Identical in purpose to the other remotes in the Harmony Line, the Logitech Harmony 880 offers an excellent balance of features which places it squarely in the upper middle of the Harmony line. It allows you to control more devices than the 6xx and 5xx models but is strictly IR and therefore line of sight as opposed to the RF capabilities of the Harmony 890 and Harmony 1000. In terms of ease of use, the 880 (as well as the rest of the Harmony line) surpasses virtually every other brand of remote available. Presently, only Universal Remote Control Inc offers an equivalent level of ease of system control, however; the brands differ significantly in the features they offer. URC remotes typically allow you to control more devices (up to 255, vs. up to 15 for Harmony) but, they are also generally programmable only by the dealer.
By contrast, the Harmony 880 (and indeed the entire Harmony line) can be programmed by the end user in the comfort of his/her own home using the web and a PC. Among other things, this offers an enhanced level of customization as well as enhancing the users familiarity with their system. Additionally, the Harmony becomes a less expensive purchase since it is less expensive overall and bypasses the expense of having to have an installer come make a house call every time a change is made to the A/V system. Other excellent features include full backlighting, a color LCD display and rechargeable battery with charging station.