About a month ago, I brought you an unboxing of the Logitech Harmony 1100 universal remote. I have a review after using it for the last month…read on for details!
My wife asked for a universal remote to control the main home entertainment center in our living room. She, my daughter, our babysitters, pretty much everyone who used the system except for me, was frustrated with the six remotes that were required to control the system. It was to the point where no one save me could play a BluRay or DVD in the living room! Logitech to the rescue!
As a refresher, here is what Logitech has to say about this remote:
One-touch activity controls
Say good-bye to cheat sheets. Everyone in the family can select what they want to do—such as “Watch TV”—and your Harmony remote does the rest.Learn more about one-touch activity-based controls.
3.5-inch full-color touch screen
You can access the most-used buttons with one hand or two—and it’s backlit so you can see your icons even in the dark.
Works with 225,000+ devices
Support for 5000+ brands and 225,000+ devices, so you know it will work with what you have today and what you’ll add tomorrow.See how your home-entertainment setup would work with Harmony.
RF wireless capability
You can control devices you can’t see—like a stereo in a closed cabinet.when you add a Logitech® Harmony RF Extender (sold separately).
Customizable commands and icons
You choose which commands you want on screen and when—giving you complete control over your entertainment system.
Replaces up to 15 remotes
You can control your home-entertainment devices with one remote—reducing clutter and complexity in your living room.
Your remote recharges in its base station so you won’t be looking for batteries when you want to be watching TV.
I’m very tempted to get one 🙂
Hi Jim, Nice review, I got the 1100 as a gift Christmas before last. You should be able to fix your issues with the PS3. You say the PS3 is powering up when shutting down everything. Is this when you are using the PS3 in an activity or using devices other than the PS3? I have a Sony receiver and a Sony TV in my setup and some of the commands from the PS3 would conflict with the tv and receiver and vice versa. I think your having the same issue with your combination of Sony devices. You can get the RF extender from ebay for a low cost (link added below). The extender itself is a blaster, but you can attach and assign the emitters, that way only that device (PS3 adapter) is getting the intended commands from the assigned port. You can pick and choose which equipment you want to receive RF vs. IR.
Also my button pushes were a bit slow too, but I adjusted something and it greatly improved. You can try to go to the troubleshoot section of the activity and check the settings which will give you better response. If you need me to I can double check my settings and let you know what they are.
One last thing is that the 1100 (& the 900) does not support sequences (macros) in the same way that the rest of the Harmony line up does, but there is a workaround. This is useful if you have IR controlled lighting and want to press play in order to play your movie and dim the lights to your predetermined setting. See the second link for that option.
You can modify the button mappings for activities with device specific commands and add any device specific commands into the soft key menu for an activity. Also I have not had any problem with the Harmony SW on my Win 7 64 bit system.
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