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Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote - Universal remote control - infrared/radio

alaTest has collected and analyzed 703 reviews of Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote - Universal remote control - infrared/radio. The average rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average rating of 4.1/5 for other Remote Controls for all reviews. People are impressed by the controls and design, but opinions about the durability and reliability are mixed. There are some critical opinions about the size.

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We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other Remote Controls the Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote - Universal remote control - infrared/radio is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 80/100 = Very good quality.

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Amazon.com review summary for Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote - Universal remote control - infrared/radio

 

alaTest has collected and analyzed 650 user reviews of Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote - Universal remote control - infrared/radio from Amazon.com. The average user rating for this product is 3.6/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.0/5 for other Remote Controls on Amazon.com. People really like the controls and design. The price and usability are also mentioned favorably, whereas there are mixed reviews on the durability and reliability. Many are less positive about the size.

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74% of the reviews on Amazon.com give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote Control (Discontinued by Manufacturer)Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote Control (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

May, 2017

Expert review by: Tim Smith (pcmag.com)

Home Theater Heaven

 

Buying components and building a sweet home theater is just the first step. The hard part is taking control of it. And no, it shouldn't take three remotes and a degree in electrical engineering to watch a DVD. The good news is, Logitech's Harmony 890...

Programming software is easy to use. Configuring the remote takes about an hour, not days. Remote comes with charger and wireless extender. Has a Help button to fix occasional problems.

Fast-forward, play, and rewind buttons could be better placed. Wireless extender must be connected to your PC during programming. Codes occasionally do not get sent.

If you're looking for a universal remote to tame all your unruly home-theater devices, Logitech's Harmony 890 is one killer option.

Mar, 2007

Expert review by: Chris Gigoux (wired.com)

Review: Logitech Harmony 890 Universal Remote

 

DVRs, audio receivers, massive LCD displays, spent Mountain Dew containers. Your living room is a chaotic mess of electronic components and soft drink bottles. How...

LCD screen shows every function of the remotes it replaces. Converts IR signal to RF eliminating line-of-sight issues. Remote can be programmed via computer and with your existing remotes. Charging base keeps the battery fresh. Compatible with Z-wave...

Can be laggy, making fine adjustments in volume difficult. RF receiver uses four sticky IR emitters, limiting number and placement of hidden equipment unless additional RF extenders are purchased

Jan, 2007

Expert review by: David Carnoy (cnet.com)

Logitech Harmony 890 review

 

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Logitech's first universal learning remote to incorporate both IR (infrared) and RF (radio frequency) wireless operation includes a rechargeable battery and docking station, an RF base station, a DVR-friendly button layout and backlit keys. As with...

Compared to the IR-only 880, the Logitech Harmony 890 is pricey. Its Web interface may intimidate nontechie users, and it lacks the Wi-Fi connectivity that's beginning to appear on some rival high-end remotes.

While it isn't perfect, the Logitech Harmony 890 should be near the top of your list if you're in the market for a sub-$400 RF remote that can operate equipment that's hidden behind cabinets or closet doors.

May, 2006

Expert review by: Ramon G. McLeod (pcworld.com)

Harmony's Work-Through-Walls Remote

 

Well-designed universal remote includes radio frequency capability.

Jan, 2006

EDITORS' CHOICE

Expert review by: Shane McGlaun (i4u.com)

Logitech Harmony 890 Advanced Universal Remote Review

 

It seems like my home theater spawns remotes like Gremlins fed after midnight. Every time I sit down it seems I find another remote and its getting to the point that my wife is going to snap. She seems to always grab the wrong remote for whatever it is...

Jan, 2007

Consumer review by: travisrgeorge (cnet.com)

Not all it's cracked up to be

 

Apparently I pressed the touch screen too hard and it cracked. Think about that: it's a touch screen, and you have to press it softly. That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard. So now I can't read anything on my screen. What kind of shoddy material is...

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Cheap screen/hardware; terrible customer service

Mar, 2012

Consumer review by: dimak (newegg.com)

Terrible quality

 

Waiting on the response from tech support for 4 business days now.

Is great when works (was able to program CC on CC off function on my DVR to work with one button press). Worked great for my partner who is technology illiterate and could not handle a setup of a modern entertainment system. Charger is a +. Survived...

Must be positioned into the charging cradle with an aide of a high-precision measuring instruments, otherwise charging contacts won't align. Tech support is very limited. Hardware drivers are wonky - the remote is not always recognized by the PC or...

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: N/A (newegg.com)

Great Remote

 

If you don't care for the RF ability (with the wireless extender), don't bother getting this remote - go with one of the cheaper logitechs. They all have exactly the same buttons and do the exact same thing. You'll only get plain text on the screen...

This is such a great remote I don't know where to begin. I mean, any universal remote can control all your devices - but they always end up with very odd layouts, or mislabeled buttons because they can't match your original remotes. This one has a...

The way the power is controlled for the devices gets a bit annoying. For normal use its fine - but with my setup I have the cable box's audio hooked up to both the TV and stereo - the TV sound is good enough for watching most shows but the surround...

Feb, 2009

Consumer review by: jkirk77 (newegg.com)

Good Remote Overall

 

I find the 890 to be effective replacement for all my remotes. The remote and the software are a powerful combination. I did not find any major difficulties in configuring the remote or the RF extender to my systems. Overall I am very pleased with...

The help feature is effective but not 100% of the time, especially in regards to the AppleTV. The 890 does control the AppleTV just like the original remote but

Jan, 2009

Consumer review by: Tim Olvera (newegg.com)

Great remote & great company!

 

The unit I had was a little goofy at first. The #6 button didn't work well and I almost RMA'd it but decided I could live with it then the problem went away. Just over a year later the remote died (and just a few months out of warranty). Logitech was...

Great remote! It controls everything I have. I love how I can program sequencese in to change the receiver to one channel, the TV to a certain input, etc. I even have a sequence that turns on my DVD player, waits for it to fully come on (it's an HD DVD...

I wish the screen had a better resolution on it but I guess you can't have everything in such a small package. It really is an amazing unit considering how much it does in such a small package. I feel like the software could be a little more GUI and a...

Dec, 2008

Product Specifications

Imagine... controlling all your devices using only one remote - without a direct line of sight to the components! With the Harmony 890 Remote, you can still control your home entertainment while all those unsightly wires and components remain hidden behind cabinet doors or walls.

Display (Projector)

Type:LCD display

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Manufacturer:Logitech
Model:890 Advanced Universal Remote
Packaged Quantity:1
Product Line:Logitech Harmony

Remote Control

Max Operating Distance:100ft
Supported Device Qty:15
Technology:Infrared/radio
Type:Universal remote control

Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty