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Product Review (May 2009) - Logitech®
PlayStation 3 Adapter for the Harmony Remote

By Kevin Nakano


Harmony® (Logitech) remotes have become a staple with A/V enthusiasts simply because they are so easy to configure and they offer power features typically only found on more expensive controllers. Then came the PS3 from Sony with no ability to accept IR commands from these user friendly and powerful remotes. Sure, Sony offers a nice Bluetooth remote minus backlighting. However, you get what they give you rather than having all your favorite commands stored in one controller. Logitech paid attention here and has introduced a clever solution to remedy this problem. The Logitech PS3 Adapter is designed to interface your favorite Harmony® remote with support for all 51 PS3 commands. Users can navigate through the XrossMediaBar (XMB) interface and even power their PS3 on and off without having to use the game controller.

Logitech PS3 Adapter for Harmony RemoteThe adapter uses a Bluetooth link to your PS3, eliminating unnecessary wires and freeing up the valuable USB ports on the front of the game console. In addition, the link is always active so your remote will work whether the console is on or off, allowing you to turn on the PS3. Sounds simple, but some of the earlier products had limitations with this. The compact, low-profile design is unobtrusive and blends in well with any home entertainment system. The adapter measures only 4" x 2.5" x 0.75" and requires a simple connection to the AC adapter. The PS3 registers the device just like an BD remote.

Installation
Logitech PS3 AdapterConfiguring the adapter is very easy and requires the user to go into the PS3 Settings menu and select Register BD Remote Control under the Accessory Settings. Pressing the Connect button on the bottom of the adapter puts the unit into a pairing mode where the PS3 can discover the device. The indicator light on the top of the adapter will begin to blink, letting you know that it is waiting to be paired. Once complete, the PS3 will display the Register Complete message (as shown). For us it was fast, simple, and with no issues to get the adapter up and running.

Conclusion
Logitech® has finally answered the mail on this one and will make a lot of PS3 owners with Harmony remotes very happy. Currently, the street price for this unit is just over $50. We are going to see if other IR remotes can be programmed to work with this adapter as well. In the mean time, Harmony remote users finally have a solution that is easy to setup and works well
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- Kevin Nakano





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Review System

Projector: Mitsubishi HC5500 1080p LCD Projector
Screen: Stewart Filmscreen 100" FireHawk Screen on a Luxus Deluxe ScreenWall
Video Processor/Scaler: Anchor Bay Technologies DVDO iScan HD+ A/V Processor
Preamplifier/Processor: Parasound AVC-2500U THX-Ultra DTS/DD Preamp/Processor
Amplification: Parasound HCA-2205AT THX-Ultra Five Channel Amplifier
Bass Management: Miller & Kreisel BMC Mini 5.1 Bass Management Controller
Front Speakers: Miller & Kreisel S-150THX (L+R) and S-150AC (Center) Speakers
Rear Speakers: Miller & Kreisel SS-250 Tripole® Surround Speakers
Subwoofer: Two Miller & Kreisel MX-350THX MkII THX-Ultra Push-pull Subwoofers
Room Treatments: Echo Buster panels and Bass Buster towers
Set-top Box: Dish Network ViP622 HDTV Satellite and Terrestrial Receiver with HDMI
Blu-ray DVD Player: Sony PlayStation3 with HDMI 1.3
HD-DVD Player: Toshiba HD-A1 HD-DVD Player with HDMI
DVD/CD/SACD Player: Sony DVP-NS900V DVD/CD/SACD Player
DVD Audio/Video Player: Kenwood Sovereign DV-5900M 400-Disc DVD Changer
DVD Player: OPPO Digital OPDV971H DVD Player with DVI Output
D-VHS VCR: JVC HM-DH30000U D-VHS High-Definition D-Theater VCR
Media Server: Kenwood Sovereign MRH1 Entre
Remote Control: Remote Technologies Inc. T3-V Controller
HDMI Video Switcher: Octava 4 Port HDMI/Toslink Audio Switcher
DVI Cable: AudioQuest DV-1 20m DVI-D Cable
HDMI Cables: VizionWare Hi-Wirez 20-meter, Accell 45-meter UltraRun HDMI Cable
A/V Cables: Ultralink Platinum and Advanced Performance Series Cables


Review at a glance


Harmony® Adapter for PLAYSTATION®3


System Requirements

  • Works with Harmony® remotes
  • Works with PLAYSTATION®3

Control

  • Works with Logitech® Harmony® remotes: No compatibility worries. Your PLAYSTATION®3 Adapter is designed to work with your Logitech® Harmony® remote.
  • Supports all 51 PLAYSTATION®3 commands: Supports all 51 PLAYSTATION®3 commands: Control your DVD and Blu-Ray Disc™ movies, navigate the XrossMediaBar (XMB) and even power your PLAYSTATION®3 on and off without using your game controller.

Convenience

  • Compact, low-profile design: No extra clutter. The adapter blends discreetly into your home-entertainment environment.
  • Guided online setup: You connect your Harmony remote to your computer and you’re guided through every step. If you hit a snag, customer support is ready to help.
  • Always on, wireless link: This adapter uses AC power and a Bluetooth® wireless connection to communicate with your PLAYSTATION®3. So, your remote works whether your console is on or off. And your valuable USB ports remain available for more other controllers.

Package Contents

  • Logitech® Harmony® Adapter for PLAYSTATION®3
  • AC adapter
  • Quick-start guide

 

Part Number 943-000029
Source: Manufacture Supplied
MSRP: $59.99


Company Information
Logitech Inc.
Corporate Headquarters
6505 Kaiser Drive
Fremont, CA 94555 USA
Phone: 510-795-8500
Sales: 800-231-7717
Support: 702-269-3457

URL: www.logitech.com


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