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Logitech - Harmony 650 8-Device Universal Remote - Silver

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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    What's Included

    • Logitech Harmony 650 8-Device Universal Remote
    • 2 AA batteries, USB cable
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    91% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (6648 out of 7331)


    Controls up to 8 devices

    Compatible with more than 225,000 devices across more than 5,000 brands for wide-ranging use.

    One-touch activity buttons

    Including a Watch a DVD button make it easy to select the function you want.

    Bright color screen

    Shows channel favorite icons and commands to simplify navigation.

    Online setup

    Lets you easily program the remote.

    2 AA batteries (included)

    For simple operation.

    System requirements

    Windows XP, Vista, 7 or 8 or Mac OS X 10.6 or later, a USB port and Internet access.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.4 out of 5 stars with 7331 reviews

    would recommend to a friend



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    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Step Down From Harmony 700

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Had I not owned an older Harmony 700 remote, I might have given the newer 650 three or even four stars. But while the 650's lighter gray color makes reading text below the keys (like alphabet letters under the number keys) easier than the 700's, there are way too many downsides to the 650 to give it anything but a overly gracious two stars. The 650 is uncomfortably lighter then the 700 (no, it's not the regular versus rechargeable batteries as the Best Buy salesman tried to tell me) and the balance is worse, making it borderline cumbersone to hold and operate. It's glossy finish is almost cartoonish. The display is admittedly slightly brighter than the 700's, but the 650's viewing angle is poorer and quite annoying by comparison. And the 650's key backlighting is far less attractive, being dimmer and an unsightly yellowish color (the 700's is a nicer white). But most annoying (besides upgrading from the older software, which I'll comment on later) is the horrendous lag on the arrow keys that makes channel surfing through things like on-screen program guides at best frustrating. (As an aside, the 700 was much more responsive -- I've put it side by side with the 650, so it's definitely a difference between the remotes). At first, I thought that maybe the 650's lag was a faulty remote, but replacing it with another 650 made no difference. After over 5 years of flawless service, my 700's keys were showing wear (the backlighting was coming through around the edges of several of the more often used keys), and for some reason, Logitech chose to discontinue it. The 650 was arguably better (at least on paper), supporting more devices (I was already at my limit with the 700 and was thinking of adding another one or two). I was comfortable trading off additional devices for not being able to use rechargeable batteries (another advantage of the 700). So I was unpleasantly surprised when my new 650 was recognized by the MyHarmony 7.7.0 software I used with the 700, but a message in red text said I was still at my limit for devices and couldn't add any more (meaning I was not able to approach the 8 supposedly supported by the 650). I called Logitech and got a support person whose broken English was not only nearly unintelligible, but clearly she couldn't understand me either. Still, though it was quite an effort to communicate with her, she seemed very knowledgeable about the product and said the limitation was with the older software and that I needed to upgrade to the newer version to benefit from all of the 650's features. I had spent hours creating very detailed activity pages and custom hard key programming for all of my AV system components, and I was not willing to redo all of this if that was a consequence of upgrading the software. But she assured me everything would copy over unchanged and I would be good to go. Unfortunately, upgrading to the new software meant I could not keep the older software on my computer (apparently they are completely incompatible), and like a fool, I believed her and went ahead with the upgrade. I'm sorry to say that my experiences with most support people have not been all that good, and she did nothing to change my pessimistic opinion. My programming did NOT copy properly. Some of the older functions were no longer supported by the "upgraded" software (like leaving a blank key on an activity page to make grouping of commands on various pages more sensible and intuitive), and only a few of my commands in each of my activities were actually properly replicated, interspersed with a random and incomplete sampling of stock Logitech commands for my devices (which was limited in most cases, very limited for devices like my Roku box, and non-existent for my Chromecast device, the latter requiring jumping through hoops to properly set up). Well, I was in deep already, so I went ahead and tried to reprogram my new remote to emulate my old one as best as I could. Fortunately, I still had my 700 as a reference, and also to use for custom key programming on the 650 to replace several keys that were no longer in Logitech's stock keys for various devices (like no DVR command for my DISH Hopper -- a huge oversight on Logitech's part). [Some of these problems I immediately discovered on the phone as Logitech's support person walked me through the upgrade process. When I told her that things didn't copy properly and blank keys on screen programming had disappeared, her response was simply that she knew that -- doubtful since she said earlier that everything would perfectly copy over -- and I would enjoy the new software much better anyway (a truly patronizing response since one spends very little time time programming the remote in comparison to the amount of time they actually use it).] Eventually I was able to recreate something that approximated my original 700's setup, but the lag on the direction keys is so frustrating that I find myself still using my highly worn 700 and a second remote to overcome the 700's number of devices limitation. I would NOT recommend the 650 to anyone, but instead suggest that if they want the 650's functions, they search for one of the few remaining new 700s on the web and get it instead. It may be a bit more expensive, but it is by far a much better remote. (Logitech still supports both versions of their remote programming software, and the new software will work with the 700 as well. So if someone likes the new software better and aren't concerned about some of the differences with the older software, they can choose it instead.)

