Sean Alexander

Thoughts are actions in rehearsal

I’m the proud owner of a Logitech Harmony 688 Remote Control- it has brought an unparalleled level of usability to our home theater and returned matrimonial bliss to events such as oh, watching TV, a DVD, viewing photos, or listening to music in our main living space. Dr. Phil should give away these remotes in a Father’s Day special.

But now my 688 just got schooled by the new kid on the block- the Harmony 880. A color screen, Alpha letters on the numeric keys for triple-tapping text in (such as a quick artist search in Media Center) and a rechargable battery all combine with a motion sensor that lights the remote up when you pick it up to create a near-perfect remote experience.

Why only near-perfect? I don’t see any mention of my requested “Child Lock” feature- the one where if your remote is left unattended where a child can get to it, they cannot start messing with it. My son has successfully reprogrammed two other remotes in the house just by banging on the buttons. I now have to use the volume key to change the channel.

Retailing for $249.00, this is a steep price to pay for a remote control. The Logitech site says it’s available at Best Buy but check first- it’s not on and I’ve seen spotty coverage in the past. But ask yourself- how important is my marriage? How many years of future upgrades does this ensure because the vaunted, “No more gadgets, I can’t control the ones you already have” argument goes out the window? PC World gives it 4 out of 5 stars. Now if Oprah or Dr. Phil would endorse it, we’d all be set.

2 thoughts on “Logitech Harmony 880 Remote: Now on sale

  1. John says:

    Does anybody know when this remote will be available. My local Best Buy says it was withdrawn from the market due to a software glitch, and had ‘heard’ it was not going to be available until August.

    The only web site where I can order it is J&R Music World, and it states this would be a ‘pre-order’ only, with no ship date.

    Any info you have would be appreciated.


  2. Ed says:

    FYI, the 880 can only be programed via USB connection to a PC and an internet connection. So no worries about children re-programming it manually. Another great side effect of this is that all af your settings are kept online so in the event that it breaks( I had to return my first one because the screen developed lines) or somehow re-sets you can just conenct it via USB and re-sync your settings, about a 1 minute process. It truley is an amzing remote, controlls everything from Tivo, DirecTV Reciever, even my new sirius startmate replay!

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