Originally Posted by PhilH930
One good thing about this  remote is the range/angle. I tried the 607 for a while, but probably due to my receiver position and right IR position on the 607, it was a nightmare and one of the reasons for my return. The 707 with its left IR position on the receiver works significantly better (I mean 20ft further across the room that the 607 remote).
You reminded me about another bonus of the Harmony... it has good IR spread. As you pointed out, most remote "issues" are actually component issues in terms of how wide of an angle they can see. My Harmony 620 (I believe, it was the Costco special from last Fall) appears to widen the angle that my components see with the stock remotes. With it, I can hit my 607 from about 35 ft away at a 45º angle (my best guesstimates, mind you), with the remote pointed 90º to the AVR. I can hit my Dish ViP 722 from further at even a wider angle.
Originally Posted by Tybee
The pack-in remote is best stowed in a drawer as quickly as possible, never to emerge.
In fact, the only reason I used the 607 remote was to IR capture the buttons that the Harmony software did not have loaded yet (since getting it, the Harmony has updated the 607 profile).
And battery usage... don't get me started! The 620 uses AAAs, so I loaded it with Eneloops and threw the included ones in the fridge for my mini-Maglite. I have only had to charge the batteries twice since I got it (I run it till it dies), and this last time (this weekend) I decided to hit the condition button on the charger to fully deplete them. The charger did not even have the chance to go to deplete mode, the light stuttered a bit and then it went right to charging. This is a big plus to me, since I hate devices that don't eek out every drop of juice from the batts before you have to recharge them.
The only downside to the Harmony remote is that the DVR buttons, incl. the D-pad, are a little on the small side and a little too close together (for my big ol' thumbs). I realize that they had to cram a lot into a little space, and fortunately I haven't had many errant buttons presses, but the layout of the included Dish remote is way easier on the hand when it comes to the DVR controls and it's entirely separate D-pad.
Oh, and I don't work for Logitech, either.
Anyway, back to your regularly scheduled programming...