Logitech® Harmony® 650
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Relatively easy to set up. Haven't set up all its functions. The Okay button is a bit small for my big hands.
Maybe you've got your home theater system figured out and know which remotes control what — but chances are your other family members, houseguests, and babysitters don't. The Logitech Harmony 650 keeps things intuitively simple, so everyone in the household can operate the audio/video system.
All the great Harmony remotes we've seen over the years are based on one simple, powerful idea: you tell the remote exactly which brand and model your components are, and then it will know exactly how to make your system do what you want it to do.
Operate your system by tapping a single activity button. Touch the “Watch TV” icon, for example, and the Harmony 650 automatically assesses the status of your TV, receiver, and cable or satellite box to make sure they're all turned on with the proper settings. Your system's ready for TV viewing.
The Harmony 650's eye-catching color screen can display channel icons, letting you quickly jump to your favorite news, sports, or movie channel. It also displays quick commandsrelated to your chosen activity, for convenient access to commonly used functions. Plus, it provides on-screen help when you need it with just the touch of a button.
You can control up to eight devices with the Harmony 650 remote. The system works with over 5,000 brands and 225,000 entertainment devices, including lighting controls, game consoles, multi-room systems, and more.
To get started, just download the free MyHarmony software to your Mac or PC. Then connect the Harmony 650 to it via the provided USB cable. MyHarmony will help you program your remote by asking some simple questions about your system and how you use it. It then downloads the commands and command sequences to your Harmony 650. And you can use MyHarmony to update your remote whenever you upgrade your system with new gear.
After being a little difficult connecting and updating from my computer it has since been a very good remote. I have it controlling a television, home theater receiver, Roku, and DVD player.
BRENT, Fort Worth, TX
Average Customer Review(s):
Relatively easy to set up. Haven't set up all its functions. The Okay button is a bit small for my big hands.
Better than use I gotta four remotes
I've owned several Logitech remotes and the story is always the same, they provide great capability but you're lucky if they last 90 days, a real quality problem. In this case the screen goes dark and then engages the assistant while sending commands. This particular remote is less than 90 days old. I avoided Logitech for a couple years thinking they'd get the quality issues fixed but apparently reliability is a low priority (I've seen other reviewers complain about quality as well). Think I've owned 3 or 4 of the Logitech remotes with screens over the years, got about 1 to 2 years out of the first but only 1 to 6 months out of the rest, that a pretty high failure rate and not worth the aggravation.
Pros: Great capability, easy set-up
Cons: High failure rate, at least 2 instances of failures in the first 90 days.
If you are a computer guy. I am sure it will work
Cons: To complicated , no color screen
Good solid unit with easy to use button placement. Programming is a bit tricky because I have a Tivo and cable box and like to switch between them often. I had to program it a few times to get it right. Much better than having 5 remotes.
After being a little difficult connecting and updating from my computer it has since been a very good remote. I have it controlling a television, home theater receiver, Roku, and DVD player.
Pros: Macros for starting up and shutting off multiple devices.
Cons: Finicky computer connection.
Simple to set up and easy to use.
I have 4 of theses in my house , they are the answer to a clutter free home theater.Very easy to use once your done with the inicial set up that's pretty simple. Trust me you will not find a better universal remote line out there Logitech rules this neck of the woods .Crutchfield is the best place to get it as well awesome price and really fast shipping!
Pros: Easy to use Love the display Just works !
Logitech did their homework when they designed this remote. The engineering and technology that went into this is amazing. It has a very strong signal when communicating with devices. Much more powerful than the remotes it replaced. Works all my equipment great.
Pros: I am very pleased with this purchase. Works great!
Works well once you get it set up. Overall a bargain
Pros: A true universal device.
Cons: Not as easy to set up as it looks. Harmony help desk is very good
Still learning about this remote, very satisfied by it's capabilities.
I received knowledgeable service over the phone when I first received the Harmony 650. It's not the "point the remotes at each other" method anymore. I'm 69 years old an hadn't seen the Logitech interface method. Just upload the model number and manufacturer of each product that you have and the software downloads information to the Harmony 650. I wasn't able to adjust the volume on my Marantz 5004SR, or even turn it off or on from the Marantz remote anymore. My remote for my Channel Master DVR was beginning to fail. The Harmony 650 solved those problems. It's a great product that I highly recommend.
The device is very complicated, a strength and weakness. Tech support is wonderful. Logitech makes one download a desktop app, and registered for the website too. I may have all my entertainment system working at this point. The test will be if my bride can do it also.
