Logitech Harmony 650 Review

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To be the best universal remote, it needs to be versatile, capable of handling multiple devices at one but also support a plethora of devices. Out of all the universal remotes out there, the Logitech Harmony 650 easily fits that description. With over 6000 brands to connect to, and replacing five remotes at the same time, the 650 sure is versatile.

Why We Like It – Logitech Harmony 650 Review

The Logitech Harmony 650 can support over 6000 devices, commanding five at a time. With that kind of flexibility, you’ll need a rigorous entertainment center to justify its price tag.

Pros
  • Supports over 6000 brands
  • One-click activity buttons
  • Versatile enough to replace 5 remotes
Cons
  • Online setup required

Performance

What we liked most about the Logitech Harmony 650 was accessing our favorite devices using only one button. We could watch TV on an Apple TV (on your choice of TV) in one moment, press the “Watch a Movie” button once and connect to the home theater in an instant. We could do this with up to five devices, though the Logitech Harmony Ultimate One Remote can control 15. Homes tend to average out at five devices anyways.

With that said, controlling every device was a cinch. However, we did notice troubling setting up the remote with more complex setups. If your entertainment center is a smattering of various obscure devices, trial and error is inevitable, though not the fault of the remote.

Design

The Logitech Harmony 650 shares a number of design decisions with other Harmony remotes. Its glossy grey, has black buttons, and a small LCD screen at the top of the remote. Contrary to the Harmony 600, it displays your favorite channel’s icon in color, rather than the monochrome of the 600; the Harmony 700 shares the same feature. The Harmony 665, however, has rechargeable batteries, and the 660 doesn’t.

Setting Logitech remotes is usually simple, and the Harmony 650 isn’t any different. However, an internet connection is required, Wi Fi to be specific. It’s annoying, but once connected, Logitech takes care of the rest. If there’s any trouble, there’s even a Help button. If wielding remotes isn’t your thing, and prefer using a smartphone, check out the Logitech Harmony Hub.

Value

If we think back to all the remotes we use, one tends to average out at around four, typically being TV, cable box, Blu ray player, music, and a streaming device such as Fire TV. That’s all five devices. In other words, you’ve removed five remote controls with just one remote.

When we consider the Harmony 650’s performance, design, and ease of use—we can say, with confidence, the Logitech Harmony 650 has excellent value, and will fit wonderfully in your catalog of smart home devices. For something cheaper, consider the Logitech Harmony All in One Remote Control.

Logitech Harmony 650 Review Wrap Up

With over 6000 brands to control, the Logitech Harmony 650 already earns points for being versatile. Being supported by so many devices makes connecting the remote to five of your favorite devices easy—especially with one click activity buttons. Needing the internet for the setup process is a bummer, but who doesn’t have internet access these days?

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Brady Meyers

Brady Klinger-Meyers is a writer based in Pennsylvania. He regularly contributes to websites such as Hardcore Droid, Gamepur, and Homebli. His work remains primarily in technology, from video game journalism to consumer technology.

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