Quick Review after a few weeks of using the TC-30
I've never had a Harmony remote before, so here goes. This remote is very slick looking and also feels pretty good. Setup for me was a piece of cake, but I am a computer and gadget geek so keep that in mind, too. I'm the guy you would ask to get your VCR to quit blinking "12:00" if you had that problem, and I'm also the guy you would ask to come over and help wire up your stereo.
The software installed fine out of the box on my XP-Home computer, and entering my components and setting up my activities was fun.
I would say if you are geeky and enjoy this kind of thing it is a breeze, and if you aren't geeky and you hate this kind of stuff it is still very doable but it could certainly be a pain.
I've mapped some additional functions to the soft-keys, like TV speaker toggle and subwoofer level control, and so far I've been able to get everything I've wanted into easy reach on the remote. Almost all of my TV, DVR, DVD, and Xbox360 remotes main funtions that I use most were defaulted into play for the appropriate activities, and in places that make semantic sense, so I am very happy with all of that.
All in all this is a very nice setup that was pretty easy to set up, fairly easy to customize, and so far works well.
What I don't like, however, are the hard "clicky" keys. For whatever reason, each of the ten thousand different remotes I had to shuffle before all felt right, but the clicky keys here aren't that great to me. I guess that's the tradeoff, though. One remote that controls everything but doesn't feel so great, or laying in the middle of 20 remotes like a guy if Vegas who just won a bunch of money and went up to his room and dumped it all on the bed and jumped in with it.
At $140 delivered, I'll be keeping it for a while. And the good news is that my wife can watch TV or a DVD upstairs now when I'm not home.