Pros: Wonderful tech support, amazing flexibilty of device. Screen makes it easier for others to use. Don't have to remember what button is programmed to do what!
Cons: takes several attempts to program, several calls to tech support too.
Great little device, decided on this by a reco from your Crutchfield rep, who was very helpful. Fantastic advice, great help and easy transaction. Thank you Mick!!
Only used for 2 days but so far a great device.
I replaced my Harmony One with the Harmony model 650. My Harmony One was 7 years old and thought I was pushing my luck with the rechargeable battery and key functions so I decided to replace it. It was probably the best unit that they ever built. The 650 works well and it is easy to setup. My Marantz receiver is both heavy to move and has many possible connections so you need to be careful about what goes where when you do the programming. Try to use different colored cables and label each one on both ends. I think that the problems that some people reported was because they either did not understand the process or were unsure about identifying the connections. Work with Crutchfield technical support in these areas!
Pros: This unit is easy to use and it does work well.
Cons: With my old Harmony One I was able to jump from one major activity into another major activity i.e. Watch Streaming Movie to Watch TV. Unless I missed something, I now seem to need to power off between these moves.
I was surprised at how well this works. I was expecting mediocre results. I have a Sony LCD TV, Onkyo receiver, Apple TV, Sony Blu-Ray, and a FiOS cable box. I attached the remote to my computer to program, downloaded everything, and it worked like a charm. I am able to control all devices and navigate all menus. Even the "technology challenged" in the house are able to work and navigate the remote. I went from 5 remotes to 1. Well done, Logitech.
Pros: Easy to set up. Runs all devices. No isssues.
Cons: Need to play with remote to learn menus and sub-menues for devices. There is no manual to tell you these things, but with some investigative button pushing, you will learn.
Remote works flawlessly with all my equipment. Set up was easy and LCD screen menus on the remote are pretty intuitive. Just for reference, my equipment is a Sony xbr65x850D Tv, a Denon 3313CI receiver, an Oppo UHD 203 4K blu ray player and a Roku Ultra.
Pros: Easy of use and use one remote now instead of a 4.
Cons: None so far.
Remote handles basic duties such as turning components off and on and changing channels. However switching between components functions it is not as reliable. Trying to switch to streaming music or to stored music is an issue.
Works like a champ! It replaced the DVD, receiver, TV and Comcast remotes and all their functions. Nice to have just one remote. Thanks to Crutchfield for assisting in the setup.
Pros: Great addition to the home theather.
Cons: The only bad thing is the remote lighting could be a little more brighter, but what is available will suffice.
It was a pain to program and then I couldn't change the channels on the TV with it. The volume worked but for some reason because of my system the channels wouldn't change. It took the person from the company forever to figure out it wouldn't work. The company offered a discount for an advanced remote but I only see more pain and time. "Get a universal remote, it will be easy" Right!
This remote works very well if all you want to do is eliminate having to fumble through various remotes. The help button is very useful and buttons have a nice touch to them. Very practical and decent price.
Pros: easy set-up, functional, price
Works well. Fairly easy to program.
I love this remote. Easy to program and easy to operate.
This remote is in deed very easy to add your devices and all of mine were in their program. After everything was entered as directed i ran it through the set ups I had programed and everything seemed fine except I was not able to control Zone 2 on my receiver with the new remote. That was as good as it got because from there the frustration started. When I hit turn all off while watching TV it will turn the receiver and cable box off but not the TV so I have to hit help and then it turns it off. When I hit the Listen to Music button it will turn on the receiver but not the satellite radio. When I hit the help button it keeps asking if the satellite radio is on and it will not turn it on so I have to us another remote to turn it on. Tech support at Logitech wants to charge me to talk to them because the remote is older than 90 days. Pretty poor customer service. Bottom line I would not recommend this product.
Pros: Easy to set up devices
Cons: Does not turn all devices off Cannot switch from Watch TV to Listen to Music Cannot control my Marantz Zone 2 with this remote and it will not learn from my Marantz remote as it states it can.
Very east setup. Supported all of my devices. Crutchfield also matched price and saved me money.
I wish I had gotten this years ago! No more fumbling with three remotes just to watch tv or a movie. Setup was a breeze. I love the one button function for movies/tv/music. Highly recommended!
