Harmon Kardon TC30 Harmony Remote Reviewed (Verdict: Universally Great)

The Harmon Kardon harmony Remote has been out for a few months now, but CNET's finally gotten around to reviewing it.

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What do they think? Well, they're enamored with the decent battery life, strong IR signal, Windows and Mac support, and included docking cradle. In a showdown between this remote and the Harmony 720, they'd recommend this one partially due to the "extra set of contextual icons on the screen."

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The only problems they've noticed were minor ones, like the remote not sitting that securely in the dock and an intimidating web interface. Nothing product killing, and definitely nothing severe enough to recommend staying away from this remote. It's available now for around $199.

Harman Kardon TC 30 [CNET]

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macdeth
RiceBandit

"The only problems they've noticed were minor ones, like the remote not sitting that securely in the dock and an intimidating web interface."

Maybe I'm a gadget snob or something but I consider these to be MAJOR problems. Maybe not as major as features not working, but I would still consider these flaws as deal-killers. A remote control should not have an "intimidating" interface that would require more than a glance to figure out. There's a goal that every UI designer should have in mind, and that's "intuitive controls". Anybody who has ever owned a poorly organized cellphone can probably relate. The remote not sitting securely, I can let slide (sorry, I seriously didn't intend the pun there), but the "shabbiness" of it's construction would definitely minus points from it's buyability.