REVIEW: Logitech Harmony 350 Universal Remote Control

I work from home, and my home office setup is just a small spot on my bedroom. On my right is my television where my cable box is connected, DVD player, Apple TV and my air conditioning system is on top of it. On my right is a remote-controlled electric fan. Infront of me are 2 MacBook Pros and large extra computer monitor. When I wake up in the morning, I just want to sit in my home office chair and operate everything with a push of a button. Some people call it lazy, well, I call it techie. Well yeah, partly I’m lazy, haha!

THE PROBLEM:

All of my remote-controlled devices obviously comes with different remote controls. And even if I dedicated a small basket to place all remotes, they sometimes either get lost somewhere in the room or I can’t find the remote that I need from the pile.

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THE SOLUTION:

I decided to look for a universal remote. Not just a normal universal remote that you could find in stores. Something that can replace all my remotes and that will actually work. That’s where I found Logitech Harmony 350 on eBay.

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COMPARISON:

I actually haven’t tried any of the Logitech Harmony remotes (for full list, click here) or their competition (if any), but when I saw the description, I told myself, this is exactly what I needed!

MY ACTUAL REVIEW (PROS):

It works for Apple TV, for my MacBook Pro, for my PlayStation and even my unbranded remote control-powered electric fan. It has an easy-to-use native app for Windows or Macs. Your device isn’t on their vast list of supported devices? No problem! For as long as you have the existing remote, you can teach your Logitech Harmony 350 by beaming up your old remote control to your universal remote while using the app, assign the buttons and you’re good to go. It also has a “Watch TV” button that opens several devices all at once. In my case, I assigned my “Watch TV” button for my television, cable box and electric fan to open all at once when I pressed it.

CONS:

There’s only one thing I hate… It is how slow the app works on a Mac and how Microsoft Silverlight is prompting me to update everytime I try to open the app.

MY VERDICT

I’m giving it 4.5 out of 5 stars. Not so perfect because of the app, haha!