Really not that impressed. After a while it no longer executes the sequences that you program. It constantly asks for verification of each device. If I was going to have to deal with that I would just use each individual remote. I've had this over a year and in that time have been less and less impressed. If I could do it again I wouldn't purchase.
Pros: I guess it looks nice?
Cons: Continually asks for verification from each device for input
I'm quite happy with this remote. It's a relief to push actual buttons rather than touchy touch screen all the time. Yeah, the remote can get slightly hinky at times, but if you're a little tech savvy or push the help button, it's no thing. Far, far better than the handful of remotes I had cluttering up the table. Would definitely recommend it. And, of course, Crutchfield's customer service and return policies are second to none.
Pros: Works with all my components. Smart. If there's an issue, it figures it out.
Cons: Might get a wee confused at times. Or could be user error. But very easily and quickly solved.
With seven AV devices, my wife was about to kill me for all the remotes. Not only were they unsightly, but she never knew which to use for what. With the Harmony 650, I am down to three since two of my sources are RF and not IR compatible. Now, it is easy for either of us to select the source, volume, room sound, Etc. from one remote. The 650 was easy to program, controls all the devices I need to control and very reasonable from a cost standpoint. I buy from Crutchfield since I have had such great support from them. If I could save 10, 20 or even 30% at another online retailer, I would still buy at Crutchfield. Their customer service and product support are better than most manufacturers'. Every day my wife says "Thank You!" for this universal remote. I highly recommend it! P.S. I am a real person, not associated with Crutchfield except as a customer.
Very clever, does a surprising amount. I don't think it will record the Roku 3 command for "Return to Roku home" because that is an RF command, not infrared.
Pros: Recognizes all my equipment. Handles almost all commands.
Cons: Doesn't handle RF commands. Sometimes can't tell which buttons go with which commands. Not rechargeable.
I purchased the Logitech Harmony 650 because my wife constantly complained that she didn't know which remote operated which component. We have an elaborate whole house system that consists of 9 components operating in multiple rooms. The Harmony 650 operates everything from a single remote with no problems. The best part is now my wife can operate everything and no longer complains about the system being too complicated! I've once again achieved HARMONY in my home!!!
Pros: Easy to set up, works flawlessly, operates my 9 electronic components perfectly!
Easy to set up via the internet. I wa able to set up various operations like watch TV, watch movie and listen to music. So when I wanted to watch a movie it would turn on the receiver, TV and DVD player and all I did was add the blu-ray. I like having a small screen that is displays the device and info. work my Tivo also.
Pros: takes 4 remote controls and make them work as one.
Cons: Nothing so far
Very easy to set up and use. Deducting a point because it is not rechargeable.
Pros: Easy set up
Cons: Not rechargeable
Very easy to install commands. Works very well with tv, DVD and dvr. Happy with purchase of Harmony 650.
I have a harmony one remote that I've had for years works flawlessly so when it came time for a second remote for a different room the choice was very easy
Pros: very easy to program and all the keys are back lit
Cons: does not come with rechargeable batteries
I first purchased a hub after being assured what I wanted to do was not going to be a problem. That was wrong and I had to send it back and get this 650 instead. The 650 is a good product but less than clear documentation causes you to have to call for tech support unnecessarily. This is the same problem with the hub. Neither are perfect but a much better and more complete solution than other universal remote products.
Pros: Does what it is supposed to.
Cons: Less than adequate and sometimes confusing documentation.
I got the remote so I could eliminate six other remotes. Easy to setup and took about 15 minutes. Worked seamlessly for about a month, and then there was always one device it would not turn on or shutdown, so you have to use the Help function. After three months it now goes to the start up menu every time, with the walkthrough of the buttons and layout. All programmed devices are still shown on the screen but the buttons don't do anything and it occasionally goes into safe mode on the display. First product I've bought from Crutchfield that was a letdown. I'll try Logitech support, but based on the reviews I've seen elsewhere, that's probably a lost cause. I would not recommend this product.
Pros: Easy to setup, easy to use for multiple devices, TV, DVD, CD, AMP, sound bar
Cons: 3 month product lifeCrutchfield response on 3/8/2017 Once we saw this review, our Tech Support team reached out to Terence to issue an apology and help him further. We'll either help him get the remote working the way it should, or help him return it for an exchange or refund.
