dealslogitech harmony 880 advanced universal remote…

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Please note this is a refurb unit ! Good luck with Dailysteals

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If I'm not mistaken, the volume and channel +/- keys are stiff and click when you press them.

A big no no IMHO

Also, isn't the Harmony 880 Logitech's first stab at the remote?

I found a review on the 880 on Cnet... from 2005!

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My parents got this remote years ago. It's awful. The remote has to sit on a dock to charge, but the connection is poor so half the time it doesn't charge so it's dead when you need it. On top of that, it's slow, and the display is awful. You're better off with a simple remote, these are so complex and they don't really offer much in the way of benefits. Whenever I visit my parents I pull out the old remotes that came with the equipment, that's how bad this is.

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I had this remote probably 8 or 9 years ago. I now have a harmony one. If you are getting this remote to just have a harmony there are better options for around this same price point. You don't need the colored screen because all it really does is display activities. The charging dock is crap and you have to place the remote in there several times before it actually takes and starts charging. After a couple of months of use several of the buttons stopped working. Especially those in the bottom left and right corners. Good luck!

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A friend of mine was so lazy that he downloaded the Directv remote app on his iPhone so he didn't have to get up off the couch to retrieve the remote from a chair in the same room. What have we become?

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@rmsalt: Not lazy but smart. Like he or anyone needs another device to lose, break, or have to maintain.

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I've had this remote for about 7 years. I love it. After cleaning the contacts in the base and on the bottom of the remote, I never had another issue charging. After configuring the remote, it's perfect... it turns on each device in the desired order, waits until the TV warms up before attempting to change inputs, and is simply perfect.
The screen is useful for two important reasons... The top buttons are customizable... some can be for your TV, others for your receiver. The other, more important, feature... the Help button... if things don't behave as expected, you push the help button and it asks you, in order, if devices are on, if correct inputs are selected, and if things are working as expected... It then fixes whatever the issue is. My gf or parents no longer call and ask which input the TV has to be on... or to complain that there is no sound... or to ask which remote they use to do whatever they need.

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@ageorges: I agree. I had mine for a couple of years, worked super rainbow sparkly. It got tossed around a bit too much, then the charging cradle wouldn't work. Replacement parts are not easy to get and not cheap. I eventually replaced it with another logitech refurb (not same model). I absolutely love the programmable remote, I can switch between all my setups - cable/bluray/radio/cd/game console and all the functions on my stereo receiver. Soo nice, one remote to rule them all.

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Yes the charging cradle has issues and I solved the contact issue with mine by coating the contacts on the bottom of the remote with a little solder. Still this is a great remote. Good size, very easy to set up, and supports full macro capability. I have a pretty complicated setup with both indoor and outdoor home theaters and this handles it all with ease.

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people commenting are the ones with a tv and cable box only set up.

anything more than that and you would understand the need and use for hardmony remote.

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@drigo1178: That's not true at all. The whole purpose of this remote is to handle many devices. My parents have it set up to control a TV, DVD player, cable box, satellite box, and receiver. He who assumes..

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If you don't want to spend this much money, go for the 650, which is less than half the price around the web (ok, probably refurbished, but at about $40, not horrible), not rechargeable, but does what you want a Harmony remote for. (To be clear: You could buy the 650 for $70 New In Box at Best Buy, but you can find cheaper prices for refurbished/unboxed.)

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I have had this remote for about 7-8 years now. It is awesome! I have never had any problem charging. Just put it on the base and it always connects to charge. I have quite a few components in my audio/video system and this remote combines them perfectly into activities. This remote has replaced 6 remotes for me. I have dropped the remote many times, but it just keeps on working. At some point, I started hearing a rattle inside. I opened the battery door and out fell a tiny screw. I don't know what it did, but the remote has worked just fine for over a year since then. I am almost tempted to purchase this one as a backup for the one I have. I have a Popcorn Hour Media Player. Those keys that did not come up automatically, I could program them manually by pointing the 2 remotes at each other and programming each key as needed.

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I've had four. I've scavenged each one to get the successive one working again. Build quality is very poor and reliability is spotty. All four units have charge issues. Two have dead screens and one will not respond to... well, anything. Most were bought at retail price, so we're looking at around $1k in remotes. After three of four dying on me you would think that Logitech would have made an effort to help me out. They offered me a discount on their site that brought the price of the unit down to what it retailed for on Amazon. So nothing.

I still haven't found anything out there with the feature set of the Harmony, so I'm still using them. But I sure as hell would not buy another 880. I do wish there was a competitor to Harmony, but there just isn't.