Control up to 15 devices in your home with this Logitech Harmony Touch 915-000198 universal remote, which features an intuitive color touch screen with customizable channel icons for simple control over your home entertainment components.
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Some advantages/disadvantages compared to Harmony
Posted by: dmdmdmdmdmd from: usa on
Recommendation: If you buy the Harmony Touch (HTouch), get it from a store with a satisfaction guaranty so that you can return it if you find the less costly Harmony One (H1) more to your liking -- and I think most people will.
There are two main difference between the HTouch and H1. The first is that many of the hard buttons have been moved to the touch screen. On the screen they are laid out in lists with sublists (or menus with submenus) so it's a little harder to find things that are buried one level lower down. The benefit of this is that the device is smaller.
The second main difference is that the HTouch has favorites--up to 50 individual icon buttons for up to 50 TV channels so you can go directly to a Channel with one press. These are custom touchscreen buttons that imitate a person pressing numbers in sequence to change TV channels. The HTouch types them out rather slowly so you have to hold the unit steadily aimed as if you were typing the numbers yourself until the sequence is complete -- if you don't hold the Htouch steadily aimed then some portion of the sequence will be received by the cable box or TV so that say "828" works as "82" or "28" or just "8, etc. In fact, it's faster to type them yourself but some folks will prefer to use the favorites.
There are several minor difference es that will matter more to some than to others.
One other, minor, difference is that, to program the H1 you started software on your PC which then took you online. With the HTouch you go online via a web browser. The first time it will download software, but this is only a temporary program used to isntall the hardware driver. Thereafter, you go online rather than using software on your PC like the H1.
Another minor difference is that the Htouch does not have a replaceable battery like the H1. You're expected to find the device obsolete before it needs a new battery.
The H1 has a motion detector so that it wakes up/lights up when you pick it up. The HTouch requires a button press or screen tap to come wake up.
Lastly, you have to get to the main screen to reach the device button on the HTouch. When you press OFF with one of the remotes, if it is not aimed correctly, then one of the devices #TV, sound amplifier, Cable box# might not turn off. With the H1, you press device, select the device and select the power off button. With the HTouch, you turn the activity #and all its devices# back on and try turning it off again or drill down.
Also note that all touch screen buttons feel the same. Dedicated buttons can be sculpted or arranged so that you can find them without looking -- not so the touch screen buttons. There are dedicated and touch screen buttons on both the HTouch and H1, but many more HTouch buttons are on the touch screen.
Other than that just about anything you can do with one you can do with the other and do so with just a button press #or tap# or two.
It's true that some adjustments can be made directly on the remote without hooking it up to your PC but once you have the remote set up, that is of little consequence and therefore, not a major difference; not something you will appreciate for more than a few minutes during the lifetime of the device.
If those differences are worth a $100 to you, then get a HTouch instead of a H1. For most folks, I don't think the differences will be worth it and they will be as happy or happier with a H1 and save $100 to boot. Overall,I'd say the H1 is the superior remote while Htouch has a couple of nice improvements that don't make up for its shortfalls.
Touch screens are really in fashion -- they're hip, now, today! ;) Well, seriously, they can have advantages but terrible disadvantages too and on the HTouch the screen amply has both. You get a lot of buttons in a smaller space but you can't always tap #or swipe# what you want). Logitech doesn't yet understand touch screens and human fingers; the HTouch screen, like that on the H1, is much too small for too many people. Cell phone makers learned this lesson a few years ago and Apple eventually learned this lesson on its phones and recently came out with bigger screens -- this isn't just an advantage for watching movies in what is still a really tiny format but also an advantage for human fingers to easily maneuver around the buttons without accidentally overlapping onto the wrong buttons. Remember those folks you knew that had the early tinier touch screens cell phones that were so often fiddling with miss-taps and pretending they didn't mind because touch screens were so cool? Welcome to Logitech touchscreens. Everyone got wiser except Logitech, who is still off its game in this regard. When you try to swipe you will sometimes be read as tapping; expert swipers learn to overcome this. But skill can't shrink your fingers; too often when you tap one button you will be read as tapping another. This is annoying enough to make you want to forget about swiping and tapping and look up some new four letter words to freshen your vocabulary.
If you buy the HTouch, get it from a store with a satisfaction guaranty so that you can return it if you find the less costly H1 more to your liking.
21 out of 21 found this review helpful.
What? they replaced a good model for this.
Posted by: ReadyKilowatt from: CA on
I have been using Harmony remotes for the past 10 years. They were great, then Logitech took over. It seems the software gets dumber and dumber, losing critical advanced programming features, necessary for many installations. This version is their worst.