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Difficult to Fix Problems

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I use the remote in my living room to control a TV, Roku, and external speaker with only a single setup. I stream Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, and videos from my Plex server through the Roku and I don't have a DVR or cable box. The TV's volume is kept to zero so it does not conflict with the external speaker's output. Under normal circumstances the remote works well. I can select the single setup I created named "Roku" which sends the two signals to power on the TV and speaker. The remote's "OK" and "Back" buttons navigate through the Roku's menu and the volume buttons control the external speaker. I programmed a function button to switch to live TV for weather or local news and the remote's channel +/- buttons switches stations. Another function button switches back to the HDMI input connected to my Roku. Problems happen whenever a device does not get its power signal and the remote ends up out of synch with the entertainment system. It may be that only the TV has been turned on, or only the speaker. It then becomes necessary to rectify the situation and send the power signal again to only one of the devices. There is no way to simply start over by turning all of the devices off because of the inherent problem with many devices that are not created to understand distinct "on" and "off" signals. To rectify this possibility the remote throws up a troubleshooting option every time a setup is initiated. The menu is a series of text questions asking if device "A" is currently "off" with a prompt for "yes" and "no". If you tell the remote that the device is "off" it will send the power signal to that device again. It then asks the question again for device "B", etc. Generally this works but it's not the best experience. The text is small and the wording requires active reading. Another way to fix such a condition is to enter "device" mode which switches the remote out of universal mode into a single device mode. Entering device mode is a two step process. First, enter device mode, second, select the device you want to control. After that you can navigate the tiny screen for the power toggle option of the selected device. When all the devices are properly powered, you must exit device mode and go back to universal mode. The remote has a tendency to unexpectedly reset itself to "everything is off" mode. This can happen if the remote drops or randomly if the battery runs low. In the "everything is off" mode none of the remote's device buttons work and the only available choices are the setups. Selecting the setup will then turn all the devices off while the remote thinks that all of the devices are on. Clicking the remote's "power off" button will turn on all devices while the remote thinks that all devices are off, thus being a complete inverse between the remote and the entertainment system. The solution I use when the remote thinks everything is off, is to block the remote signal with my shirt and press the setup button. Since the 2xAA batteries last about a month, the synch issue happens often enough. There is no battery indicator so it is not always clear with happened. While I have have become familiar with the remote, my wife has not. She is constantly handing it to me to fix something. Getting my in-laws, parents, baby sitters, or guests to operate the remote is an impossibility. Programming the remote requires software installed on a computer and a USB cable. Setup is backwards and very reminiscent of the early days of such device configurations. While the remote is functional, a lot should have been done on the UI to get this to be easier to operate. Also, the configuration software should be scraped and rewritten, and in 2015+ everything should be wireless. On the plus side, the remote has lasted the 2 years I have had it. It works with my Roku. Many of the issues I have is inherent to the ageing protocols of such entertainment devices and not the remote itself. I just wish they came up with a better way to fix the common out-of-sync issue.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      I love it -- and my wife likes it even better

