Logitech, makers of everything from excellent mice like the
MX1000 Laser mouse we reviewed here, to high end digital speakers, also has a
full line of high quality Universal remotes.
They currently offer 5 models, ranging in price from the $150.00 Harmony
659, all the way up to the $250.00 Harmony 880.
Today we will be looking at their mid-level Harmony 676 Advanced
Universal Remote. At a list price of
$200.00, our expectations are pretty high, but Logitech hasn’t disappointed us
Customize the look of your Harmony remote with changeable faceplates
Set up the remote quickly and simply with the online Web wizard
Use the 3 one-touch activity buttons with Smart State Technology® to watch movies, listen to music, or enjoy your favorite TV shows
Integrate up to 15 devices: TVs, DVD or CD players, VCRs, PVRs, cable or satellite boxes, speaker systems, and more
Control all brands and devices… anything that uses infrared commands
No macro programming required
Need assistance? Just push the Help button
The remote is packaged in Logitech’s usual green and white
box, with the remote itself visible through the clear plastic, as well as the 3
included face plates. Included are the
remote; 3 interchangeable faceplates in silver, blue and red; an application
CD; a USB cable; manual; and 4 batteries.
The base portion is a matte black, and as mentioned, the face
plate can be swapped to match your décor, or to differentiate this remote
visually from another you might have. “Honey,
hand me the remote…no the silver one…no the OTHER silver one”--though why you
would need any other one is beyond me. The
overall shape and “heft” of the remote is good, with buttons easily reached by
even larger hands. Button feel is good with a rubbery surface that grabs nicely and offers excellent tactile
feedback. The gentle glow of the buttons is just right for navigating in a dark room--without being obnoxious.
Important buttons are color coded for easy location at a
glance, and are grouped somewhat by function; the LCD display is well placed and easy to read in all light conditions.
The overall impression is of a solidly built, well-designed, remote.