Honestly, while this isn't the highest end Logitech remote, it's amazing for the price (especially considering Crutchfield's price-matching policy). It's easy to program using the software you download, has a huge database of remotes, and can perform virtually any combination of actions you choose (like if you press "Watch TV", it will turn on your TV, turn on your cable box, turn on your receiver, then set your receiver to cable). It's also very easy to set up and assign commands that aren't already in the database (such as the DVR function for your cable). I was able to combine 5 different remotes into one using the Harmony 650, including a Windows remote I have set up with my HTPC.
Pros: Easy to set up Can do anything you want Allows you to eliminate your other remotes Ergonomic
Cons: Kind of cheap plastic feel, but not too bad The digital screen is not the greatest, but who cares at this price
Great product. Good service. Easy to set-up.
Pros: Works well. I like the backlight comes on when picked-up. Easy to sync!
Cons: Sometimes have to hit buttons twice.
Very intuitive remote, it has and can manage your all your different units. Being backlit helps tremendously if you like watching TV or movies in low light. The set up has been very easy, plus the help of Crutchfield's experienced reps have been great.
Pros: Fits comfortably in your hand and easy to manage.
It performs well with all the connected devices we have. The 'push-buttons' work much better at inputing multiple numbers than the previous 'touch-screen' remote we had.
Horrible. Will not sync. What a waste of money and time trying to get this thing to work. If I could give it negative stars, I would.
Cons: the productCrutchfield response on 1/19/2017 David, we're sorry you're disappointed with your remote. Whenever you encounter a problem with anything you purchase from Crutchfield, please contact our tech support team right away. They can help you solve the problem or set up a return within 60 days of purchase. Lifetime tech support comes with every Crutchfield purchase.
This remote works better then I expected. It activated features on my AV system that my previous remote was not able to do. Excellent product
Pros: Easy to program and operate.
Cons: Sometimes gets confused, but if I click on the help button it fi
great value and easy to set up. easy to use once you get the hang of it. wish all the buttons lighted up. about 10% do not.
This remote is totally fabulous. Easy to setup and is able to relearn based on what units are being used. Hitting the help functions appears to solve issues. The viewing screen is fabalous and eliminate the need to connect to the internet and reprogram unit. Eliminated the need for THREE (3) seperate remotes. What a great remote.
Pros: Easy to use and self corrects itself.
Cons: Misplaced my password to Logitech 's web site. Need to call their customer service to get a reset. Having this ability on your website would eliminate the need to call customer service.
On time and what I expected
Great Product. With the software it is easy to setup all your devices. Learning the functions on the keys is a a little more difficult. I found that downloading the online Logitech® Harmony® 650 manual makes it much easier to learn how the remote works
Harmony has a strong history in the system control game... and I needed ONE remote to rule them all. My system isn't large or complicated but it has a few things that are odd and NOBODY else made a remote anywhere less that one hundred dollars that could get the job done - The 650 works and the girlfriend can use my system when I'm not home... and frankly that's amazing
Pros: Set-up and walk through are a snap
Cons: Average IR strength
Easy to setup, no hassle with software related to specific audio/video components
Pros: Took about 15 minutes to set up, this is my second 650 in my house for different rooms/components
I bought my remote and thought I should tell people that if you do your research, this remote will only last a few months or less if you drop it. If you do plan on buying this remote I highly suggest you get the warranty so you can get your replacement. I am not the only person who is on their 6th, I read on a review that someone had gone through 10 of these because they tend to reboot and once they start rebooting, that's it, time for a new one.
Pros: works great for a few months
Cons: major design flaw that makes it last a few months
My experience with the Harmony 650 has been pretty much as advertised. Easy, if not quick, set-up and great response from all of my A/V appliances. The time spent with set-up,maybe 20 minutes, pays dividends every day.
Pros: Easy, intuitive programming and use.
Cons: So far, I haven't found any!
This universal remote is the real deal. Once programed, it has complete control over my wall mounted Samsung TV, Onkyo AVR, DirecTV box and Sony blu ray neatly tucked away in the hall closet. Switching from watch TV, watch movie and listen to music is a breeze. As always, Crutchfield is very helpful in product selection and tech support.
Pros: works as advertised and great bang for the buck.
Cons: shipped with faulty USB cord but Crutchfield replaced it ASAP.
