Harmony 1000 Universal Remote Control Reviewed

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High Points
• Crestron-like looks to awe all your friends with simple set-up and control of even complicated theaters 
• Access to the largest database of IR codes in the industry and exceptional customer service 
• Rechargeable lithium ion battery keeps the remote ever-ready
• Large color touch screen sure to be the envy of friends.

Low Points
• The Harmony RF extender should be included with the remote for the $499 price

• The touch screen is not customizable, as are other remotes with similar screens, making it necessary to use multiple screens for some actions
• Could benefit from more hard buttons
• IR emitter is in an awkward place, often covered by a finger
• Using IR requires pointing the remote at the device, which makes using the touch screen difficult.

Conclusion
While the Harmony 1000 is a great remote that can easily be the focal point of any consumer-level home theaters, it would benefit from a customizable touch screen and a few more hard buttons. The RF relay should come with the remote, as its own IR emitter is in an awkward place, often covered by a finger, and requires pointing at the device, complicating the use of the touch screen. These small gripes are more than made up for by the coolness factor and ease of set-up offered by this remote. The activity macros and Help button minimize usage problems, even for young children, and enhance the pleasure of use for all. Though not a cheap remote, the Harmony 1000 does more than any remote at its price. If you want more, it will certainly cost you more, and I think most will be more than happy with this remote, especially when adding on the RF relay.

Additional Resources
• Read remote reviews from brands like Monster, URC, Pronto, Crestron, Harmony, Control4 and many others.
• Read more Harmony Remote Reviews here.

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HTR Product Rating for Harmony 1000 Universal Remote Control

Criteria Rating

Performance

4

Value

4

Overall

4

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