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Logitech Harmony H-659 Advanced Universal Remote Control (Black) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

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  • Easy to use, easy to set-up
  • Full control of any component
  • Three one-touch activity buttons
  • Ideal for satellite and digital cable
  • 2 MB non-volatile flash memory
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Logitech
  • Model Number: 966179-0403
  • Item Package Quantity: 1
  • Item Display Weight: 5.8 ounces

Product Description

Product Description

MODEL- 966179 VENDOR- LOGITECH INC FEATURES- Harmony 659 Remote Control- Black If you want your entire family to be able to use the entertainment system to its fullest the simple layout and one-touch activity buttons make this remote the ideal choice. Includes Remote control Software installation CD USB cable (4) AAA batteries Quick start guide.* USB Plug 'n Play After completing the Web Wizard set-up program the remote by simply connecting the Harmony Remote to your computer with the supplied USB cable.* Help Button One touch help for any problems you might encounter.* Activity Buttons Easily start your favorite Activities with just one press of a button!* Interactive Display Easy to read interactive display keeps you in control and informed of what is going on.* Backlight Glow Backlighting makes the buttons and interactive display glow brightly for easy use in the dark.* Learning Ports Just point your original remote at the Learning Port to capture and use any infrared command with the Harmony Remote. SPECIFICATIONs MEMORY - 2 Megabytes Non-volatile flash memory. HARDWARE - Backlit LCD 84 x 48 pixels 51 top mounted hard buttons Infrared sensor USB communication Speaker. INFRARED (IR)- 3 wide dispersion high power LED's Range > 40 feet Sending frequency > 60 kHz Sensing frequency > 60 kHz.REQUIRES - PC with USB port Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP or Mac OS X with Safari 1.0 Internet access 10MB free hard drive spacePOWER- While connected: USB power from PC when not connected: 4 AAA 1.5V batteries.SIZE - 8.1" x 2.3" x 1.3" WT.- 5.8 oz.

A good universal remote may control an entire home entertainment system, but more often than not, it also looks like the instrument panel of the space shuttle, with dozens of intimidating and confusing keys. Enter the Logitech Harmony 659 remote, which is not only simple to program and use, but also consolidates a user's preferences for watching TV, viewing movies, or listening to music into three clearly labeled buttons. Simply press the Watch a Movie, Watch TV, or Listen to Music button to activate all the appropriate equipment--including surround sound components--and the remote does the rest. The device will automatically switch to your favorite settings for each component, while offering you a host of customized controls on its interactive LCD screen. It's called Smart State Technology, and it puts you and your family back in control of your home theater system.

The remote is an ideal choice for families with kids, though in many cases, it's the grownups that will find the simplicity most appealing. Like many other universals, the remote lets you assign tasks to individual buttons. However, unlike most other remotes, it also lets you create new functions to specifically match your component, such as when controlling multi-angle playback or zoom on a DVD player. To do this, merely connect the Harmony remote to your computer through the USB port, install the included CD software, walk through the Web wizard's step-by-step setup process, and start programming. Once you enter the model numbers of your components and answer a few easy questions about personal preferences, you'll soon be able to control a complex home theater setup without any hassles of frustrations. The Harmony 659 also includes a learning port, which picks up commands from other infrared remote controls to simplify setup even further. And should the setup process ever get too confusing, the remote includes a handy Help button that guides you through common troubleshooting steps--the only remote on the market to do so.

The Harmony 659 is compatible with everything from surround sound systems to satellite and digital cable boxes to DVD players. As a further enticement, Logitech includes two free months of TV listings. For the computer setup to work properly, users will need to own USB-equipped computers running Windows 98 SE, 2000, Me, or XP or Macintosh OS X 10.2 or later.

What's in the Box
Harmony 659 remote control, software installation CD, USB cable, four AAA batteries, quick-start guide.