I too needed a remote that provided the functions of several and this remote does it! At first, it can be a bit "labor intensive" setting it up and getting accustomed to navigating once set up but it is a real game changer for my needs. Ergonomic, easy in your hand and fast response buttons. I also needed a back lit remote and this one is, that said, I would like it to be a little brighter. The Logitech website to program is straight forward and simple to follow. I did need some support getting two remote functions assigned to a button so I phoned Crutchfield and the tech gave me the phone number to contact Logitech directly, that too went very well. I also use the remote for my "old school" Sirius tuner in my car and it works very well, even if the remote is a bit large to carry around while on the road. I am set and very happy I purchased the Harmony 650, and all I need now is for it to make Martini's! :)
Pros: Ergonomic, performs many functions. The help feature is a plus when devices do not respond as they should.
Cons: None, other than at first it is a bit daunting to set up and navigate, use cures that.
Installing the software and connecting the remote to a PC is, indeed, easy. Entering all your devices (assuming you know the brand and model number) is easy as well. What isn't as easy and the PR leads you to believe is setting up the activities to get the remote to do what you need it to do. I set up one activity, tested it, all was copacetic. A few days later I clicked that same activity and only part of the operations worked. Now I need to debug. In the meantime, it's actually quicker to just grab a couple remotes, press a button or two on each one -- and done. Personally, I think I wasted money on this one. If I spend any more time on this remote I'll qualify for a degree in digital manipulation!
Pros: Easy install, easy connect, easy initial setup.
Cons: Easy doesn't always work, so be prepared to invest time, and more time.
the software from their site took several attempts to get loaded, the remote does not quite work correctly. Several attempts to fix using the software program resulted in more things being wrong - and took a while just to get it back to where it was before I attempted to fix the quirks. I've never had a universal remote that worked well with all devices, and this one is no exception. it's OK for basic operation, but you still have to keep the original remotes around for some functions.
Pros: Basically works
Cons: has some gremlins Software could use improvement
Needed help to set it up.
Pros: Works very well. Easy to use.
Cons: No good instructions to figure out how to make it work in the beginning. I asked by brother (IT guy) to help me.
I purchased this unit to help make the settings easier for my wife when she plays her karaoke setup. The concept of a single button to turn on multiple items really helped make this a simple operation. I am still trying to make one special feature function on a device which is not listed in the covered devices, but I am confident that I can make this feature work by connecting to the internet site again.
Pros: The device seems to work well; the web site was very user friendly in almost every situation. It really helps make using the entertainment system easier.
Cons: I am still having issues with one single feature when playing the Karaoke unit, although the karaoke unit is not a covered device type. If I continue to have issues, I will call their customer service but I am sure I can resolve the issue on my own.
This 650 remote is great from my bedroom. I have a Harmony One in my Living Room. I use it to control my Living Room TIVO (which is connected to my bedroom also through my Yahama receiver). It also controls the Yahama, A Microsoft Xbox 360, and a Roku 3 plus my Vizio TV. All works great together.
Pros: Easy to program.
Cons: Wish the screen was touch, because of my Harmony One, I keep pressing the screen until I remember I have to use the buttons beside it.
The 650 remote was quite easy to program through the Harmony site for the major functions (10 minutes) as i have a basic bedroom setup Pioneer Receiver, Direct TV, Sony Blue Ray and and LG HD. Basic function work great at times with IR strength. I will spend some additional time to confirm whether I can set up additional macros. Otherwise it works quite well. Great value for the money!
Pros: Basic functions work, good remote signal at times with inline obstructions. Good coverage for Directv remote functions. Button light up when operated. Great price.
Cons: Buttons are quote small and lack tactile feel.
idea of this remote is great, did not/could not work with my yamaha (or any yamaha) speaker platform i bought. big miss
Wanted to get a quality universal remote so this was recommended to me in the Harrisonburg store. I have a Samsung TV, LG Blueray, JBL Sound System, Comcast Cable and the 4th Gen Apple TV. I had the whole thing programmed and up and running in about 20 minutes. The set up was easy on my Mac and even my wife and kids have no problem operating it. Will never go back to multiple remotes or cheap universal remotes again!
Pros: Easy online set up. Common sense buttons. Mimics all the controls on the actual remotes. Lights up when you pick it up too!
Cons: While it does control the new 4th Gen Apple TV, you have to keep the original nearby if you want to use the Sri functions but everything else functions almost like the Apple remote.
This is the greatest remote. So EASY to set up. Just download the software, choose your equipment and the plug in your remote to your computer. It programs everything for you. I used MAC and it worked great!!!
Pros: Very easy to set up.
As easy as it gets as far as setup is concerned. Able to work my Samsung Smart TV no problem which is no small feat given the various functions it can do. Don't really ever look at any other brand when buying a remote as I've always had great results with Logitech.