Now they release this 'touch' A touch screen remote is never a good idea, touch screen are great for a device you are interacting with, but a remote you are interacting with the TV, not the remote, so you want your eyes on the TV not the remote. Not intuitive.
They also moved the critical and often used DVR buttons to the top, which is not reachable without changing your hand position. Then there is the touch screen, and it's "gestures" There are only five you can program, you can't do this through software but must do it on the remote, again non-intuitive. But it does not default to this state, so you not only have to activate your current activity, you then must hit the gestures button after to activate the touch screen.
This touch screen is no iPhone either, it does not work well, it misses a lot of commands, and there is this little help '?' at the bottom that is constantly getting hit taking you to a seemingly endless loop, again not helpful.
To be honest this feels like it was designed by people that have never used a remote control, TV or another other audio device, nor an iPhone/touch screen device. It seems like they were trying to complete a checklist of features: touch screen; check, black; check, fewer buttons; check...
none of which they do well.
And for $250 it is very expensive considering it is still an IR only universal remote, no RF, no bluetooth, no replaceable battery, the software is their worse yet (web based only, with a very poor and buggy interface)
This could have worked if they would have:
Left all the buttons on the bottom where your fingers are.
Made the touch screen gestures default to on, let the user add more gestures (5 is not enough)
add RF and bluetooth
more than one activity per screen right now you only get one, the screen is larger that the Harmony One but yet they allow much less information.
and I am sure a hose of other items...
or just listen to your users and not the marketing people that have people to operate the remotes for them.
They should have never discontinued the Harmony One.
I for one will be looking for another company to supple my universal remotes from this point forward.
18 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Pjeezy85 from: Cromwell, CT on
I was looking to replace my Harmony One so I could move it to my bedroom. I read about this one and could not wait to try it.
First, I have to say that the setup was unbelievably easy! The Harmony software that comes with the Harmony One is garbage. It always had problems running on my Mac and PC. I was skeptical about the web interface, but it was extremely user friendly and worked perfectly on my both OS's. The transfer process from the Harmony One to the Harmony Touch was simple and setting up the favorite channels was easy. Setup took about 15 minutes, tops.
Using the remote is so much easier because of the size and functionality of the touch screen. I run DirecTV, my Blu-Ray player, Apple TV, Xbox 360, and PS3 with it and they all work perfectly with it. The touch screen is responsive and the buttons are perfect sized. The favorite TV shows work perfectly, too.
I think the Harmony One is a great remote and didn't think they would be able to top it. With the Harmony Touch, they did.
19 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Awkward - major step backwards
Posted by: BW72 from: on
I’ve been using Harmony remotes for a long time, mainly (as I’ve told anyone interested) because they’re really THE ONLY GAME IN TOWN. That aside, I was fairly satisfied with the Harmony One that this remote replaced. The absence of physical number buttons makes this remote almost un-usable with a cable TV account. The touch screen is just not responsive enough to enter numbers on, especially anything beyond 2-digits, you just can’t do it fast enough as it usually seems to take a couple presses. While I haven't used it, I would really recommend you go with the (much cheaper) 650, especially for cable as you will really need the number buttons.
I also have a big thumbs down for Best Buy, who took waaaaay to long to deliver this item which was in stock just a couple miles away from me. When I ordered they said 2-days but it was closer to 10.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Harmony One Is Better
Posted by: Laurelmn from: Minneapolis on
After hearing so much about the Harmony Remote, I went to the store and bought what was available: Harmony Touch. Ouch, I wasn't planning on spending so much money!!!! Took it home and programmed it. Soon realized that it had no Skip Track button, but had fast forward. Not very nice for playing CDs, or Blu Ray. Then I discovered that there was no way to ever replace the battery. I found the Harmony One at 1 store in the vicinity, so I took the HTouch back and saved myself a lot of money!
Harmony One is much better, and has a Skip Track button where I need it!!!
7 out of 7 found this review helpful.
Best smart remote for $250 on this planet!!!!!
Posted by: tallica from: nyc,ny on
This is simply the BEST remote you can possibly own. If the Logitech people took this long to come up with this next generation remote then it was well worth the wait. The only issue was transferring data from the old remote but the customer service help desk at logitech will do everything for you. They will actually program your remote!!!
The feel and ease of use are a major upgrade from anything I have ever seen. The 50 favorite channels on the touch screen are simply amazing to have at your finger tips. This was always a feature that the $2000 Crestron remotes always had. Awesome. Just buy the remote and then call the 1800 Harmony tech support to set it up for you!!!!
12 out of 15 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Zachary12345 from: Ohio on
Saw this remote while browsing my local Best Buy in Canton, Ohio. I tried searching the net for info and found nothing.I went ahead and purchased, 1 week later Logitech officially announced it. So far it working great, easily setup with my TWC lineup for favorites. Love it. Whats even better is I made it on Engadget and provide them a few pictures as no one new anything about this remote.
