Logitech® Harmony® 650

Universal remote with color screen

Item #: 596H650

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A truly simple remote

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.

One-touch commands

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.

Logitech Harmony 650

Smart color screen

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.

Easy Internet setup

You can control up to 8 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, simply connect the Harmony 650 to your Mac® or PC via the provided USB cable. At the Harmony website, just answer a few questions about your gear and how you use it. The proper command codes automatically download to your remote, and you're done.

Product Highlights:

  • smart color screen displays most-used commands and selections
  • one-touch activity buttons such as "Watch TV," "Listen to Music," and much more
  • up to 50 one-touch favorite channel icons
  • contoured backlit buttons grouped by function
  • controls up to 8 devices
  • comfortable, ergonomic design
  • USB port for downloading commands from Logitech's website (USB cable included)
  • can learn IR codes from existing remote controls
  • requires 2 "AA" batteries (included)
  • warranty: 1 year
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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What's in the box?

Download owner's manual

  • Universal remote control
  • 26" USB cable (with a male mini-USB type-B connector on one end and a male USB type-A connector on other end)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Setup Guide
  • Important Information
  • Support Information

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Features

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.

Simple 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 over 6,000 manufacturers.

System Requirements: In order to use the MyHarmony desktop software your computer will need to meet the following system requirements:

  • Windows-based PC:
    • Microsoft Windows 8, 7, Vista
    • USB type-A port
    • Internet access
  • Intel-based Mac Computer:
    • Macintosh OS X 10.6 or later
    • USB type-A port
    • Internet access

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 do, 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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Logitech® Harmony® 650 Reviews

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Best remote ever

Written By Brian, Neptune, NJ on Saturday, December 20, 2014

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Got rid all 5 remotes

Pros: Simply to set up

Cons: You go through a lot of batteries

Very good product

Written By RDC, Texas on Monday, December 15, 2014

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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).

Great Product

Written By JohnE, New Hampshire on Wednesday, November 26, 2014

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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

Harmony 650 Remote

Written By Anonymous, Ohio on Wednesday, November 19, 2014

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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.

Harmony 650 Remote

Written By h, South Carolina on Wednesday, November 12, 2014

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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

Cons: None

Great remote!

Written By LouB, Green Brook, NJ on Friday, October 31, 2014

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Remote is easy to program and use. Also feels like a quality piece of equipment. Recommend!

Easy Easy Easy

Written By Cheryl, Provincetown, MA on Wednesday, October 29, 2014

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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.

Great Remote!

Written By fred, 92260 on Monday, October 13, 2014

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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!

Logitech 650

Written By FW, Ark on Thursday, August 14, 2014

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Can't beat this!

Pros: Easy programming - easy to use

Cons: None

Questions & Answers Ask the community. Share your knowledge.

1 question already asked

Sorry, but I don't have any experience with PS3. [ TERRY  Nov 23, 2014 ]
I'm not sure, You can check the Harmony database at myharmony dot com. If thes3 is listed, then yes the 650 will control it. [ ROBERT D  Nov 21, 2014 ]
Hi Jeff B, I am pretty sure this remote does not work with PS3 functions. Logitech used to have a PS3 adapter, but they have discontinued it. You may still be able to get it through Crutchfield or Amazon. Hope this helps. Good luck! Ali [ Ali  Nov 21, 2014 ]
Do not own a PS3, sorry [ Barry  Nov 21, 2014 ]
No experience with PS3, but works surprisingly well with Apple TV and every function of my cable set-top box with DVR, significantly better than my other remotes. Very refined and smooth funtioning product, wish I had bought one years earlier. Cheers! [ MICHAEL  Nov 21, 2014 ]
According to logitech, it is not directly compatible with the PS3, but they say it will work if you purchase a PS3 adapter which is sold separately. I would suggest you contact Logitech product support directly for more information. [ Arthur  Nov 21, 2014 ]
I do not have a PS3 to confirm this for you. The remote works great with all of the equipment I have. Sorry I could not answer your question. [ LINDSAY  Nov 21, 2014 ]
You need to purchase the adaptor for PS3. It's a separate tiny receiver that converts the remotes signals into Bluetooth that the play station can read. Crutchfield carries this as well. I bought one and it seems to work flawlessly with the PS3. I use it to watch movies mostly. It's once not having to grab the PS3 remote and make sure it's charged etc. [ samuel  Nov 21, 2014 ]
I don't have a PS3, but it is my understanding that it is a bluetooth only device. Since this controller is IR only, it will not control the PS3. I noticed that there is a Harmony Playstation 3 adapter (Item #: 596PS3ADPT) that looks like it will enable the 650 to work with the PS3. Another option would be the Logitech Harmony Smart Control.The writeup says it will control the PS3. [ Stephen  Nov 21, 2014 ]
No this does not support Bluetooth. [ Andrew  Nov 21, 2014 ]

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