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 1.3 x 2.3 x 8.1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B0003QER82
  • Item model number: 966179-0403
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (160 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at July 7, 2004

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73 of 75 people found the following review helpful By B. Christensen VINE VOICE on December 18, 2005
I'll make this easy - the Harmony Remotes are the most brilliantly designed piece of consumer electronics I have fiddled with in a long, long time. I have a system of slghtly above average complexity - a 60" projection TV, Onkyo Home Theater receiver, Nintendo Gamecube, PC-based MP3 server (home built), and a combo DVD/VCR. The web-based configuration pretty much nailed all the settings, and the wizard is a great example of someone that did their homework when it came to figuring out all the possible "use cases" for my set up. Its probably not going to be perfect, though, unless you are using all very common components; you will probably have to tweak some of the settings. For example, after selecting the model number of my JVC combo VCR/DVD player, the standard functions worked fine, but the navigation between menus on DVDs was flakey and inconsistent - I went on the harmony web site, tweaked the settings by learning the missing commands, and voila - it works perfectly now.

OK, so why do some people give such seemingly contradictory negative reviews (definitely the minority of reviews)? I have a theory - the Harmony has no idea of what your little kids, guests, or even pets might do to the settings on your AV equipment. The Harmony can only remember the state it left things in. If your 5-year old (or your mother in law) walks up and picks up the TV remote (or goes to the front of the TV) and fiddles with the video inputs, it will throw the Harmony off (the Harmony will think it is set to "S-video" for example, but it might have been changed by your curious 4-year old to "Satellite" or something.)

But this is actually where the Harmony really shines, in my opinon - and shows how brilliant the design is.
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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Fix It on January 21, 2005
Although I have only owned the Harmony Remote for a very short time and cannot vouch for its longevity, I feel that the great first impression that it produced needed to be shared.

With the proliferation of AV equipment and all of the confusing remote control options, it has become a nightmare to turn on and operate 3 or even 2 devices at one time. Well not any more. Now with this wonderful intelligent Harmony remote, you are in control. The Harmony can control every device you have and it can do it intelligently. It knows and remembers what you have turned on and adapts itself to controlling only the primary functions necessary for the activity that you are presently doing, thereby minimizing the buttons positions that you will need to learn and remember. Watch a DVD and the forward and rewind buttons control the DVD while the volume and mute buttons control your AV receiver. Watch a VHS Tape and the forward and rewind buttons automatically control the VCR. No more having to tell the remote which device you want to control, it knows... This is the first multi unit remote that is not frustrating to use. It is simple, intuitive, and yet very customizable as well. Programming is done with the computer in less than two hours. It is so simple that the manual has very little in the way of instructions. Moreover, if you do run into trouble, the toll free tech support is the best I have come across in a very long time. The wait is less than 5 minutes during peak hours and the people on the other end are very knowledgeable and speak English (they are located in Canada). >

<> Here is why I give the setup procedure a 4 out of 5. The reason is that I did have to call tech support.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful By R. Stoer on January 6, 2006
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The H-659 is my second Harmony remote. The first was a model 520 that was so undependable that after two months of struggling with it I finally took it back (I've also posted a review of it). My dilemma was when it worked I really liked it. True, ergonomically it left a lot to be desired, but I could have over-looked that.

I liked the Harmony concept but the 520 was a miserable execution of that concept, therefore I decided to look at a more 'up-scale' model. I purchased a 659 for several reasons... I didn't want to risk buying one of the more expensive units because of my poor experience with the 520; None of the Harmony remotes seem to get high marks for ergonomics but this one got fewer complaints than some of the more expensive models; It wasn't clear what some of the higher priced remotes offered over the 659 (and even the 520 had all the functionality I needed). Basically, I was looking for something similar to what I had, but where the buttons wouldn't stick right out of the package.

Setup: I had to load different client software for the 659, but as before, this went smoothly on my Wintel XP PC. Configuring the remote was similar to the 520 and the few small issues that arose were solved using the excellent on-line troubleshooting guide. With a little patience you can fine-tune the initial setup so you will probably never need your dedicated remotes again!

Performance: The H-659 issues the IR commands noticeably faster than the 520. This is very nice because the remote usually has to communicate with several units and you have to keep it pointed at the equipment until all the commands have been executed (you don't have to hold the button down).
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