Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote

People are living with ever increasing number of electrical appliances these days, and none more so than found in the living room.

What used to be space for only the tube is now occupied by flat panel LED TVs, DVD players, satellite decoders, media players, AV amplifiers and HiFi equipment. With all these appliances in one area, it’s not surprising to find the living room coffee table cluttered with remote controls of all sorts. Take a look at my living room for instance:

living room electrical appliances
A myriad of electrical appliances in my living room – Plasma TV, Satellite Decoder, Media Player,
DVD Player, CD Player and HiFi Amplifier. Don’t mind the mess!

Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote Control

Comes the universal remote control to save the day.

I have been happily using the Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote for a while now, and have relegated the individual remote controls to a box in the store room. It’s affordable convenience – no longer do you need to juggle between two to three remotes to get your entertainment on the telly, be it from the satellite decoder, DVD player or media player.

The Logitech Universal Harmony 300 Universal Remote helps to initiate a satellite-TV watching session in a very automated way. All that needs to be done, in my case, is to push a single power button while pointing the device in the general direction of the two appliances – the TV and the Satellite Decoder.

Which is great – just one button, no remote juggling! The remote then automatically resumes in Satellite Decoder mode without the need switch modes, and channel surfing takes place immediately thereafter just by pushing the channel up and down buttons.

It is automated convenience that a couch potato can definitely appreciate.

Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote Control
The Logitech Harmony 300 connects to the PC via a USB cable, where new remote codes can be uploaded or updated with new appliances that you buy.
Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote Control
The micro USB port is located at the front of the remote control, in the middle just right above the IR port. The lonely green power button near the top initiates a satellite-TV watching session in an automated way.
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Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote Control

The Logitech Harmony 300 replaces up to 4 remote control units, and the models for thousands of appliance brands are factory built-in, with countless more downloadable from the manufacturer’s website. These new codes can be downloaded from the Logitech website to your PC, and then uploaded to the remote via a USB cable that connects to the micro USB port at the front end of the remote (see photos above).

The Logitech Harmony 300 also allows you to learn commands and codes from your existing remote controls if they are not found on the website, via a separate smaller IR port at the bottom of the remote (see photo below). I have had to do this with my Imation Media Player and it worked perfectly. Talk about remote brands of remote control!

Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote Control
A smaller IR port at the bottom of the Logitech Harmony 300 allows codes to be learned from your existing remotes, which are transferred simply by pointing those remotes towards this IR port and clicking the appropriate buttons.

The Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote used to retail for under USD80.00 but the price was reduced fairly recently.

The only problem I encountered with this remote was that some buttons registered double action with a single press, which can be frustrating when it comes to scrolling up and down a list of files in the media player.

The selection highlight on-screen would move two steps up or down, and the workaround for this is to point, click, and quickly point away from the appliance so that the second command would not be registered.

Fortunately, this was not the case with channel surfing. Anyway, this problem should be easily resolved with a software update.

Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote
The Logitech Harmony 300 uses two AA batteries, placed in the compartment located on the underside of the remote near the small IR port.

The Logitech Harmony 300 Universal Remote is an affordable recommended buy if you love convenience and plan on reducing clutter on your living room coffee table. For those with a higher budget, there are other models with more advanced features such as touch screens to choose from. See the links below for suggestions.






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