Pros: Easy as it gets
The online software is a little clunky and slow, but not too bad once you get used to it. Remote is easy to program. Remote is a little slow to work with activity buttons because it sends each command code individually. I imagine this is a limitation of how IR works though and not an issue with the remote. Still quicker and easier than using multiple remotes. ALL of my devices were found in the device database, so that part was a breeze.
Pros: Good value for what this remote offers. Works as advertised. I am happy with the purchase. All of my equipment was in the device database. The kids like to use it.
Cons: Software is sort of clunky, but works OK.
What a great device. I fought the satellite remote too long - wish I had heard about the Harony earlier. Easy to program, great features, clear website for programming.
Pros: Easy programming, super features, Help Key solves problems. strong signal to control components, and all the needed buttons.
Cons: There isn't anything I don't like.
Easy to setup, easy to customize the standard or additional buttons to work with whatever device you choose. Had an 880, but I like that this doesn't have to sit on a base to charge and is so much better. This has eliminated the texts and calls from my wife on how to turn stuff on!
Pros: Great remote, easy setup, easy customization to do what you need the remote to do.
Setup was easy and straightforward. Remote works as advertised for my setup. Family was pleasantly surprised to only have one remote to cover our TV, DISH receiver, and Sonos speakers. The remote even has a on-button 'Help' feature that corrects issues with errant commands.
Pros: Easy setup 'Help' feature corrects issues without needing to connect the remote to your PC
Cons: Had to set up an account with Logitech to program the remote
Excellent remote control. Worked right away with ver y easy setup.
Pros: Easy setup and excellent operating tool.
For a bedroom this is perfect, easy to use, lights up at night,no need after a little use to turn on more light. Buttons have a color at night that is easy on the eyes. If you cannot use this remote then don't any others.
Pros: Easy use good for bedroom or apartment, setup is so easy I could not believe it. Took five minutes at most, follow easy instructions on web site.
I am impressed with how easy it was to program from my Mac. Sometimes, applications that download don't work well with Macs. The remote learns surprisingly well. And I'm glad -- and my wife is glad -- that we replaced 4 remotes with 1 that really works.
Pros: Price was great. When I looked at these years ago they were quite expensive. This does the job extremely well.
Cons: The numbers and letters on the remote are way too small. Even when using the internal backlighting, I need to turn on a light so I can see what I'm doing.
My system is now much more manageable, thanks to this remote. Although there is still the occasional hiccup, it has greatly reduced the time spent searching for the remote for the TV, the receiver, the Blu-Ray player, etc. I still have to use dedicated remotes for certain specific functions (like controlling my receivers second zone functions), but it is still a significant improvement to my A/V system. I highly recommend.
Pros: Works as expected most of the time. Setup is a breeze.
Thus is my second harmony remote. Previously owned a 600 that lasted about 4 years. The 650 is very similar in design. Seems to be more reliable than the previous one in getting all components to respond on first attempts.
Pros: Easy set up with my Samsung TV, Denon receiver, Sony Blue Ray and cable box.
Cons: Entire display is backlit with exception of device buttons.
Awesome device. Set up was pretty easy and I can now control my entire audio video system with 1 remote. My wife is very happy1
I purchased this because my better half had trouble using the cable remote and VBOX remotes. Now, the Harmony controls everything. When the hardware gets out of sync, the help menu/function resolves the issues. Very pleased.
Pros: Simple to program. Help function is very useful.
Cons: The remote itself is a little slippery. Tends to slide off furniture. Leave it on the table!
Not a 5 star
Pros: Wonderful in that it eliminates 5 other remotes
Cons: have to mash some of the buttons several times in order to make the thing work. Sometimes pushing one button will toss the TV screen into whatever it is you don't want. Not anywhere as nice as my Monster AVL300
The Harmony 650 was a great purchase. I was looking for a low price remote that could eliminate three others and the Harmony 650 did all this and more. I did not want to spend hundred of dollars only to drop it and have to repurchase. The Harmony was easy to set up but do your homework first and know what devices you want it to control, know there model numbers and the inputs.Also do a little research on everything the Harmony 650 can do, I was able to create a 30 second skip and a three minute skip very easily. Harmony's website is great and answered all my question and it only took about 30 minutes to have it up and working. A couple of days later I added some special thing that I never knew it could do and it was a breeze. Crutchfield had a fair price and I had some credits coming and the quick shipping is always a bonus. The final proof that its a great remote is my wife is not afraid to use it, and matter of fact, she takes it away from me!!
