With the ability to control up to 8 devices, this Logitech Harmony 350 915-000230 universal remote simplifies operation of your TV, cable/satellite box, DVR, Blu-ray Disc player and other home entertainment components.
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Get The 650 Or Above
Posted by: The25thHour from: on
I own the 650 version of this remote, but purchased this for my mother as a giftmas present. She has a slew of remotes so I figured this would be an adequate solution. Although the functionality of the remote does what its supposed to, its still very flawed in my opinion.
My biggest gripe with it is there is no "all off" button, like there is on the 650. I understand this is a model down from that but it seems kind of moot to have a remote that can turn all the devices on with one button, but not off, like this one. You can press "watch tv" and all the devices power on as expected, but you have to manually switch to each device to power them off. And if you press the "watch tv" button with one of your devices accidentally left on, the remote will power it off, forcing you to manually turn off each device, and do it all over again.
Another disappointing aspect of it was the computer software. On the 650 version, you are able to manually decide which device controls the volume. Which was especially handy if you have a receiver or soundbar, like me. On this remote you cannot pick what controls the volume. When you press the "watch tv" button, all the buttons change their assignments automatically. The guide/channels buttons link to the cable box, the volume to your external audio source and so forth. But not having the option of manually deciding that on the software was very inconvenient. You kind of just "pray" it will work. And if it does not, then you're pretty much forced to return it because there's no manual override in the software.
The last issue is the simplest but probably the biggest, and that is the remote only has a watch tv, whereas the 650 can have multiple modes, such as "watch a movie" or "watch on demand" where it will turn on your tv and automatically flip to your on demand channel. That seems trivial but nowadays with rokus, blu-ray players, xboxes and playstations, its very rare to have a living room or entertainment center not consisting of at least one of these things. If you're even considering buying a remote such as this, then theres a 99% probability you have more than just a cable box where you want this remote, because no one is going to buy a $40 remote just to control a cable box, when nowadays 9 times out of 10 the remote that comes with the cable box can control both it and your TV. Though the remote is sleek, and extremely fast, I just found it too impractical and flawed for what its supposed to be. And even though the 650 is $20-$40 higher depending on where you look, its worth it. The only "benefit" this remote brings, is if you have a small set up, such as soundbar/cable box/tv, or soundbar/tv, you won't have to manually put down one remote and pick up the other to turn the volume up or down. If you feel like spending $40 to eliminate this small task, then this is the remote for you.
21 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Works better than expected
Posted by: luckyone from: League City, TX on
I have been looking for a universal remote that would work my cable box. Comcast Xfinity X1. Everybody at Best Buy, Comcast, Fry's, you name it and they all told me that there wasn't a universal remote made that worked the X1 Platform box, While setting the remote up I entered the model number of the X1 box along with all the other boxes. THE 350 WORKS THE X1 BOX!!!!! Totally caught me by surprise. I was ready to pay $250 for a remote that worked, I got this for $50. The only negative I have is that there are no backlit buttons. (you can't have everything for $50). Works my tv, cable box, and Sony AV Receiver with one button on/off.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Good for the price...
Posted by: ChaosKnign from: on
I had been holding off in getting a universal remote for the longest time. I got my 4 remotes down to 2 and was fine with that, until a software update on the Xbox caused one of the devices to stop responding to it's IR blasts. I didn't want to go to 3 remotes, so I took the plunge and got this remote. I didn't want anything fancy, just something to turn the volume up and down and to play and pause. This remote does the job.
A couple of negatives that are not deal breakers are:
1. Software - The Harmony software looks like it was made for Windows for workgroups 3.1. Interface is pretty ugly and even though the initial setup is easy, it is not that intuitive if you need to go back in and adjust a setting.
2. No backlight - Seriously Logitech? There are a lot of buttons and they're pretty small and not uniquely shaped, so it's not easy to know what buttons you're pressing in the dark. I find myself tilting the remote towards the TV glare to see where the buttons I need are.
7 out of 8 found this review helpful.
It's good for connecting multiple devices
Posted by: vcoiner from: Lexington KY on
This remote is good for connecting multiple devices. However, if you have a smart tv like I do, I would spend the additional money for the next step up. This one has to be synced a lot.
3 out of 3 found this review helpful.
Great remote that is easy to program.
Posted by: Mike from: Virginia on
Programming the remote is a snap, just install the software, hook the remote to your computer, and enter the model numbers of all your components. No need to punch in a bunch of random codes until you find one that works. Also, the "Watch TV Button" is a great feature. You can program which components need to power on together, and control them with one button.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: JesseG from: on
I have several touchscreen harmony ultimate home remotes/hubs in my home and LOVE them. We use them for tv entertainment/ wifi ac/ and phillips hue lighting. I purchaded the harmony 350 remote for my 9yr old son's bedroom so he could connect all his devices with one easy remote... Blu-ray, directv, wii u, etc... Its very easy for him to switch between devices and saves energy costs by powering everything down with one click. Super easy to program on the computer or via phone app. Comes with usb cord for firmware updates.
2 out of 2 found this review helpful.
It's OK, not perfect
Posted by: WTHImjustgivingareviewWhy from: on
It performs most functions that my other remotes do, but has trouble with decimal points in digital broadcast channels. Programming was painful. It seems I had to start over and over trying to get the Watch TV button to tune to my favorite channel, and it took forever. It has a feature to teach it a function from my old remote, but my old remote is broken. That's why I bought this thing.
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Ok but need more
Posted by: Brick from: on
I have the 650 model for my home, my parents were wanting to reduce the amount of remotes needed to run their home system. Tried this remote however it only has 1 programmable button and more were needed. Took this back and got the 650 and the family has been happy ever since.
For the 350 and the 650 the online system to setup the remote is easy was able to get my folks programming the remote by themselves. They have since bought more of the Harmony remotes for the other rooms in their house.
As for the "I would recommend this to a friend"
Yes If you only need to watch TV
No If you want easy way to program multiple devices (Bluray Player, PS3/Xbox, Cable, Roku/Fretv/Chromcast, ect)
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Hardwork from: on
Everything worked as it should. Awesome computer app allows you to key bind buttons however you wish. Would recommend. Only issue is the grip or feel of the remote when holding it is odd.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Get rid of your other remotes
Posted by: Gerbs from: on
Not as good as the 650 but for the on sale price I couldn't pass it up. Downside is it is not backlit.