Control up to 8 devices using this Logitech Harmony 650 915-000159 universal remote that is compatible with more than 225,000 devices across more than 5,000 brands for wide-ranging use. One-touch activity buttons simplify option selection.
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Jeremy's new remote
Posted by: Clayslayer from: Rapid City, SD on
I rated the product as high as I could for a couple reasons. First off, it works. It controls everything in my living room as if it were made by the manufacturer of each and every (mismatched) device. Second, setup was incredibly easy, not fast mind you, easy. Yes it takes some time, figure on spending the better part of an hour programming this device, looking up model numbers, "teaching" it other goofy remote signals, etc. It is a lengthy process but not a difficult one, a Ph. D. in computer science is not needed, no Google'in remote codes, no frustration. The Logitech software is very easy to follow, giving simple step by step instructions. If you have trouble programming this remote I seriously question your ability to plug in a toaster.
I have tried to program the remotes for my TV, receiver, cable, (all somewhat "universal"), and a cheap universal to get everything to work on one remote with very limited success. The cable remote would do the TV and cable box, but not the receiver or DVD player, the TV remote wasn't really good for anything, DVD remote would do the DVD and TV (go figure) but nothing else, cheapy universal was a good paperweight but was the only one that would turn the volume up or down on the receiver, the receiver remote would operate the receiver ONLY. Had an Easter basket full of remotes on the coffee table and was perpetually looking for one or two of them.
Now ONE remote does EVERYTHING. My wife can even use it. Love this thing. God Bless Logitech!
46 out of 48 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Police350 from: Eatonton,Ga on
This remote is an entertainment junkies best friend! I was a little skeptical about buying this remote a such a high price, but the salesman that sold me my 3D TV,Blu Ray 3D Player(PS3), Sound bar,& remote link for the PS3 talked me into it when he showed me that it would be fully compatible with ALL my hardware.When I saw how easy it was to plug this remote into a computer and go to it;s website,search and add each device(easily) ,sync it, and you are ready to go! It does all it says PLUS SOME! It has more features than I will ever be able to figure out how to use, This version can be programmed with up to 5 devices!(Tv',Game Systems,Dvd players,surround sound units,and the list could just KEEP ON GOING!) If you have a small setup,this is the remote for you! I wish I had spent the extra money now and had gotten the remote version that allows up to 12 or 18 devices due to my extensive setup! Final advice,if you want a TRULY,fully functioning universal remote.This is a must have! Count how many devices you have, and buy the remote that fits your needs,you won't regret it! I promise!
216 out of 274 found this review helpful.
Best remote out there
Posted by: Chilehead1 from: Somewhere,Florida on
Never thought a universal remote was necessary, but was so sick of having 4 remotes on my end table, I decided to try it...Took about an hour to get it running properly, but it does everything it says and more...
I no longer have to turn on each piece of equipment seperately...When I want to watch t.v., I just press the watch t.v. button and it turns on my cable box, sound system and t.v. automatically...If I switch to my Xbox, it'll turn off the cable box, turn on the Xbox and change t.v. from hdmi1 to hdmi2, all by pressing 1 button !!!
The software recognizes over 5,000 devices, so even older models are recognized...I had 1 piece of equipment that it didn't totally recognize, but it had me place my old remote 2 inches from this one, and after pressing 3 buttons on old remote, it picked it up just fine...
BUY THIS REMOTE!!! It will change the way you watch t.v.!!!
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Solved our compatability problems
Posted by: sae111 from: O'Fallon, MO on
We couldn't operate all of our devices with one remote. We explored several options and the Harmony remote best fit our needs. I believe this remote can do MUCH more than we are asking of it. The Harmony does seem to miss some commands occasionally but it is easily fixed using the help feature incorporated into the remote.
71 out of 87 found this review helpful.
Best thing since sliced bread
Posted by: Renigade from: Lake Station, IN on
I read the reviews, Doubted most of them... (I have had some bad experiences in the past) BUT for the magical price that was offered on the Best Buy site, I purchased one.
I am a tech geek so I went into this with my eyes wide open, My daughter purchased a harmony remote a few years ago and she had problems (never could) configuring it (Yes she is a tech geek too!). SO I thought I would also have issues and was ready to take it back.
I MUST SAY, the program installed without problems, the hardest part was getting the "MAKE" and "MODEL" numbers of my equipment.
My daughter and I walked through the setup on the software, the PC found and installed the device drivers (Windows XP), we plugged in the numbers for the equipment, went through the wizards and low and behold (AHHHH) everything worked the first time.
We went through some of the other features and found that it will also control my XBOX 360, so we configured that too! We have a NetFlix account on the xbox and the remote will also control the xbox so you don't even need the xbox controller to watch movies... the 650 even has the X,A,B and Y buttons programmed in.