Pros: Ease of set up, Great features
Cons: I wish the numbers and letters on the buttons had a bigger font.
This is a great remote at a bargain price. I have been using a Harmony One for about four years for my main home entertainment system and wanted another for my less used living room set up. The Harmony One's replacement wasn't worth the price for the limited use it would receive in this set up. But the 650 does everything I need (and probably more) for about half the price. Programming took about 15 minutes and was as simple as could be. Right now it controls a Panasonic Plasma flat screen, Comcast cable box, Sony receiver and a Roku 3. Previously I was leaving the receiver on 24/7 and still needed that remote for volume. I had to use the Comcast remote for the TV and box. The Roku was added after the 6650 but without the 650 that would have been a third remote. It's the best $$ I've spent in quite a while.
Pros: Easy as sin to program, buttons are intuitive, lightweight
Cons: One minor inconvenience is having to select the Roku as a device while it's in use to select media, fast forward, etc. but then having to reselect the receiver to control the volume. (I may have messed up when I added the Roku to the remote and haven't had time to troubleshoot this issue)
I got the Harmony 650 to replace my Harmony 550 which conked out after about eight years of use. In a nut shell, the 650 is a better remote in every way than the already excellent 550 remote. It's even easier to program and has better ergonomics. However, I do miss the blue back lighting of the 550. The 650 has amber back lighting. If I could give the 650 ten stars, I would, highly recommend.
In terms of programming ease, the Harmony 650 is significantly more user friendly that my earlier version Harmony 550. The software provided prompts the user in a very logical and easily understood sequence to set up each device to be controlled by the remote. Even after the initial programming is completed, help screens are provided on the remote to resolve any remaining control issues. The design, feel, and programming of the remote are outstanding in my opinion. Thanks Logitech.
Helps to get rid of multiple remotes. Relatively easy to set up to emulate multiple remotes and control multiple devices with a single remote. Tech Support was helpful when I got stuck on one part of the setup.
This is my 3rd harmony remote. Purchased this one for the basement. Also have the 700 and the Ultimate. Only reason not giving it 5 stars is the battery is not rechargeable as the other remotes. Highly recommend for the price.
Pros: Ease of set up One remote does all Value
Cons: No rechargeable batteries
Excellent remote, love the way you hook up to your computer and input all the data to program
Pros: Ease of use
Programming between old and new is simple if you use the older software even though they say not to. Can't custom program a single button to say channel 300 only a 3. The number buttons are at the bottom of remote and hard to press and hold with one hand. Colored screen is useless, not necessary. Works but button layout in awful.
Cons: Not laid out well, unbalanced, useless features
Easy to progran, took longer to pull together all the model numbers from TV, Soundbar, satellite receiver, etc. than to actually program the remote via the PC. Every product I had was listed in the Harmony database and the steps to program were stupid easy.
Pros: Easy to program, batteries included. All my products were available in the Harmony database
Cons: Occasionally drops a function, but has a built in diagnostic that asks if something didn't work as planned and walks through the recalibration step without connecting back to the PC
Got rid all 5 remotes
Pros: Simply to set up
Cons: You go through a lot of batteries
I bought this at the suggestion on Crutchfield Tech Support, to try to resolve an issue created when I upgraded my AV Pre/Pro to a Marantz AV7701. My old processor worked with my older Marantz monoblock power amps (MA-700 and MA-500), turning the amps on when the processor was turned on, and off when the processor turned off. The new processor would only function consistently to turn off the MA-700s, but not turn them on. It would not control the MA-500s at all. I was able to get the MA-700s to work using the Harmony 650, but determined that the code required for the MA-500 was PowerToggle, which, although available as a command on the remote itself after selecting the MA-500 device, was not available in the MyHarmony software used to edit the Activity. My workaround was to use the Harmony 650 to teach an old learning remote I had around the PowerToggle command, then used this old remote to teach the Harmony 650 the PowerToggle command as a new command I called TogglePower. I was then able to Add this command to the Activity in the Customize screen, and now it successfully turns on (and off, as required) all of the power amps. I find the software to be a bit inconsistent, as in not having all the commands that were in the Harmony 650 available to add to an Activity. I also find I am unable to reorder the list of actions in an Activity, although the screen indicates you can, and the support forums indicate that you can. But it is a GREAT remote, anyway.
Pros: Very customizable; easy to program specific A/V products to the unit via a computer application; lights up automatically when picked up; keys laid out logically and easy to locate in the dark.
