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Logitech® Harmony® 676

Universal learning remote with PC interface

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  • Logitech® Harmony® 676

    Remote with included faceplates

Item #: 596HMNY676
 

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by Ralph Graves
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Command your home theater system with a little individual style. The Logitech Harmony 676 universal remote comes with interchangeable colored faceplates and a rugged sports look so you can express yourself while wielding one-touch control over your entire A/V system.

Three "Activity" buttons give you intuitive single-command activation of your system; "My Videos," My Music," and "My TV." If you want to watch a DVD, for example, just press "My Videos." The remote instantly evaluates your system, turns on or off the appropriate components, adjusts your equipment to the proper settings — it even starts the DVD player. The 676 is a learning remote as well, so you can further fine-tune its operation as well as transfer all the commands from your old remote.

Programming is easy — just connect the remote to your computer (see requirements below) with the supplied USB cable and go to the Harmony Remote website. Answer a few simple questions about the components you have and how they're set up. When you're done, click the mouse and your remote's programmed! Best of all, the site remembers your setup, so as your system changes, reprogramming the Harmony remains quick and easy. Just add the new components, delete the old ones, and download your new settings. Harmony's Smart State Database includes virtually all audio and video gear, from TVs and DVD players to TiVo® and ReplayTV devices, satellite radio home tuners, game boxes — even lighting and curtain controls.

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Highlights:

  • easy Internet-based setup
  • 3 changeable faceplates (blue, red and gray)
  • online Web wizard for fast remote setup
  • 3 activity buttons
  • interactive display
  • learns the IR codes from existing remote controls
  • can integrate up to 15 devices
  • backlit LCD screen
  • illuminated keypad
  • 2MB flash memory
  • USB cable included
  • requires 4 "AAA" alkaline batteries (included)
  • 2-5/16"W x 8-1/16"H x 1-3/8"D
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Computer Requirements
  • For PC: Windows® 98, 2000, Me, XP
  • For Mac® pre-installed OS X 10.2 or later
  • USB port
  • CD-ROM drive
  • Internet access

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What's in the box?

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  • Black universal remote control (has installed gray faceplate)
  • 1 Red faceplate
  • 1 Blue faceplate
  • 4 "AAA" batteries
  • 6.25' USB cable with in-line noise filter (has a USB Type A connector on one end and a mini-USB "Version 2.0" connector on the other end)
  • Logitech Harmony Remote 4.0 CD-ROM
  • Installation manual (English/French)

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Features

General Overview: The Harmony Remote provides simple, intuitive control of even the most elaborate entertainment system for anyone in the family. The remote setup is accomplished through Harmony's interactive web site.

Setup: The Harmony Remote Activities are configured through the unique Web Wizard tools on Logitech's website. With the world's only Smart State Database of electronic devices, set-up is a snap. The community-driven database together with IR learning ensures support of all infrared-controlled devices made by any manufacturer, including TiVo, HDVCR, HDTV, Plasma Displays, Monitors, Projectors, Lighting Control, CD/DVD-R, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Satellite Radios, Amplifiers, DVD Players, Receivers, Dual VCRs and even combination devices like DVD-VCR components.

Backlighting: The buttons and LCD are backlit for easy nighttime use.

Learning Function: In addition to the devices that can be entered using the web interface, this remote can also learn most functions of other infrared remotes.

Activity: The Harmony Remote is the world's only remote with Smart State Technology Activity Control. Just press an Activity button such as "Watch TV" or "Watch a Movie", and the Harmony Remote will automatically set-up your entertainment system in seconds without you ever having to program a 'macro'.

Interactive Display: Depending on the Activity you are enjoying, the Interactive Display offers additional commands or options allowing you to fully control the Activity or component.

Interactive Media: Using the interactive media capability, you can select TV Shows, Movies, or Music titles from the interactive display.

Help: If there is ever a problem completing an activity function, the help button will guide you through the fix using the interactive display.

PVR Control: Convenient access to transport controls (Fast forward, Rewind, Play, Stop, Pause, Play, and Record) makes using PVR/TiVo functions second nature.

Flash Memory: Two Megabytes of non-volatile flash memory store all your settings so they will never be lost.

Off: One push of the off button turns off all the equipment in your system.

Color Select Faceplates: You can customize the look of your Harmony remote by changing the faceplate. The remote comes with gray, red, and blue faceplates to choose from.

 
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The Harmony 676 is the best remote ever !

Written By Salvador, Denver, CO on Friday, June 17, 2005
 
The Harmony 676 remote has corrected the design issues from the predecessor model 59 by moving the DVD commands to the upper level (where they should be) making them more accessible. This new model is amazing ! The commands are faster to use and also the joystick type control to navigate through the menus makes it even easier to handle. Fantastic product.
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