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Logitech Harmony 885 Advanced Universal Remote Control

by Logitech
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

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  • Control up to 15 Components including video, audio, gaming, lights, Blu-Ray, laser disc, lights, etc
  • Customizable Buttons: Put your most frequent activities at your fingertips.
  • Plug into a USB port and use the Online Wizard if you need setup process
  • Charging Station: Put your remote in its own home and forget about changing batteries
  • Unique Help Button feature and backlit display
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 20.3 x 3.3 cm ; 821 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
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  • Item model number: 966187-0120
  • ASIN: B000CZ0PEE
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Dec 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (40 customer reviews)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

The Harmony 885 Advanced Universal Remote puts you in control of your entire audio-video system with just one button. It´s home entertainment the way it should be simple.

Optimized for complicated HDTV and PVR systems, the Harmony 885 helps you tame tough configurations like switching your television between video aspect ratios depending on the program source. The interactive color display lets you quickly choose a 16:9 ratio for movies and HDTV, or a standard 4:3 ratio for basic television programming.

Product Description

  • Customizable Buttons: Put your most frequent activities at your fingertips.
  • Plug into a USB port and use the Online Wizard if you need setup process
  • Charging Station: Put your remote in its own home and forget about changing batteries
  • Unique Help Button feature and backlit display


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Customer Reviews

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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Put all your other remotes away in a drawer 30 Jan 2006
I've been using my Harmony 885 remote for 3 months and can honestly say I am glad I invested in it (Alright I didn't buy mine from Amazon and if you search the net you can find it for quite alot £ less).
We used to have 7 remotes sitting on top of the TV (yes 7!!), now there is only 1. The harmony 885 is used to control: TV, VCR, DVD, Sky+, Freeview PVR and a Hi-Fi with no problems.
I use the activity function to switch on multiple things, i.e. the "watch TV" activity switches on the TV, sky+ box and speakers and puts everything to the correct imputs.
It does take some time to set up properly - you can use wizards that guide you through step by step through the process of adding your equipment. TIP: make sure that you know the model codes before you start, it will make things much easier. The equipment we have is all fairly new, so I can't comment on how easy it is to add older equipment, however I have read that if you contact support they will add models and equipment that isn't listed.
The website connections and uploading my settings hasn't been an issue for me, so I can't comment on the problems mentioned by the reviewer below. As with many websites I guess it is all down to time of day that you attempt to do the setup.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent...but it takes time to get it right 3 Sep 2006
By Ken
I had 5 remotes for various devices. Some overlapped in functionality some only did one thing. I wanted a single programmable replacement. I started with a cheaper Strand device and within 10 minutes realised that wasn't going to work. I checked reviews and managed to get a hold of the Harmony 885. I was impressed by the size and shape. The buttons can be a little small and feel cose together but that just means I have to be careful when using it. The screen is nice and big, the soft buttons are neat if close together. All in all a great device.

So how well does it work...? In a word - Great! It has easily replace all of my other remotes and I quickly got used to the device.

So what about the downsides....

You have to program this device via a PC. This means that you have a lot of flexibility with regards to the control software but it's also very daunting..after all this is is just a remote control right(?)

The software is a bit hit and miss - you really need to set aside some time to properly understand it and configure your remote. I managed my first set up in about 20 minutes. That gave me around 55% of what I wanted automatically. That time included me configuring disconnecting, running downsides to check I hadn't broken it and then returning to my PC...

For the most part the software is good once you get used to what it's trying to do. USB is the only connection option and for the most part that should mean few if any connection problems.

