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Logitech Remotes Play Nice With PS3: For $60?

Logitech Remotes Play Nice With PS3: For $60?
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Logitech pushes out an adapter to make Harmony universal remotes able to control the PS3. Is it worth it?

Logitech pushes out an adapter to make Harmony universal remotes able to control the PS3. Is it worth it?

How many remote controls are on your coffee table?

Console gamers and home theater buffs without universal remotes must truly struggle to keep the living room looking decent. At my house, if we didn’t have a universal remote, we’d have this many remotes cluttering up the coffee table and couch: Receiver, DVR, Amplifier, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360, SqueezeBox (that’s seven).

Logitech Harmony One with charging dockLogitech Harmony One with charging dockBringing in a universal remote—in our case, the Harmony One—helped a great deal. Now, only it, the Wii-Mote, and PS3 controller stay on the coffee table. Even that many is way too many for me. It drives me nuts that the Harmony One is compatible with the Xbox 360 (so I can leave that game controller hidden until it is time to play), but not the PS3. Since we use our PS3 as a DVD and Blu-Ray player, this is especially annoying.

But today, Logitech announced a hardware add-on for the PS3 that brings the Bluetooth-using console into compatibility with all of Logitech’s infrared-using line of Harmony remote controls. Should I be jumping for joy, or cursing Logitech for screwing me out of another $60? The Harmony One wasn’t cheap to begin with.

The Logitech Harmony Adapter for PlayStation 3 is available for purchase today. Logitech must’ve worked out an agreement with Sony only, because the device does not work to control the Wii (darn) or any other Bluetooth controlled device. The adapter requires an AC adapter, and, according to the blog post by Troy Petersen, Logitech’s Global Product Marketing Manager for gaming, “You will have access to special commands we’ve created through your Harmony online account, including a power-off macro that allows you to turn off the PS3, along with your entire entertainment system, with a single button.”

Yes, you’d think OFF would be an option a remote control would feature. However, Petersen mentions this because of the workaround many PS3/Harmony owners have been using until now to control the PS3 via universal remote. Virtually any infrared dongle on the market (and there are many) can control playback of discs on the PS3 via a universal remote. The only catch is that these dongles can’t help your universal remote insert or eject discs, or turn the PS3 off or on. Of course, these dongles cost about $15 versus Logitech’s $60. That’s why you call it a “workaround” and not a “solution.”

How much would you pay Logitech to help you win the war against gadget-creep on your coffee table?

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    sailfish , May 13, 2009 4:46 PM
    I purchase the Harmony 360 (XBox version) over a year ago and it replaced all of my component RCs immediately. When I picked up the bluetooth-enabled PS3, I eventually got the $15 IR dongle and programmed it into the Harmony. Except for PS3 Power On/Off, it works fine so I'm pleased with it. $60 for a Power Off (no mention of Power On?) capability isn't worth it to me.
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    Tomsguiderachel , May 13, 2009 5:13 PM
    I hear ya. I do think it does power on as well.
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    dainsane1 , May 13, 2009 5:22 PM
    just got the 510 (won from a trade show). neat device but my needs are far more simplistic/tricky then most. i only have the tv, dvd/vcr and media computer.

    the harmony remote is near more cumbersome then having 2 remotes + wireless keyboard. the issue i have is programming the remote is clumsy with all the "easy to use menus". give me a list of buttons/ modes and commands to assign any time. and the macros mostly just end up messing things up. i have not found a simple list to config the macros. no that would be to complicated for normal people. really is it that bad to have 'macro name' and the list of commands under it?
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    dainsane1 , May 13, 2009 5:31 PM
    /endrant;

    back to topic:

    power button would be nice but too much for my liking. and considering the remote buries the power button should you want manual; i would opt for the cheap ir dongle.

    consideration is:
    condition: late and sleepy
    question: look for remote that is somewhere? or hit the power buttons on devices while on the way to bed anyway.
    i just hot the power buttons and leave.
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    hellwig , May 13, 2009 7:52 PM
    For as many "green your home" articles as I've seen on Toms Guide, why would anyone leave their PS3 (or any electornic device) in a soft-off mode anyway? You should be plugging in to a power strip and shutting off all power to these devices. If you have to do that anyway, being nice and hitting the PS3 power button before cutting the power isn't that much extra of a step.

    Of course, who actually does that, cut off all power using a switch of power strip?
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    chripuck , May 14, 2009 5:12 PM
    hellwigFor as many "green your home" articles as I've seen on Toms Guide, why would anyone leave their PS3 (or any electornic device) in a soft-off mode anyway? You should be plugging in to a power strip and shutting off all power to these devices. If you have to do that anyway, being nice and hitting the PS3 power button before cutting the power isn't that much extra of a step.Of course, who actually does that, cut off all power using a switch of power strip?



    Not me, can't even reach my strip. The whole green movement will be laughable in 20 years, the way we look back at the CFC scare of the late 80's and early 90's.
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    Bo88 , May 14, 2009 9:26 PM
    Considering that Audio Authority has a IR to Bluetooth adaptor for $160, the $60 is reasonable for people who want a complete integration with their home theatre system.
    I've installed only one of these so far, and even though the home owners thought it was expensive it did provide the solution they were looking for at the time.
    Personally, I have a Nyko IR PS3 controller and it's fine. Maybe when I win the lottery I'll get Logitech add-on.
    BTW, it's Audio Authority Model C-1071 for those who are curious. Google it if you want to read more.
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    dethsite2 , May 16, 2009 4:03 PM
    from what i've seen people do in the home automation arena, remotes are starting to be replaced with wifi connected phones and pda's, making the harmony remotes kind of redundant in today's age..
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    dethsite2 , May 16, 2009 4:25 PM
    Also another point to add, living green isn't possible, given that most things we run chew power.....

    if you're going to have a universal remote system in use in the home, the remote itself need's to be able to put all the gear you have sourced to that remote into stand-by mode, the failure to a stand-by feature within the remote for everything makes you wonder why bother buying the remote in the 1st place, when this 1 simple feature is missing..


    Then again I've never seen this feature on the sony remotes you buy for the ps2 or ps3, so I guess this feature is still not available on the consoles as of yet..
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    michaelahess , May 17, 2009 5:21 AM
    I've got two 890 Pro's and three extenders. This is what I've been waiting for, but not till it's cheaper. I've gotten my remotes and extenders for half the MSRP or less, if I can get this for 20-30, I'd probably do it.
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    billin30 , May 18, 2009 2:58 PM
    I just bought the nyko blue wave thing, programmed that into my harmony 1 and it was good to go. I have to put a movie into the PS3 to watch it, so that requires me to get up and turn it on anyway. You can turn it off in the PS3 main interface, so thats not an issue. I havent trained my cats to put discs into the slot yet...so no need for a power button...yet..
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    Anonymous , June 2, 2009 1:56 PM
    Ridiculous,after spending a pretty penny on the "ONE" I think it should be FREE to people that need it !!!
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