Logitech Harmony 665 Advanced Remote Control
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- No need for multiple remotes or remembering what to turn on or which input setting to use. Just press one button and Harmony does it all for you.
- Say goodbye to that jumble of remotes once and for all. Combine up to 10 old-fashioned remotes into one.
- Go directly to the shows, movies, and music you love with 23 customizable channel favorites.
- If things get off track, on-screen help will walk you through the steps to get everything working again.
- Harmony does the setup work for you. There are no confusing button combinations to press or codes to enter. Get to using your remote faster, with less frustration.
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Logitech Harmony 665 Advanced Remote Control is simple-to set up, easy to use, and gives you better control of your home entertainment. Online setup makes it easy to program with no clumsy trial and error codes. Use Activity buttons to turn on all the right devices to the right settings with just one button press. Customize 23 programmable buttons to jump right to your favorite channels. And Harmony remotes work with 270, 000+ devices, including Apple TV and Roku , so you’ll have the control you need—today and tomorrow. Harmony 665 makes juggling multiple remote controls a thing of the past.
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The (Windows based, in my case) app to configure and customize the remote(s) has a bit of a learning curve and it's not 100% perfect when it comes to organizing certain things like the placement or order of activities and devices in the LCD Display window, but for the most part, I can get it to do most of the complicated tasks and commands I want it to do.
What my main complaint about especially the 665 is the build quality of the remote itself. It's really not built to last, especially the 4 buttons on either side of the display window which typically get the most use. I'm not particularly rough with remotes but I've notice that especially the 665 buttons last about a year before no matter how hard you push the button, it no longer works, clearly because the internal parts wear out or break. The older 650 remote seemed to have a better build quality and lasted a lot longer - not so with the 665.
Thus, I can only recommend this remote with the caveat that you'll probably need to replace it once a year.
Anyway, if your audio device (in my case, it's a soundbar) is connected to your TV through an optical input, go away right now and look for another product. This device (and the Logitech desktop software that I needed to use in order to configure this remote) doesn't seem to know what an optical input is. I mean, it's not even mentioned anywhere - not in the remote, not in the app/software, not even in Logitech's Help/Support website or documentation. So, there's that. You'll be forced to select a different connection whether it's via the auxiliary input (hello modern times) or via Bluetooth which, in and of itself, presents a whole set of other problems depending on your other devices - like the audio device's power turning off after a predetermined time of inactivity so the Bluetooth is off, or your TV requiring permission every time a Bluetooth device tries to connect to it. I mean, these problems are no longer related to the Harmony remote but why can't an optical connection be included as an option when setting up the remote in the first place? This would have fulfilled the promise of a single remote running everything!
And oh! My pet peeve with the remote: so you can set up "activities" that would supposedly turn on everything needed for that activity... great! Excellent! Then you find out that the most recent activity you set up would be the one listed on top. Well guess what? People tend to first set up the activity they do most. Like... ummm... watching TV? Yeah, sure, if that's the activity you do most, then you of course set it up first. Then you add more activities and you later find out that your "Watch TV" activity is already buried down the list which requires you to press buttons several times before you get to select it! So much for the "one button to turn on everything needed" concept! This requires that you first think of the most mundane task you could ever imagine and set them up first, before you finally decide as the last thing you'll set up the activity that you do the most.
Oh well, the only nice thing about this experience is that I bought this from Amazon and returns are so painless. This thing goes out my door first thing Monday morning!
To set up the remote you need to be able to use a computer as ALL the setup is done from the computer. If you want to add a new device or add/change an activity it has to be done from the computer. That being said, you will need the following information for setting up your devices:
(1) Manufacturer Name
(2) Model Number
If you are connecting your devices through a receiver you'll also need to know the input for each device to the receiver. For example, input 1, Aux, Tuner, Video 1, etc. etc. That's it! Very good product.
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Once you set it up using my harmony software on the computer it is quite easy to use, once you get used to the functions and different buttons on it it's a doddle, It is much better than the cheaper all in one remotes out there, I found them quite limited.
They tried to accomplish this by creating a system based on what they call Activities. Want to play video games? The remote will turn on your audio amplifier and your TV and set them to the right input for you. Want to watch TV without your surround system? Press the TV button, and the remote will switch your TV to the cable input, and turn off your amplifier.
Given that most devices don't have separate "on" and an "off" remote commands but just a power toggle command, the remote will try to remember what state they were last in. If you press an Activity button to turn on your devices, the remote will now remember that they are on. To try and prevent you from accidentally turning things off, the Activity button will not work again until you turn off the devices by pressing the Power button.
This works well in theory, but gets completely out of sync if your TV has an automatic power-off timer, or if gets turned off using its own remote. If you want to individually send the power toggle command for one of your devices from the Harmony remote, you have to press the Devices button, choose the device that you want to control, and then choose the Power Toggle option.
Similarly, if one of your devices self-powers off, and you press the power button to turn the whole Activity off, you will end up turning the powered-off device back on. You'll then have to repeat the above procedure to turn the specific device off.
This would be easier to swallow if the remote offered a "dumb" mode to just toggle the power state of all/some devices with a single button press. As it is, the three-step toggle process makes it more annoying to use than a cheap $5 universal remote.
That being said, if you can get past the quirks, the list of supported devices is very extensive, and the remote itself is really quite impressive and capable. After being told how long the TV takes to turn on, it was even able to switch inputs by waiting for the TV to fully power up, sending the Input command, sending Down or Up enough times to choose the correct item in the list, and sending Enter.
Finally, you can't use the remote at all without creating a Harmony account, and the configuration software has to be run with administrator powers to work. There is no Linux support.
We've had other brand name universal remotes that never had any delay or button failing issues, and we have reverted back to them. The only reason we went with Logitech in the past is because of the number of compatible devices and the view screen. These two things are not enough to get us to buy another Logitech remote. Their keyboards and mice are nice, but not their remotes.