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Could this finally be "The One"?

Discussion in 'Home Cinema Control & Remote Controls' started by Paul D, May 21, 2005.

  1. Paul D

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    I seem to have been on a never ending quest for a suitable remote for the living room.

    I have the fantastic Philips Pronto for the Cinema Room (soon to be replaced by the Philips 9800i).
    The "tablet - touch screen" design if fine for use in there, as once the DVD is loaded, both hands are free to hold the remote and press the touch screen etc.

    However, in the living room, i found the Pronto to be too cumbersome.
    I want a remote i can hold and operate with one hand.(o'err! :eek: :devil: )
    This leaves the other hand free to hold the beer etc.(honest officer!)
    I found i preferred hard buttons to a touch screen, as there is no need to keep looking at the remote.
    Plus the wife hated wading through multiple pages to find the function she wanted.

    The remotes i have tried are:-

    Marimet x10
    Not flexible enough.

    Sony AV2000
    great to use but too bulky

    Pronto
    great but too bulky and needs two hands, plus to many sub screens to find button wanted.

    1 4 all budget job
    too basic

    1 4 all Cameleon original
    liked this one, but no hard buttons and battery didn't last long.

    1 4 all Cameleon 8206
    Great idea and i thought it was "the one", but appalling quality of the hard buttons let it down.

    Now this is were a new remote soon to be released comes in.
    I know this remote has already been mentioned here, but i've only just come across it!

    The Logitech Harmony 885.

    Click here for a full review

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    This remote seems to address all my needs and wants in a living room remote.

    Sleek enough to be held and used with one hand.
    Plenty of hard buttons for frequently used functions.
    Flexible enough to work with Sky+ with dedicated "guide" "info" buttons.
    Has the four way "D" button.(plus "OK" or select)
    Can be totally customised to work any equipment.
    Has a recharging dock.
    Full colour screen.
    Even has help screens in case you get lost!

    Even the programming sequence seems painless, using the online setup page.

    I've no doubt it will have some quirks or glitches. But it does seem like they have hit the right balance between smart enough to do the job, yet simple to understand and use.

    The price of £125 - (even) £180 seems to be a bit of a bargain!
     
  2. Thunder

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    Have you tried any of the URC MX remotes? sounds like an MX500 would be good for you :thumbsup:
     
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    Wow!! I just had a look on logitechs site about this remote and took a "test drive" which was absolutely amazing! It even has multiple MythTV settings (for Hauppauge, knoppmyth etc - absolute great!). Just a quick note - ebuyer sell this remote for £87 inc vat!! Heres a link to ebuyer

    Thankyou for bringin this to my attention :p I'm sure I've seen an even more incredible logitech remote though but i cant find it on the site - I think it had a full LCD display and probably cost so much....
     
  4. Paul D

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    The 885 isn't out until the 31st May at the earliest.

    Ebuyer will probably list it soon.

    The CCL link in the other Harmony thread seems a great price.
    or click here for link
     
  5. Paul D

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    I've ordered one from CCL, but their stock date keeps slipping.(31st/03rd then 10th)
    Anybody ordered from them before?
    Are they genuine with their stock dates?
     
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    Paul i am tring to get an 885 for review will let you know
     
  7. Leigh_1973

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    Ive got an 885 on order as well from CCL. Current delivery to them is the 10th June. This will be my first remote to control all of my devices, i cant wait :thumbsup:

    EDIT :

    take a look over at remotcentral at the harmony forum. The US have had this for a while (its the 880 in the US) People are setting up channel logos and all sorts for the colour screen and assigning channels to the hardbuttons next to it
     
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    Are there any other online retailers that have this in stock? CCL only ships to UK and Ireland at the moment.
     
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    The 885's are not due into the UK until the summer.

    Just back from hols, jet lag and email inbox permitting, I'll see if there is a date yet.
     
  11. Paul D

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    vex, i hope to god you are wrong :eek:
     
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    Its JUNE does summmer mean late Aug to logitech
     
  13. Leigh_1973

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    Surely June is in the summer season! :lesson:
     
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    Got an email this morning!

    From the AV side of the market the 885 Delayed, Still hoped to be launched at UK CEDIA Expo at the end of this month.

    I believe the pc side of the supply chain buy from a different wholesaler and I can't comment for them. They are also the ones distroying the prices :suicide:

    I will keep you as posted as I can.
     
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    What do you mean destroying the prices? Surely its better for the consumer if the price isnt over inflated?!? Im certainly more than happy to pay less!
     
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    Of course I agree with you Leigh, however the computer industry is alway erroding prices down so far that for the margins it is not worth touching to the specialists. I am now dumping my stock of 655's and 688's because at these prices it is not worth holding them on the shelf.

    In this case the prices have now been erroded so far that they are below what the AV industry can buy them from the respected specialist av wholesaler for. And they were the ones resposible for bringing it in and the success of the Harmony brand in the first place.

    IMO they are distroying the brand rather than supporting it and bolstering it. Typical of pile it high, sell it cheap sales. Add this to the typical 'I am happy making 5% so I'll sell it for that'' mentality of PC Retailers.

    /gets of soap box :mad: :(
     
  18. Leigh_1973

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    I agree that everyone has to make a decent profit, but i dont agree with them making a huge profit like they do on lots of items in the UK. Saying that it is slowly getting better.
     

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