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      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      We have a Samsung plasma TV, an older Pioneer DVR/DVD player/burner, a Sony Blu-ray, a Comcast cable box/DVR, and a Samsung sound bar. AND we can watch some TV channels straight from the wall cable without going through the cable box. AND sometimes we listen to cable music channels without the TV on. That meant we were using five separate remotes to control six different activities. The Comcast remote controlled the box and some TV functions; the sound bar remote controlled the audio and a couple of TV functions; and the Pioneer and Sony remotes controlled only their devices. I would constantly juggle remotes, and my wife got to the point where she would refuse to watch the big TV if she was by herself -- she would instead to to the bedroom TV and forego DVDs or time-shifted programs we had recorded the night before. This remote solved it, and she can now do whatever she wants whenever she wants with a single remote. One button turns on the TV, the cable box, and sound bar, sets the TV to the correct input, and then sets the sound bar to the correct input. One more button turns off the TV and tunes the cable box to our favorite music channel, with other music channels labeled descriptively on the remote's screen instead of having to remember three-digit numbers. Switch from music to a Blu-ray? One button turns the TV back on, turns off the cable box, and switches the inputs on the TV and sound bar to the correct setting. Want to then watch cable TV with closed caption? Our TV closed caption doesn't work with digital input, so we have to route the cable box signal through the old Pioneer DVR/DVD player to the TV's analog input while keeping the audio going to the sound bar. No problem -- push the "other activity" button, then select "watch cable with CC" from the screen. The initial setup was very easy, but the sound bar input switching wasn't working right. It took a day or so to realize it wasn't my programming, it was the remote not sending the correct signal. I sent an email to the Logitech help desk with a description of the problem, and got an email back within 24 hours that they had changed the "repeat signal" setting in the sound bar database. It fixed the problem, and fixed it for future users of the same sound bar, too. Very fast, very helpful, very easy -- I was VERY pleased with the support. After getting the basics right, it took several more days of tweaks and adjustments; we'd find we did something very occasionally (such as setting the aspect ratio of the TV to expand a 4:3 picture to full screen without stretching), so I kept notes about needed changes and every day or two would log on to the Harmony web site, where my personal programming was kept, make the changes, and re-synch the remote. Those gradually became more and more seldom as we refined the remote's operation to the point where I haven't made a change in about two weeks. The MSRP of $80 represents a good value, and I got it via Best Buy online when I got a pre-Christmas email about a one-day half-price sale. So -- $40 for this one, or $15 for a simple three-device "universal" remote we tried to use? Slam dunk for this one -- it's 20 times as useful for less than triple the price. That makes it a GREAT value. It does take a little thought and some minimum skill to program it, and the setup tweaks got easier and easier with practice. It's about as user-friendly as a device this complex can reasonably be expected to be, and my wife thinks it was the best purchase we've made in a long time -- she can finally use and enjoy the A/V system without having to become a gadget freak. STRONGLY recommended for anyone who finds themselves juggling remotes. It won't handle a super complex system with more devices that we have (adding the separate stereo system with AM/FM receiver, cassette player, and CD player would exceed the remote's capacity), but for our purposes it's fantastic. And, if I did want to add everything, after my experience with this remote, I wouldn't hesitate to buy a "bigger" Harmony that controls more devices and activities. I wish we'd purchased it a year earlier.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      With a Little Patience It Works Great


      For several years I have looked for a universal remote that would control my four devices that I use in both my living room and my bedroom: a DirecTV DVR, TV, DVD and AV Receiver. I became interested in Logitech’s Harmony 650 after seeing Best Buy’s Black Friday ads which included the 650 for $39.95. I figured that if it did not accomplish all the functions I wished, I could always return it for a full refund so I kept all the packing material. Before I purchased the unit I read 15 or 20 reviews of the product on several web sites including CNET and Best Buy. In all cases the device was highly rated (4 to 5 stars) however several persons suggested that the setup required a person to be somewhat of a “techie,” and that the online setup was somewhat lacking. Several reviewers suggested that it would take around an hour to get the unit working properly with the help of Logitech’s customer service. I have been around computers and electronic devices for more than 30 years so those statements did not turn me off so I decided to purchase the Harmony 650. I finally got around setting up the device around a week ago and found out that the reviewers were indeed correct but left out one thing: the documentation included with the unit Is sparse hence I found the online setup somewhat lacking. Even with my previous experience, the initial setup took around an hour with the help of a Logitech customer service tech. With there help I was able to control all of the devices in my bedroom however it took around a week to figure out and remember what all the button functions were for each device. After a week I found out that I was missing one function on my TV and AV receiver that I felt was extremely important to me…the sleep timer function. Some people use a book to help them go to sleep however, I can turn on the TV, roll over and fall to sleep in 10 minutes but to stay asleep I need to turn off the video from the TV and the audio out of AV receiver. The sleep timer was so important to me that if I was unable to program the sleep timer functions I had decided that I would return the Harmony 650 to Best Buy for a refund. I looked for clues in the unit’s documentation on how to program the sleep timer function into the 650 without success so I used incident number given to me by Logitech and called them back. It took another 45 minutes for the customer service to add the sleep timer function to the remote but in the end he was able to add the sleep timer function to both devices. I am now “one happy camper” with one remote instead of four different remotes scattered all over my bed. Would I recommend the Harmony 650? My answer to that question is definitely a yes and plan to purchase another 650 for my living room. However, I would warn people that purchase the unit not to get frustrated setting up the device. With a little patience and help from Logitech the unit will perform as advertised and for only for that reason I give the unit 4 stars instead of 5.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

