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Logitech Harmony 885

alaTest has collected and analyzed 297 reviews from magazines and websites. People are impressed by the size and controls. The build quality and design are also mentioned favorably, but some have doubts about the reliability and value for money.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Remote Controls the Logitech Harmony 885 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Harmony 880 Universal Remote Control Reviewed

 

Featuring a color LCD screen, backlit buttons, and easy to use computer software, the Harmony 880 universal remote has lots to offer those looking to simplify their home theaters. 15 devices are controllable. Ken Taraszka takes a look for...

The Harmony 880's exceptional user interface is worth the cost of admission ; Rechargeable battery and dock included ; Capable of controlling 15 different components ; Capable of multiple start-up macros ; Famous Harmony Help button to walk you through...

No RF capability, so line of sight is necessary ; Lacks coolness factor of a touch screen

The incredible flexibility and large number of hard buttons and optional additional buttons on the LCD display make this remote capable of controlling very large and complicated systems with ease. The lack of RF support will require line of sight for...

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Amazon review summary for Logitech Harmony 885

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 17 user reviews of Logitech Harmony 885 from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.7/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Remote Controls on Amazon.com.

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71% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Logitech Harmony 880 PRO Advanced Universal RemoteHarmony 885 Remote ControlHarmony 885 Remote Control

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Usable, but not worth it

 

I had high expectations as this was my first "smart universal" remote, but it disappoints in almost every aspect. It is a remote that is more trouble than it is worth. I bought it on sale for $70, but regret the purchase.

It looks nice and is light weight. Comes with rechargeable batteries and docking station. Solid build quality. Programmable activities. Glow in the dark back lighting

The channel controls are on the bottom half of the controller making the remote uncomfortable to use with only one hand. Two hands are always required to properly operate the remote. Navigating through the menus on the remote is poor. I find myself...

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Problems

 

The support responded ok except I don't think tissue paper is a very good fix. The proper sized battery would have helped.

Easy to program. Was able to handle all my equipment with the exception of a WII

Buttons on metal rim stopped working. Sound up and channel down stopped working even after reprogramming. Charging cradle is designed poorly. The contacts don't make unless you press down and still may open. The battery was loose in unit and I had to...

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Best remote I've ever owned

 

I'm really not sure why everyone's been giving it such average reviews, it's honestly a very good remote. I suppose if it doesn't charge, it's useless, but I've owned mine for about 2.5 years now and have had zero issues. I even bought a 2nd one for my...

I can't say enough pro's for this remote. The activities function has changed my life! It works with every component I had, even my media PC. The setup program is incredibly easy and the remote is pretty self explanatory after a few days of use ; I...

The only con is there is an issue with the remote charging on the cradle. Honestly, all you have to do is wiggle so it seats correctly, taking all of like 2 sec. I didn't drop the rating for it since it hasn't even been an issue for me. I just wanted...

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The remote I've been waiting for.

 

The tilt sensor for sleeping/waking the screen is a blessing and a curse. The feature can be turned off if desired.

I have been through at least 9 universal remotes. Not because they broke, but because there was always some feature missing. This remote finally does everything I need an infrared remote to do ; The separation of "devices" and "activities" was...

The charging cradle is a little too fussy. The remote often doesn't fall into the charging position. But if I pay attention it works fine

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Best Remote Ever

 

Very Easy to configure ; The online configuration makes it easy to upgrade and you always have a backup of the configuration if you need a new one ; Online configuration is simple and intuitive ; Makes usage of multiple devices easy ; The charger means...

Mine has a rattle like something loose inside. No idea if that's an issue, some of the buttons feel a little weak, but they're ones that I don't even use

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Handy but not sturdy

 

Would be a great remote if it was built to actually be used, the remote is probably the biggest abused piece of technology in your house. For $150 should last longer than 4 months.

It's easy to setup activies with the provided software. It's handy to have one remote to control everything but

Very cheaply made. Be very careful handling the remote, my first one lasted 1 1/2 yrs., battery door broke, buttons by the screen stopped functioning. Bought a new one 4 months ago, and has just stopped working. Nothing will turn on. Battery door is...

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I Don't Know...?

 

I know that the one at my store has been dropped, the buttons pushed allot and used by countless customers when they use the tv to watch instructional videos, etc. so it's been through the ringer. I would not have bought this second one if I had the...

This remote works great. I've never had a problem with the buttons, programing or any of the other things that reviewers have stated here. The one I just purchased here is a replacement for the original remote that came with my Toshiba tv, the one that...

The contacts for charging really is an issue and if you don't have it placed on the cradle perfectly, it won't make contact but that is easily fixed by bending up the contacts which I'm going to do immediately after I get this new one. Other than that...

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Short-Term investment

 

If you have a good warranty, buy the remote... if not, you might be taking a chance and could have a non-working remote after a yr or 2. For some, that may be plenty. This doesn't deserve 5 stars, but it was definitely a decent investment for me. I...

Activities ROCK when you have to set your TV input, your receiver's input, and turn on/off devices to switch what you want to watch from. I can control everything I need to control with one remote. Screen is LCD color, which is nice (unfortunately I...

The "0" button BARELY works. I've had my remote maybe 2 years... I bought it refurb, but still... it was great for about half a year, then the battery life drastically dropped.... I dealt with having to charge it like every week, to every few days, to...

Product Specifications

The Harmony 885 Advanced Universal Remote puts you in control of your entire audio-video system with just one button. It's home entertainment the way it should be - simple. Optimized for complicated HDTV and PVR systems, the Harmony 885 helps you tame tough configurations like switching your television between video aspect ratios depending on the program source. The interactive color display lets you quickly choose a 16: 9 ratio for movies and HDTV, or a standard 4: 3 ratio for basic television programming.

Dimensions & Weight

Depth:8.1in
Height:1.3in
Weight:5.8oz
Width:2.3in

Display (Projector)

Type:LCD display

Header

Manufacturer:Logitech
Model:880 Pro Advanced Universal Remote/885 Advanced Universal Remote
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Logitech Harmony

Remote Control

Supported Devices:Audio system / DVD player / TV
Technology:Infrared
Type:Universal remote control

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty /2 years warranty