In use, we've found absolutely nothing to complain about -- the Adapter sits silently and does its job of gobbling up IR commands from our Harmony remote and issuing the appropriate Bluetooth commands to our PS3. In terms of functionality, the Logitech Adapter delivers on its promise -- full power control is available, and XMB navigation is there, too. Control of the PS3 was very responsive and never showed any lag that we've seen with some of the IR-to-USB solutions. Removing power from the Adapter and then plugging it back in caused no problems, either, which we were happy to see as the summer seasonal brownouts are getting ready to descend on us.
It's hard to overstate how much easier it is to use the PS3 as a media playback device from a universal remote control. We'll admit that we're pretty lazy when it comes to soaking up a movie, and not having to put down our universal remote in exchange another remote (Sony's own Bluetooth PS3 remote, for example) made using the PS3's media playback much more enjoyable. That's doubly true when comparing a universal remote to a DualShock 3 or SIXAXIS controller.Conclusion
In our book, Logitech's PS3 Adapter is a success. We wish it would break out of its Harmony-only restriction (we're confident it will eventually), and we wish it were cheaper (that will come as well). As it stands, it's the cheapest solution going for complete and responsive control of your PS3 via your existing IR remote. Several commenters to our hands-on post didn't like the price, but in terms of the value delivered, we feel the Logitech solution is competitive. If you've already jumped in the pool for a PS3 and a $60 (minimum) Harmony remote, another $60 to get the most out of your PS3 as a media device probably isn't going to break you.
On the other hand, if you're looking at using the PS3 primarily for movies, then the days of the PS3 having a claim to the title of "best Blu-ray player" are long past. As media playback devices go, the field of standalone Blu-ray decks has caught up to -- and surpassed -- the PS3. There are plenty of Profile 2.0
players, and the lack
of bitstream or analog output of Dolby TrueHD and DTS-HD MA is a real knock against the PS3; add in features like Netflix Watch Instantly and Pandora support on the latest crop of Blu-ray decks and the PS3 has a hard time keeping up. Consumer electronics being what it is, the competition isn't letting up
However, we picked the PS3 as our Blu-ray deck and we can live with its limitations. For our money, the Logitech Harmony Adapter removes a pretty big gripe we had about keeping the PS3 in our equipment list, and it does it for a tolerable $60. Until we spring for a dedicated Blu-ray deck, we'll stick with the Logitech Adapter.