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User reviews for the Harmony 768 / H768 / SST-768 from Logitech.
Average: 4.27/5.00 Median: 5.00/5.00
Available in three stylish colors, the H768 is the ultimate Harmony remote. Featuring a large number of hard buttons, the compact SST-768 makes no compromises with its blend of powerful programming features and ease-of-use.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 1-3 months.
Review 3 made on Thursday March 13, 2003 at 1:46 PM.
Compact size is great. Truly replaces all remotes. Customer Support is great! Can configure it to do just about anything. Their "Smart State" technology really works.
It takes a bit of time to get famaliar with the website configuration interface. But once you understand how to do things, it becomes very easy to make modifications.
Just thought I would post my impressions of the Harmony 768 after a couple weeks of use. My system consists of a an NEC LT155 front projector, B&K Reference 30 preamp, DVD player, CD player and Hughes dish receiver / personal video recorder.
First of all I love this thing. The set-up flexability provided on the Harmony website has allowed me to do far more than expected and with ease (no XML modifications required). So far there is nothing that this remote has not been able to do.
Things you should know or expect:
Don't necessairly expect to be up and running in 1-hour. Although many have had good sucess with the websites auto-setup it really did not work well with my gear. Some of the infared languages that Auto-setup selected worked only about 50%.
Since I have DSL high speed internet access, setting the unit up over the internet was not an issue as far as speed was concerned. I can see where a dial-up connection would be more time consuming.
Since the Auto-setup did not work to my satisfaction I had to learn the in's & out's of the website software to set my unit up like I wanted it. It just took time (trial & error) to learn how to do things and figure out how all the advanced features worked. The best comparison I can make is it's kind of like going from a manual typewritter to a word processor for the first time (you know how to type and what you want, just have to figure out to make the word processor do it).
In my initial efforts to make the 768 do things I often spent a couple hours working on it until suddenly realizing the Harmony site provides a simple method. Many on this site were extremely helpful with their tips & suggestions and I appreciate that!
The size, feel, weight and capability are all great! This unit is also a great value given it's full capability. I had been researching programmable remotes for a couple months and was going to have to spend at least $500 on another to get the functionality I wanted. The Harmony however is so much better.
My Brother has an audio/video system similar to mine. He was floored when I handed him the Harmony and with only a 2-minute explaination he could watch TV, play a DVD, listen to the radio with or without the TV, etc.
Even if you do like I did and teach the Harmony IR codes directly from the original remotes, the Harmony software makes it a snap (their question & answer approach to set-up). Assigning codes to specific Harmony keys and macros are a breeze.
I'll be honest, going into the second day with the Harmony I was thinking this sucks! But by the third day I had figured out much of the set-up and the more powerful Advanced features. Now that I understand it, changes are really a breeze.
One other item, if you have experience programming other learning remotes this can actually be a disadvantage initially. Harmony really thought "Outside The Box" when they put together their entire approach. At least in my case, my conventional remote thought process actually got in the way.
I was a little concerned about the lack of backlighting. After a few days however it became very easy to use without looking at buttons. The unit is so small that your thumb can reach any of the buttons when held with one hand.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 6-12 months.
Review 2 made on Wednesday March 12, 2003 at 12:23 PM.
Easy Internet Setup, No Macro Programming Excellent Customer Support Flexibility of Customizations
no emitter for rf signals
This product is truly revolutionary. They have come up with an amazing way to control your system with one button control. You just choose to do something using the scroll wheel (like Watch A DVD) and the remote figures out what signals are necessary to put all your devices on, and on the right input. It's like magic with no macro programming. The website setup is easy and even if they're missing one of your device models from the database, you only need to send one signal into the Harmony from the device's original remote to find the matching infrared language.
From someone who has experienced the agony of programming macros and using macros, this is unbelievable magic. You switch from one 'activity' to another with one button press and a scroll of the side wheel, and you don't have to know anything about the settings of the system, because the Harmony tracks everything for you. It's the most baby-sitter proof remote that exists, and it's an easy setup on their internet site. Plus, you can customize your menus and buttons as you would like, if you want to change anything.
I would recommend it to anyone who wants to get rid of all their remotes, and have the best control possible with activity-based control.
The reviewer has used this remote control for 3-6 months.
Review 1 made on Tuesday February 4, 2003 at 5:00 PM.
Versatility No need for macros Variety of colors On-line programming
No Mac platform yet
No more macros! Just scroll through the “activities” like “Watch a DVD” and click on it. The remote figures out how to set everything up without having to tediously program macros. Everything is configured on your personal web page at the manufacturers web site. If a component is not in the database, the remote can learn any command. It hooks directly to your computer via a USB port. If you ever have a problem with your entertainment system, you can ask your remote for help. It will ask you “yes” or “no” questions and send the appropriate signals to the devices to fix the problem. I haven’t had to do this yet because everything programmed perfectly the first time. Also, the transmitter is very strong. It’s rated at 40 feet but I’ve only had to use it from about 30 feet away at the furthest. It’s a little expensive but it’s so much more versatile and easier to program and use than my Pronto 2000.