioned setting up earlier, assign different buttons to different functions. So for instance, if you're watching TV, the channel buttons will change the channel on the tuner, whereas the volume buttons will change the volume on the speakers. Well, that's great most of the time. But what if you want all of the buttons to control just one device. Don't reach for those old remotes yet, just press the device button. It will bring up a list of devices, you can then control the individual device from there. You know, overall the Harmony 880 has certainly cleared up a lot of space on my coffee table and made things a lot easier to use. The few annoyances are largely outweighed by the benefits. I'm Tom Merit from cnet.com, and I approve this remote. ^M00:03:28 [ Music ]

Up Next

Here's why you'll want to gift the Apple iPad Air 2 this holiday season
ipadair2still.jpg

Up Next

Here's why you'll want to gift the Apple iPad Air 2 this holiday season

This giving season, consider the Apple iPhone 6
giftguide2014iphone6still2.jpg

This giving season, consider the Apple iPhone 6

The Asus RT-AC87U Wi-Fi router is a great gift for anyone
tgg14asusrouter.jpg

The Asus RT-AC87U Wi-Fi router is a great gift for anyone

The August Smart Lock secures our top pick for smart home and appliances
giftguideaugustsmartlock0.jpg

The August Smart Lock secures our top pick for smart home and appliances

UE Boom: Still a great portable Bluetooth speaker a year after its release
2014pslogtiechueboom.jpg

UE Boom: Still a great portable Bluetooth speaker a year after its release

Lenovo reinvents its flagship hybrid with the Yoga 3 Pro
productspotlightlenovoyoga3pro.jpg

Lenovo reinvents its flagship hybrid with the Yoga 3 Pro

Vizio TV a cheerful value for giver and receiver
productspotlightvizioe.jpg

Vizio TV a cheerful value for giver and receiver

GoPro's Hero4 Silver tops our list of camera picks
productspotlightgoprohero4silver.jpg

GoPro's Hero4 Silver tops our list of camera picks

Pebble Steel remains the best smartwatch, for several reasons
2014pspebblesteel.jpg

Pebble Steel remains the best smartwatch, for several reasons

Here's why we love the PlayStation 4
2014psps4.jpg

Here's why we love the PlayStation 4

Tech Shows

The Apple Core
apple-core-w

The Apple Core

Alphabet City
alphabet-city-w

Alphabet City

CNET Top 5
cnet-top-5-w

CNET Top 5

The Daily Charge
dc-site-1color-logo.png

The Daily Charge

What the Future
what-the-future-w

What the Future

Tech Today
tech-today-w

Tech Today

Latest News All latest news

Apple May Give FineWoven Accessories 1 More Season
finewoven-240424-land-00-00-13-04-still003

Apple May Give FineWoven Accessories 1 More Season

US vs. TikTok: What Happens Next
240424-yt-tiktok-vs-us-v04

US vs. TikTok: What Happens Next

Battle of the Humanoid Robots: MenteeBot Is Ready
240423-yt-menteebot-ai-robot-v08

Battle of the Humanoid Robots: MenteeBot Is Ready

What to Expect at Apple's May 7 iPad Event
240423-yt-apple-ipad-ipad-pro-pencil-v02

What to Expect at Apple's May 7 iPad Event

Did a Week With the Apple Watch Make Me Use My iPhone Less?
240419-site-does-having-an-apple-watch-make-me-use-my-iphone-less-4

Did a Week With the Apple Watch Make Me Use My iPhone Less?

How Google Tests the Cameras in Its Pixel Phones
240417-site-google-pixel-lab-exclusive-1

How Google Tests the Cameras in Its Pixel Phones

Most Popular All most popular

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)
innovation

First Look at TSA's Self-Screening Tech (in VR!)

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost
240123-site-samsung-galaxy-s24-ultra-review-4

Samsung Galaxy S24 Ultra Review: More AI at a Higher Cost

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen
circlesearchpic

'Circle to Search' Lets Users Google From Any Screen

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop
asus-preces-00-00-25-11-still003

Asus Put Two 14-inch OLEDs in a Laptop, Unleashes First OLED ROG Gaming Laptop

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions
samsung-galaxy-ring-clean

Samsung Galaxy Ring: First Impressions

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024
240111-site-best-of-ces-2024-1

Best of Show: The Coolest Gadgets of CES 2024

Latest Products All latest products

Battle of the Humanoid Robots: MenteeBot Is Ready
240423-yt-menteebot-ai-robot-v08

Battle of the Humanoid Robots: MenteeBot Is Ready

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling
cnet-audiq6

2025 Audi Q6, SQ6 E-Tron: Audi's Newest EV Is Its Most Compelling

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter
pic3

Hands-On with Ford's Free Tesla Charging Adapter

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar
240320-site-nuro-r3-first-look-v1

Nuro R3 is an Adorable Self-Driving Snack Bar

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day
240304-site-nothing-phone-2-first-look-v3

First Look: The $349 Nothing Phone 2A Aims to Brighten Your Day

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More
240229-site-best-of-show-at-mwc

Best of MWC 2024: Bendable Screens, AI Wearables and More

Latest How To All how to videos

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2
airpods-pro-2

Tips and Tricks for the AirPods Pro 2

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone
screenshot-2024-04-03-at-15-47-11.png

How to Watch the Solar Eclipse Safely From Your Phone

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features
240311-site-windows-11-hidden-tips-and-tricks-v2

Windows 11 Tips and Hidden Features

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3
VisionOS 1.0.3

Vision Pro App Walkthrough -- VisionOS 1.0.3

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra
240216-site-galaxy-s24-ultra-tips-and-hidden-features-2

Tips and Tricks for the Galaxy S24 Ultra

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro
tiktok-on-vision-pro-clean

TikTok Is Now on the Apple Vision Pro