It is truly a masterpiece of technology. I am recomending this controller for anyone that would like to get rid of 5 remotes and turn them into ONE... THIS ONE!!!!
21 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Just what the doctor ordered
Posted by: LonnieB62 from: Forney, TX on
A great inexpensive uni-remote. I now have 2 of them in separate rooms, and they both perform flawlessly. I am not unpleased with the battery life either.
66 out of 88 found this review helpful.
A fantastic remote, but one caution
Posted by: MTSIndy from: Fishers, IN on
I bought this remote on Black Friday at half it's list price. Based on other reviews and a friend's recommendation, I had very high expectations. I had already confirmed that all my equipment was in the Logitech database (check for free before you buy), including a 22-year old Technics receiver. The setup program for the remote is very easy to use, but it also has the power to customize buttons and features and to edit the scripted activities, such as "Watch TV" or "Watch a Movie." Bottom line: This remote COMPLETELY replaces the remotes for my LG TV, AT&T U-verse DVR, Technics AV receiver, Sony DVD, and Sony CD carousel!
My only caution is that I had to return the first remote after 2 days: The Stop and Mute buttons worked intermittently, and then the Play button stopped working completely. I reset the remote and even downloaded its configuration again, but the Play button wouldn't even wake up the remote. Best Buy exchanged it with no hassle, and the second remote is working perfectly so far. Good news: The remote's configuration is stored online, so it only took 2 minutes to download to the replacement.
I will update this post in a week or so with an update on the replacement's durability.
19 out of 22 found this review helpful.
Best $100 I've spent on Technology in a long time
Posted by: DrJaybo from: WI on
I have a 1999 53" Sony TV, a new Samsung soundbar, a 4 yr old Sony DVD and a 7 yr old Sony VCR. It took me 25 minutes to gather the model numbers, download the software, enter everything, and get the remote fully functional. It was a snap. The old remotes are now in the attic. I love this remote. I have had 3 buddies over who saw my remote in action and went right out an bought one. It works exactly as advertised. Treat it like an iphone without a case though.
9 out of 9 found this review helpful.
Loose battery connections? Seriously?
Posted by: BertoBuckeye from: Indianapolis, IN on
This is my second Logitech Harmony remote purchase. My first purchase was the xbox remote from Harmony. It was great for a few months then the buttons (the hard buttons) started requiring more and more pressure to activate until they stopped working. So I started using 2 remotes again. The Logitech to turn on all my devices and then my FREE remote that came with my cable box to navigate the menu. You'd think the $100 remote would have a better longevity.
However I am in love with the idea of having 1 remote that controls everything so I saw this one on Black Friday for $40 so I picked it up. I was pleasantly surprised. The build quality just 'felt' better. I was able to just hook up to my computer and set up the remote with the activities I had for my old remote so the set up was a breeze. After a few days of trying it I noticed sometimes I wouldn't be able to control anything.....like the remote had reset itself. So I would have to hit my activity (watch cable) while pointing the remote to the ground, just so that I could get back to my activity screen.
Come to find out if you tap the remote, or really just move it, the batteries lose their connection effectively resetting the remote. If you do a search online for 'logitech 650 battery connection ' you'll find other users with this issue.
I was HOPING it would be something more serious like a firmware issue but seriously logitech? Battery connections? I have put in a claim with logitech, lets see what hey send me. Big dissapointment.
Some folks get around this by shoving foam or paper under the battery cover to keep the batteries down, but I just tried that and still had an occurrence of a bad battery connection.
8 out of 8 found this review helpful.
Great Design and Value
Posted by: RickGr4 from: Eden Prairie, MN on
I have progarammed and sold over 200 Harmony Remotes in the past five years. My first experience with Harmony was the 659 which I still like. My current favorite is the Harmony One but I am aware that the Harmony One is overkill and too expensive for some people. I have been waiting for a lessor expensive alternative to the Harmony One and the 650 is it. The 650 has a very similar design and button layout as the Harmony One. It has a backlight and tilt sensor. It programs the same as other Harmony Remotes. My only two reservations are the five component limit and adjusting the turn on delay for the TV must be done on the remote, not within the software. I am guessing that Harmony feels anyone who needs to control more than five components will consider the Harmony One and I agree.
My ideal remote is one that can be operated with one hand and thumb. Also it should be designed so you do not need to look at it to operate it. You should be able to operate everything by the feel and location of the buttons. Judged on that, the 650 and Harmony One are nearly ideal.
The 650 was on sale for $79.99 when I bought it and I consider it a great value for that price. Even at the normal $99.99 price I feel it is a great value.