|Logitech Harmony 890-Pro Advanced Universal Remote|
|Featured Reviews: Accessories|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 07 June 2007|
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Detailed Features: Harmony 890 Pro
• Simple, One-Touch Activity Control
• Advanced Control without line of Sight
• Guaranteed To Work With Your Devices
• Easy To Set-Up
Logitech has taken many extra steps to ensure that owners of the Harmony 890 Pro Advanced are reassured that they are getting a premium universal remote control. When you first open the package, you find the contents nestled into two levels of high-quality velvet-coated plastic trays. The top tray stores the Harmony 890 Pro Advanced remote and charging cradle.
The lower tray contains the A/C power adapter, 4-foot USB data cable (with ferrite core noise choke), a 950mAh 3.7V rechargeable Li-Ion battery, and the Logitech Harmony Remote software CD-ROM. In my review, I decided to download the most current Harmony remote software directly from the Logitech website.
When the Harmony 890 Pro Advanced charging cradle is plugged into an A/C power source, the indigo blue ring lights up. This may or may not become a distraction, since the ring remains lit at all times so long as the cradle is receiving power. My thoughts on this design were mixed.
On one hand, the indigo blue ring provided a reminder that the Harmony 890 remote was not returned to the cradle. On the other hand, the remotes usually rest somewhere near the coffee table or on a seat. This means that I must either plug in the cradle nearby to where I want access to the remote, or I can charge the remote and plug in the cradle whenever I need to recharge the Harmony 890 Pro Advanced. For now, it is more convenient for me to keep the remote handy and the cradle stored away.
The underside of the Harmony 890 Pro Advanced charging cradle is contoured to provide a channel for the A/C power cable. This makes for a flush mount on top of a table of desk. The charging cradle cannot be mounted vertically, as it was not designed to secure the remote.