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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

Detailed Features: Harmony 890 Pro

• Simple, One-Touch Activity Control
Control your entire home entertainment system with just one button. Choose the "Watch a DVD" activity and the Harmony remote will power on your TV, DVD player, and stereo receiver, set all the inputs and even eject the bay.

• Advanced Control without line of Sight
The Harmony 890 remote uses Z-wave wireless home automation technology to control entertainment devices without a direct line of sight. Hide wires and components behind cabinet doors or in a different room and command it all with one remote.

• Guaranteed To Work With Your Devices
The Harmony 890 remote delivers full control of up to 15 devices. Logitech's on-line database includes over 5,000 manufacturers and over 200,000 devices - everything from HDTV's to projectors, from DVR's to VCR's, lighting controls and more!

Easy To Set-Up
The Harmony set-up wizard does the programming, so you don't have to. Just connect your remote to your computer and answer a few questions about how you currently use your home theater. Logitech's patented Smart State Technology does the rest.

Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote

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.

Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote

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.

Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote

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.

Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote

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.

Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced Universal Remote

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.


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