I switched over to using Logitech Harmony remotes (evidently) in 2007. I was tired of
having, at a minimum, 3 remotes laying around for the TV, receiver, and DVD
player. The benefit of the Harmony remotes over others of the time was that the
Harmony was programmed via the internet so that it wouldn't become obsolete as
new electronics came to market. Instead of punching in a PIN to program the
remote to work with the TV I now had, only to hope my future TV would have an
equivalent PIN, Logitech just updates drivers on their website and everything
The 880 was my first remote which I thoroughly enjoyed. Around my birthday soon
thereafter the 1000 was on sale which had more of a tricorder feel. I used the
880 in for the bedroom TV and the 1000 for the living room TV. The problem was
that the 1000 was not suited for couch surfing as the device + button layout
don't lend for 1-handed channel surfing. So after a while I picked up another
880. That was almost 4 years ago.
One of the 880s is starting to show it's age. It's been dropped a couple of
times. Pieces of plastic have fallen out. In fact, there's something rattling
around in it now. It still works, it just feels like I have to press buttons
longer, and sometimes harder, than I need to in order to get it working.
I don't channel surf on the living room TV any more. The majority of time I do
anything on that TV, I'm playing Grand Theft Auto 5. Every once in a while I'll
watch a DVD. Gone are the days of living room 1-handed channel flipping, so I
pulled the Harmony 1000 out of the drawer I had tossed it into years ago,
charged it up, and updated it through the Logitech site. Now I've got a 6 year
old remote that feels new in the living room.
I could probably download an app for some iDevice that would do the same thing,
but I like having a dedicated remote.