The remote learns from other IR devices but I found that this pulled in all manner of weird and meaningless codes that no doubt mean a lot to the remote and the devices that they control but mean a lot less to mere mortals.
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37 of 38 people found the following review helpful
By smash
Make no mistake, this remote is a lovely piece of kit. Great ergonomics, balances well in the hand, has unique 'activity' based approach (bit like a clever version of the home cinema zoned setting on the old One4All multi's) and that colour screen with 8 assignable soft keys per 'page'.
When it works it's great....the problem comes in getting to the working stage. Updating and programming is ONLY available via a web based interface over your internet connection to Logitech servers. Depending on how heavy the traffic is you may have to make several attempts at connecting, let alone going through the whole procedure. logitech themselves must be aware of this as 'saves' are offered along the way, just in case...
The final blow comes somewhat unexpectedly - you may have found the exact make and model number of your device, which the site will confirm and then upload the control codes to the remote, but you may well then find, as I did, that you've been handed a bundle of generic codes relating to all variants of that manufacturers product type! I got 8 pages of soft key controls uploaded fro Toshiba TV - approximately only 10% related to my actual TV features, the rest were for features my TV simply does not have. Still I suppose it covers all bases!
This will leave you in the scenario of having to reassign and rename the keys - remove the 'dead' functions and also, again as in my case, learn missing features from your old remote.
To sumarise, if you have lost or don't have access to your original remotes, this product is not for you. If you have trouble setting the timer on your video, this product is definitely not for you. If you won't something easy to set up and use straight out of the box, this product isn't for you.
BUT if you have good IT skills and are prepared to spend a couple of days setting it up as it should be then you could well be very happy with it.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Katran 21 Nov 2006
By Katran
The idea is great - the whole concept of macro-programming devices (through activity buttons) and loading the setup from the Internet works very well.

However Harmony 885 has its limitations in terms of design and build. My first problem is with numerical keypad - the buttons are in a gapless layout and it is very easy to press the neighbouring button accidentally even with not the largest of thumbs. The other thing is the screen. One of the reasons I chose 885 ahead of cheaper Harmonies is the colour screen. Unfortunately the screen is quite low-res and the information there is not very readable (besides the fact that on-screen fonts look ugly). The contrast is especially stark if you compare the screen with the likes you have on modern mobile phones.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Best remote ever! Still in use after 7 years
This is the best universal remote ever for power users, that want full control and programmable sequences! Read more
Published 23 days ago by S. Jost
4.0 out of 5 stars Great gadget
Fantastic for when the baysitter has to operate 4 different remotes and will never get it right.
Easy to set up and intuitive. Read more
Published on 1 Nov 2010 by London Spring
1.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointed
I bought the Logitech 885 just before Christmas hoping to simplify the tv viewing period over the hols. Read more
Published on 9 Jan 2010 by Rhapsody
3.0 out of 5 stars A good idea.. .but
The idea is fantastic - get rid of all remotes and replace them with this. But.....
It takes ages to program - even though the PC app to do this is fairly good, but it just is... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2009 by Mr. Adam Woods
5.0 out of 5 stars Two years (plus) on and still going strong.
Logitech Harmony 885 Advanced Universal Remote Control

Well I have had mine for just over two years now and it's still going strong. Read more
Published on 31 Oct 2009 by Gardening Man, Northern France
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good remote
Very easy to program and setup and works completely. The device database is huge. Works a dream with my Sony AMP, Oppo DVD, Sony CD, Samsung Blu-Ray & Television and my Sky+ HD... Read more
Published on 14 Aug 2009 by Darron Gibbard
3.0 out of 5 stars Works, but should be better
I got it to replace a lost remote but it couldn't match all the functions - although I didn't email them to chase it up. Read more
Published on 7 Aug 2009 by Jaybee
1.0 out of 5 stars Great to use, awful support and build quality
The 885 is a really nice remote to use and very easy to set up and quite tweakable to get it to behave exactly as you like. Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2009 by Mr. S. Casey
5.0 out of 5 stars Brings perfect Harmony to the living room
The Logitech Harmony 885 is superp piece of kit. It is easy to set up and makes the equipment we have work seemlessly together. Gone are the days of finding the right remote. Read more
Published on 18 Jun 2009 by Dr. J. Tunnciliffe
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but questionable robustness
I've had this for over 2 years now. Once set up, which is time consuming, it works a treat.

But..... Read more
Published on 21 April 2009 by mjs247
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