      Incredibly irritating repeating help menu

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Perhaps I received a lemon, but the remote control that I purchased had a multitude of problems. // A few things that are important to know before reading this review // a) This product review is unique because I 'understand' gadgets. I'm passionate and knowledgeable about a wide range of electronics, so these criticisms do not arise because of a lack of knowledge about how to operate or setup the device. b) The remote was kept in a clean environment, suffered no water damage, and was not dropped, except for a few under 1" falls from the couch. // Setting up the device // a) Logitech offers a mac version of the software that you'll need to set up the device. The software only worked intermittently on my 2010 iMac. It did not work on my 2010 MacBook Pro. It also did not work on my 2012 MacBook Air. It worked flawlessly on a 2009 Windows PC that I dusted off. b) The setup instructions are fairly straightforward. It walks you through a prompt to add each device. c) TIP: Before setting up the remote, gather all your Make/Model/Series # for each device you'll be connecting to the remote. Write them down on scratch paper. Why? Because I had to go through the whole stupid process about 4x before it finally remembered what I had entered. Imagine having to climb behind the entertainment center more than once. So...write down those device IDs....on scratch paper. d) The remote setup software couldn't ever seem to identify my Sony Surround Sound System. It also hiccuped when setting up my XBox 360. // Using the remote // a) fantastic backlit keys b) worked flawlessly with the Xfinity cable box and OnDemand c) BUT... the stupid remote never seemed to remember the configurations for audio/video (i.e. When you chose Watch TV, 1) it should turn the cable box on; 2) the TV should switch to HDMI 1; and 3) the Surround Sound should switch to TV/Video .... and that's when things became REALLY irritating. Almost every time I'd make a selection (such as watch tv, play xbox, watch a dvd, listen to music, etc), one of the configurations wouldn't switch to the correct setting. So then you hit the help button, and it walks you through a simple prompt to identify the problem: Is the TV on, is the cable box on, is the audio set to TV/Video. You answer yes/no and things work. Ok...I really just wanted a remote that would respond simply to a single "watch tv" selection or whatever. Over time that prompt began to eat away at my couch-potato sanity. // Later issues // a) After 6 months of moderate use, the volume button started to become unresponsive. By 1 year it stopped working completely. b) Just after 1 year of use I upgraded to HD cable, which required a new box. So the remote needed to be reconfigured...downloaded the software again, check, plugged in the remote to the usb doohickey....and received the "please plugin your remote" prompt...on 3 computers. Fiddled with the micor-usb input to see if there was a sweet spot, no luck. It appeared that the usb connecter on the device had failed. I came to that conclusion after trying a whole box of working micro usb cables. c) tossed it in electronics recycling. What good is a remote anyway that doesn't even have a working volume button. // Tips // a) Before setting up the remote, gather all your Make/Model/Series # for each device you'll be connecting to the remote. Write them down on scratch paper. b) Get the 2 year extended protection. Mine died precisely after the 1 year Logitech Warranty expired. How convenient for Logitech. Fool me once, same on you, fool me twice....don't let that be you. That's about the most bitter electronics review I've written in years. Cheers with your new remote.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Once programmed, its great