21 out of 29 found this review helpful.
Great remote, but a little finicky
Posted by: Belac from: on
Bought this to replace the 1/2 dozen remotes in my entertainment center...it does that job wonderfully. However the review would have gotten 4 stars had the Activities function(s) worked more then 75% of the time. The online software found all my models no problem and setting up activities in the software was easy; but when using an activity I still find myself having to select an individual device on the remote to turn on/off, change input, or volume many times defeating the purpose of the one touch activity. Beyond that a good product that condensed my remote collection.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Worst Harmony I have ever used
Posted by: Stickpedo from: Baltimore on
I bought this remote to replace a Harmony 880 that was getting old and the power button was broken. The design on this remote is so bad. There is no tilt sensor, so when you pick it up the back light doesn't turn on. So when you are using it in a dark room, you have to push a button first which in turn sends commands to your devices. The DVD controls are on top above the touch screen. So when you use them you hit the touch screen which sends commands to your devices. The IR emitter is so weak you have to point it directly at your device receivers almost comically or it won't register. Which then puts you in a half started command limbo where you have to use the troubleshooter. Also, the weak IR makes you have to hit the buttons twice most of the time.
When I set up the remote to control my theater with a Panasonic VT50 TV it wouldn't change the HDMI inputs with the one touch command. Customer service was worthless; making me go through all these menus on the TV, like it wasn't the remote's fault. I finally just lied to the remote and told it I had a VT30 to make it work.
I only use the remote for movies and Xbox which means I use the remote to turn it on, push play and then turn it off when I'm done. Every time I shut everything down I check the battery life on the remote to see if I have to plug it in. When it gets to about half life, the next day it will be 100% dead. I can't imagine how bad the battery life is if you use it to watch television where you are constantly changing the channel or using the fast forward button on your DVR.
I honestly don't understand how this remote gets such good reviews, because it's so bad. I guess if you have never used a universal remote before, this one seems like magic. However, I own three other Harmony remotes and I have set up 2 additional for family members. I can honestly say this is the worst one I have ever used.
5 out of 5 found this review helpful.
Very nice remote
Posted by: anon321 from: Columbus, OH on
This is the first universal remote that I have owned (aside from the Directv remote). My home theater system has a new Cambridge Audio amplifier, which was not detected by the Directv remote. Therefore, I was in the market for a Universal that would control everything. Well, I found it and it's the Harmony Touch.
I was a bit apprehensive (I mean, come on, it's 250 dollars for a remote) but the design, size and touch screen was so appealing I thought I would give it a shot. I looked at the reviews prior (which were not many, given it's new release) and knew there were a few issues. Overall, I'm very glad I purchased it.
The set up was very easy and it recognized all of my components. A few caveats for those interested though. If you have a PS3 (which I do) you have to buy a bluetooth adapter which is about 50 dollars. I knew that, and went ahead with the purchase. There were reviews about it disconnecting your game controller...etc, but I have not had any issues with it thus far and it works just fine. Additionally, when you are setting up your remote, occasionally when you make a change or add/delete a favorite channel, the sync process gets stuck. I was all ready to write a bad review, and just tried to save and log-out of my harmony account. If you do this, it will sync just fine. A bit annoying, granted, but not that big of a deal.
The commands and series allow you to do fun things such as program it to start Pandora on Directv if you know the order and sequence you would normally use (menu, down, down, down, right...etc.) although it's a bit like getting 30 lives in Contra, it pretty slick nonetheless. You can label the command, press it once and off it goes. I like it, at least.
The touch screen design is great, and the colors are nice, but you have to be a bit careful when scrolling through your favorite channels. Occasionally, you will press one and it will change the channel. I can avoid this by making sure my thumb is on the outside, or inside of the actual icons. I wish there was a side bar to ensure this and completely avoid accidental channel changes, but again, it's not that big of a deal.
In reference to some of the other reviews regarding not being able to program the keypad buttons; I've been able to program it to do anything I want. Whatever "activity" I'm currently using, will change the buttons automatically. For example, when I'm watching a bluray on PS3, the buttons are for the PS3. I don't change the channel, so maybe it is the case that the bottom buttons can't be changed (I don't remember from the account login), but that could easily be addressed with the touch screen. You can place any command for any device on the touch screen during an activity if you wish. Additionally, the channel button for my "watching tv" activity, is set to Directv. I would think that if you have a separate activity to "Listen to Satellite" the channel button would correspond.
Anyway, overall I think it's a great remote so far and would recommend it.