Logitech Harmony One


posted 4/2/2008 by John Yan
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For those that have RF components, you’ll have to wait until the next iteration of the remote as the Harmony One is strictly an IR remote. The IR is pretty strong and I was able to activate my devices in a wide range of angles. With IR you have the limitations of the technology being you have to have a line of sight to the sensor but for those, like me, who haven’t jumped into the RF area yet, this isn’t a big deal.

Like the Harmony 880, the Harmony One features a rechargeable Lithium-ion battery. To recharge, you drop the remote into the included cradle. My current Harmony 880 has problems charging when docked because the contacts are small and the contacts on the cradle sometimes don’t spring back high enough to reach the remote. Logitech has fixed this issue it seems with the Harmony One as the remote has two very large metal contacts for the cradle to come in contact with. Now, it’s going to take some time to see if problems develop in charging like the Harmony 880 but visually it seems Logitech has done enough to correct this problem. The battery is rated for about a week’s worth of usage and of course that heavily depends on how much you use the remote. From my tests I found the battery to last longer than my Harmony 880’s rechargeable battery in similar usage. If the battery should ever die out, you can replace it easily.


As with all Harmony remotes, you program the peripheral via software on your computer that accesses the Harmony database of products. I had the 880 setup with my account and it was simple to transfer the settings over to the Harmony One. One thing I didn't like was that you can only attach one remote per account so for people like me who own more than one you have to setup a different email address for each remote. I would've liked to have seen a way to attach more than one remote per account and have the ability to cycle through as to which one I am currently programming. The interface to program the remote can be a little confusing at first and even after using it a few times I’m still a little lost on where things are if I haven’t been in the program in a while. The programming of the buttons are pretty straight forward but fine tuning other functions of the remote can take you a little bit of time to find.

At $250, the Harmony One is expensive but I have to admit it’s my favorite Harmony remote currently. The only one I haven’t tried though is the Harmony 1000 but of all the candy bar shaped Harmony remotes, the Harmony One is definitely at the top of my list. There’s not much that I don’t like about it and plenty that I do. If you have a good deal of components to control and they are all visible to you, the Harmony One is a great choice to control them all.

The Harmony One addresses the problems of the Harmony 880 as well as add a nice touchscreen LCD. Great to use and easy to program.

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