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Written by Olin Coles   
Thursday, 07 June 2007
Table of Contents: Page Index
Logitech Harmony 890-Pro Advanced Universal Remote
Features and Specifications
Detailed Features: Harmony 890
Closer Look: Harmony 890
Setup and Installation
Final Thoughts and Conclusion

Harmony Features

When you review a product such as the Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced, the list of features can become a boring read. In truth, the list was too long, and was page destined to be passed over by even the most patient reader. I went easy on that list, and decided to break it up and place snippets into different sections of this article. On this page you will find only the most important features which separate the Harmony 890 Pro Advanced from the average universal remote control.

The Harmony 890 remote sends RF commands to the wireless receiver with a wireless range of up to 100 feet, and the receiver then blasts infrared signals to the components. The Harmony 890 remote is also designed so that a person can navigate through photos, videos, and music on a PC by using the optional Harmony USB wireless PC transceiver, which plugs directly into the computers USB port.

The Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced universal remote control supports the Z-Wave wireless technology standard, which is used by manufacturers of dimmer switches for lighting, climate controls, and security systems. The Harmony 890 remote is already capable of control advanced lighting systems using this standard, and will eventually support other categories of home-automation systems in the near future. An additional (optional) range extender is available to help offer coverage to far reaching area's.

Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote

Time-saving Setup
One of the staple features of the award-winning Harmony family of universal remote controls is the easy online setup. Logitech's comprehensive online database features discrete codes and characteristics of more than 100, 000 different devices models from more than 3, 000 different manufacturers. This online database of detailed information is updated daily with the latest devices. Even my brand new Sharp AQUOS LC-52D62U 52" 1080P HDTV was discovered in Logitech's database despite the fact that the product was so fresh to the retail market.

As consumers set up a Harmony 890 remote, they enter component or appliance model numbers using the online interface, and the Harmony setup wizard matches the component with the appropriate infrared codes. This simple process alleviates the need to program a remote with dozens of individual infrared commands. The Harmony 890 remote plugs into a PC so that these codes can be easily downloaded to the remote through the included USB cable. Once programmed, the Harmony remote sends wireless signals that automatically update all the Harmony wireless receivers throughout the house with the latest control information.

Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote

Logitech Smart State Technology
The Harmony 890 remote delivers powerful activity control by using Logitech's patented Smart State Technology, which allows a remote to track the operations of the various components it controls. Harmony 890 remote users can effortlessly switch between watching high definition television and listening to music in surround sound, by selecting a single activity button. Each time a new activity is selected, the remote establishes the proper state of all of the components needed for the current activity, and turns off the components not needed.

The Harmony 890 remote makes use of one-touch activity buttons that include any combination of entertainment components, and even light settings. The simplicity of Logitech Smart State Technology makes it easy for customers to operate the remote.

Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote

Designed for State-of-the-Art Home-Entertainment Systems
Maintaining the same popular comfort-grip design featured on previous Harmony remotes, the new Harmony 890 remote includes a vibrant, color display that serves as a personalized activity control center. Colorful icons accompany text on the display to allow for quick and easy command of home-entertainment equipment and household appliances. The remote is fully backlit so it is easy to navigate in the dark, and the finely sculpted primary navigation controls - such as play, pause, record and the number buttons - are easily identified by touch due to their varied size, shape and location. The remotes sleek polished chrome directional pad and buttons are contrasted by the remotes silver finish.

The remote also uses a rechargeable lithium-ion battery, eliminating the need to change batteries. When the remote is not in use, it rests on an attractive charging platform.

Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote

Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Description

Logitech introduces radio frequency to its award-winning line of Harmony universal remote controls. The Harmony 890 remote has all the great features of the best-selling Harmony 880 remote, but adds the ability to control devices without a direct line of sight. Hide all the wires and components behind cabinet doors or in a separate room and still command them with the one-touch activity buttons on the Harmony 890 universal remote.

• Complete control with one remote
• Replaces up to 15 remote controls
• Works with components hidden behind walls or in cabinets
• So advanced, it's simple



 

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