      Using with: Panasonic 60, Pioneer 5.1 receiver, PS3, AppleTV, FiOs HD DVR. Overall: The programming takes a couple tries, It took me 4 re-runs to make it perfect. Setup: Plug remote into computer with cable provided. You need the model numbers for each of your devices.The program that Harmony initially starts you with DOES NOT setup everything, only the basic devices and simple activities. You'll have to re-run/edit the setup and select "Manual" then you will be presented with more options. The "customize buttons" option shows on the main menu screen, and from there you can adjust the way the Harmony remote works. I had to re-run/edit the set-ups multiple times to adjust everything to my liking, most users if not all will do too. Build: The remote feels solid, but a few drops and I worry about it, especially the screen. It has backlighting keys that show up automatically when you pick it up (thanks to the built in accelerometer). Buttons are decently large and easy to navigate. The screen is not great quality but it gets its message across to the user. Actual use: Once programmed, using the remote is easy. However there is a waiting time. This model only has one IR blaster built-in where the higher end ones have multiple. This means it turns on each device one a time, which the user does NOT have to initiate each. Scenario: User hits the "Watch TV" activity button, Tv switches on, cable box switches on, Receiver switches on, inputs on all devices are switched, sound from receiver is on, and finally user begins watching TV with all devices in correct modes. This process takes about 10 seconds with the remote always pointed at the screen. If users wish for the activity to respond faster, only option is to buy the higher end Harmony remotes with multiple IR blasters. If the remote seems to have missed a device or you switched between activities and something is not on/off, push the "help" button on the top of the remote screen and it will walk you through a short "fix" selection. Device suport: Tvs- any/most will work Receivers- any/most will work Game systems- most will require seperate IR/bluetooth adaptor AppleTV/media center devies/Pcs- requires button customization and in some cases a separate IR/bluetooth receiver. You can check for your device compatabilty on Harmony's website Go to the following link. Note: Yes, to those with digital video recorders (DVRs), there is an option to select to keep your DVRs on all the time without messing with the other devices.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Jeremy's new remote


      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!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good remote without being too complicated

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      This is my first "smart remote" and the only reason I got it was that it was half off for Black Friday. With that said, it's hard to compare to other high priced remotes. I left an 8 in 1 Sony Universal from the last 5 years that served me great but was acting and looking it's age. The ease of setup was amazing. Even with my not so new components, the remote recognized all of them and gives me all the functions that the OEM remote gave me. I have an ~10 year old Sony AV Receiver, a 6 year old Hitachi HDTV, a 1 year old Samsung Blu-Ray and an older model HD DVR Directv Receiver. #p.s. All of the 4 color special buttons on the Directv remote works with this remote. I have yet to find one that did so this was a big deal to me.# My old remote only had glow in the dark buttons, so you can imagine my thrill of having illuminated buttons, and ALL of the buttons illuminated at that. I hate when only a select few are. I know, nothing new, but still a plus for me. The remote also has a sensor in it to when you pick it up or move it, the buttons illuminate automatically so you don't have to try and guess where your first button is. Not sure if that's anything new, but I liked it. I #and especially my wife# really enjoy the hot keys like "watch tv" and "watch a movie" to where it turns all those sepcific components on and sets the TV and Receiver to it's needed inputs. My wife hated that she had to change all the setting just to watch a movie. And the "All Off" button is very convenient as well. On to my bad: I do not like that some of the buttons #volume, channel, directional arrows# all click when pushed. It's irritating when it's quiet and you hear a clicking everytime you adjust the volume. The numbers and FF/RW don't click, but the buttons you probably use the most do. That's probably my biggest quirk. Next, when you hit the "watch tv" button, there is an ~15 second "standby" delay because the remote is making sure that all needed components have turned on and adjusted inputs. The problem is that during this delay, you can't do anything. So if you turned the TV off with the volume high, there is 15 seconds that you are stuck with whatever volume it was last turned off with. 15 seconds can feel like a lifetime when you turn the tv on in the middle of the night and can't turn the volume down. If somebody knows a workaround for this, please let me know. Last, my wife is somewhat clumsy, and drops the remote religiously. Well, when you drop it on the floor, the remote somewhat resets and you have to go through the whole setup process. Not connecting to your computer setup, but just the internal setup that is much like a walkthrough. It only takes a minute or so, but is just irritating that you have to do that just from being dropped from the couch to the floor. For the $40 I got this for, I think it was a deal. I think I would have been a little more disappointed if I paid regular price for it but really it would be personal reference. I don't think there is anything wrong with it serious enough that would make me want to return it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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