The $129 price tag is obviously the biggest of the Harmony
?s drawbacks. Even with the $30 mail-in rebate, the Harmony
remote is still a pricey addition to your home theater setup. But, given all the remote's functions, it is really hard to argue against it, at least if you're a serious A/V junkie. If your basic needs don't extend past needing to turn on the TV and 360, then the Harmony
is simply too much for your needs.
Aside for the price, I ran across a few minor problems with the Harmony, though none were big enough that I didn?t keep using it. The most persistent of these problems was that I had to go through the setup with my PS2 more than once in order to get the settings to work just right. Even though I programmed it to switch to the player's output channel, the remote insisted on switching to another output when I turned everything on. In the end, all this really had me doing was pressing one additional button, which really wasn't that big a deal, especially considering what playing a PS2 game used to require.
I also hit a few snags when trying to adjust certain aspects using the LCD screen. The writing on the screen is big and easy to read, but at the same time, it does require some deciphering when you're trying to tell the difference between certain functions. I also discovered that some of my receiver's functions weren't on the remote, such as the option of switching to certain sound settings.
Changing channels using the number keys also provided a few problem that I?m still trying to work out. When trying to change to a double (or triple) digit channel using the number keys, the first number would go in, but the second one wouldn't ? sometimes causing the channel to switch from one single-digit channel to another instead of the double-digit one. In other words, when trying to go to channel "25", it would go to "2" then switch to "5". This wouldn't happen all of the time, but enough that it became noticeable. I have discovered that the problem seems to vary with TV, so it could just as well be something with my TV rather than the remote.
The Harmony for Xbox 360 is designed with what Microsoft would label the "HD Era" gamer; the guy who has the big screen HDTV hooked into a surround sound system that's all tied wirelessly into his Media Center PC over this wireless network. So, if you need a remote to just turn on the TV and 360, the Harmony is probably a little too much and probably wouldn't be worth the price tag. However, if you think you fit the above description, the Harmony is probably what you've been looking for.