Cons: Software is not very intuitive; software loses communication with the remote frequently and won't sync (how this happens with a USB connection using the provided USB cable is a mystery).
The greatest critic in our family is my wife. To her it either works or it doesn't. It does. We now have one universal remote replacing seven. It it great for those who do not care like me for touched screens
Pros: Easy set up and use
Cons: Be sure you aim straight or you can get out of sync; but it is easy to correct
Easy to set up, and so far works as advertised. Was able to set up 5 devices including my old Yamaha receiver.
Pros: Works well with all devices. Good set up software on the pc.
Cons: None so far.
Received the product when promised. I have several Universal Remotes but the Harmony 650 is the MUCH easier to set up and get running. After collecting all of the device information that I wanted control, it only took 10 minutes to set up and start using on my TV and Receiver. I would purchase this product again and would recommend it to a friend.
Pros: Super easy to set up and use
Remote is easy to program and use. Also feels like a quality piece of equipment. Recommend!
Just attach the remote to your PC. Add your devices by model number. Done! The remote works seamlessly with my TV, DVD, Cablebox and Sonos Playbar.
Pros: Easy to setup.
Cons: Doesn't seem to have an option for my cable box's (Scientific Atlanta HD 8300) DVR options.
Very nice remote! Allows me to put the other 4 remotes (TV, Blue-Ray, AV Receiver, Cable Box) away. Works very well 95% of the time and allows you to "redo" the function when it doesn't. It's a WIN!
Can't beat this!
Pros: Easy programming - easy to use
Universal Remote Control: The Harmony 650 is a universal IR remote control which combines up to 8 remotes into 1 simple controller. Control your TV, cable or satellite box, DVR, Blu-ray player, sound system, and more from this one remote control.
Desktop Software Setup: The Harmony 650 is programmed by connecting the universal remote to your laptop or desktop computer using the supplied USB cable, and downloading the MyHarmony desktop software. The MyHarmony desktop software will guide you through entering the manufacturer and model numbers of your home devices so the Harmony 650 understands how to control them. It then helps you create your Watch TV Activity (or scene) for one-button control.
Note: The Harmony database has over 270,000 electronic devices from more than 6,000 manufacturers.
System Requirements: In order to use the MyHarmony desktop software your computer will need to meet the following system requirements:
Infrared (IR): The Harmony 650 controls your devices using infrared (IR) light meaning that there must be a direct line of sight between the Harmony remote and your component's IR eye or external IR receiver. The remote has an IR transmission range of up to 50'.
Color LCD: The Harmony 650 features a 1.5" LCD with a resolution of 128 x 128 pixels and 65,000 colors. See just what you need, like icons for your favorite channels and the commands you need for the devices you're using.
Intuitive Design: Buttons are grouped by how you use them, shaped so you can feel your way around and backlit so you can navigate your home entertainment anywhere, even in the dark.
One-Touch Activity Control: The Harmony Touch uses Activity Control to give you one-touch control of your entertainment system. For example, you can use one of the Activity buttons to power on your TV, DVD player, A/V receiver, set all your inputs and even activate play without having to program time consuming macros. Once all of your equipment is "on", the buttons on the remote are also automatically configured for the appropriate operation. There are 3 activity buttons - Watch TV, Watch a Movie, & Listen to Music. You can also power off all your devices with one button press.
Note: To help keep the Harmony 650 in sync with your devices, avoid turning your television, set top box, and other devices on and off manually or by using their original remote control.
Favorite Channels: The Harmony 650 allows you to program your favorite TV, satellite, and cable stations (up to 23) into the remote's memory for easier access through its LCD screen a backlit buttons. You can even store and view station icons.
Button Customization: The Harmony 650 allows you to customize what each of the physical buttons on the remote does, and each of these customizations are unique for every Activity. For example; you may want the Channel Up button to change channels on your set top box when watching TV, but have the Channel Up button tune to different stations with Listening to Radio using your stereo.
More Controls: With the Harmony 650 universal remote control you can easily access guides, menus, and recorded programs; as well as control playback, with dedicated buttons.
Help Button: A designated help button walks you through solutions when problems arise.
Teach Function: If there's a command on your original remote that doesn't appear on the Harmony 650 remote, or doesn't work properly, you can use your original remote to teach the command to the Harmony remote.
Battery Powered: The Harmony 650 universal remote control is powered by two "AA" batteries (included).
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