Product Review, Logitech Harmony 520 Universal Remote

The Logitech Harmony 520 universal remote is just one of the offerings from this leader in the electronics industry. Universal remotes have been around for a long time, but the features on this remote are what sets it apart from your typical remote. This remote is fully programmable, and will do most of the thinking for you when you are using it. The whole goal of the remote is to allow you to switch easily between components without having to use separate remotes or having to get up to turn on the different electronics. It is meant to be used by any member of your household, even the kids or a babysitter.

The Harmony 520 can control up to 12 different components. This means you can hook up your video gaming systems, DVD player, VCR., TV, and surround sound system. It will even allow you to hook up other household items, like the lighting in your home. While this may seem like it might be confusing, you can plug the remote into your computer to set everything up on line, or you can use Logitech’s online tech assistance to get everything working for you.

The great thing about this remote is that it allows anyone to figure out how to use those tricky electronic components with ease. After everything is set up each of your components will work with the touch of a button. You won’t have to worry about changing lines and channels when switching from TV to DVD like before. The remote has an easy-to-read LCD screen that walks you through every step.

One issue that the Harmony remote does have is that batteries do not last as long as they do in traditional remotes. This is primarily due to the LCD screen on the remote, and is pretty forgivable considering all of the benefits of the remote. Using rechargeable batteries will help you cut down on costs associated with this.

The remote comes with software for set up that is fully compatible with Windows and Mac, a USB cord, batteries, and your owners manual. The Harmony 520 universal remote can be found at retailers like Sears, Best Buy, and Wal Mart. They can also be found online at Tigerdirect.com. Tigerdirect.com offers the remote in both new and refurbished conditions. The refurbished remotes can be purchased for about half of the manufacturer’s retail price. Regular price for the remote is around $100.00.