Harmony 510 universal remote launched at Logitech (Pros and Cons)

Harmony 510 universal remote launched at Logitech

Even though the Harmony line of universal remotes are “popular” for this category of devices, I don’t think that they are anywhere close of reaching “mass market” status. At $99, the Harmony 510 is Logitech’s most affordable unit. It can control up to five devices and can be configured with Logitech’s guided online setup that lets you access a huge database of presets for all kinds of devices. However, I need to set your expectations: even with the database, it’s not always easy to get things right. Issues that I’ve bumped into in the past (with the Harmony One) include:

  • TV power on/off that didn’t work
  • Cyclical video input throws the system off (it doesn’t know what the current input is, so it has a hard time switching to the proper new input)
  • Incompatibility with non-IR remotes (Vudu)

To be fair, I think that it’s a really hard problem, and the user-driven database approach is a good one. The software interface needs a lot of work, in my opinion, and I think that Logitech is working hard on it.

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