|Logitech Harmony 890-Pro Advanced Universal Remote|
|Featured Reviews: Accessories|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Thursday, 07 June 2007|
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Closer Look: Logitech Harmony 890 Pro
Considering the large amount of technology present in the Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced remote control, the chassis is surprisingly small and lightweight. Nearly every other remote control occupies a much larger footprint on the table space. Logitech used a bit of common sense when they designed the Harmony 890: instead of a thin remote which is long and wide, they designed the Harmony 890 with a little more rise to it which allowed them to cut the length and width down considerably.
The Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced could probably be considered a beautifully sculptured piece of technology thanks to the ergonomic design and smooth contours. The flat black finish is accented by polished smoke-tinted chrome buttons surrounding the LCD display.
You can begin to see that the buttons are all laid out in similar fashion to other remotes. In order to properly control the Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced in dark environments there is a "Glow" button which illuminates all of the buttons with an backlight. One of the few negative marks was discovered in the dark-chrome buttons surrounding the LCD: in low light conditions the text labels on them are very thin and nearly invisible. Alternatively, in very bright light (daylight), the engraved text is equally unnoticeable. Unfortunately, most of the buttons I need are in this button array.
The Li-Ion batter inserts into the underside of the Logitech Harmony 890 Pro Advanced. The compartment door is very firm, but since you will likely on ever need to open just once, the fact that it won't pop open and drop the battery out may provide peace of mind.