Jan 24 2009
So I have spent a year with my Logitech Harmony 880 Universal Remote Control… and of course, now Logitech has unleashed the Harmony® 890 Advanced Universal Remote.
Is the Harmony 890 worth the $349.99 (US dollars) price? Of course not.
Why not? Well, first of all, you will never pay retail of $349.99 (USD) for the Harmony 890. If you do, you are being ripped off. MSRP is just a sucker price – you should NEVER, I repeat NEVER, buy any mass consumer products at the MSRP retail price. These prices are designed to be discounted on “sales” and “days of deals” prices.
So, back on topic. Is the Harmony 890 worth three times what the Harmony 880 typically sells for? Well, the 880 sells for about $99-149 (CAD) on sale… and the 890 is new enough that you probably won’t find it under $300 anywhere.
The big difference is that it supports RF devices and not just IR.
What is IR? Infrared.
What is RF? Radio frequency.
What is the difference between IR and RF? Infrared is an optical communications method which requires line-of-sight communication between the remote and the device(s). Radio frequency communication uses radio waves (duh) and therefore is not dependant on the remote being in the view of the devices being controlled.
Is that worth 3x the cost of the 880 to get the 890? At first thought, I would say no. Do you have $300-400 to spend on a unified remote? This is not a Creston unit, my friends. $400 is serious money.
Stay tuned for my review of the Harmony 880 and you can decide afterwards if the 890 is worth the big bucks.