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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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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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).Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
was in great condition but the on/off button is very difficult to usePublished 6 months ago by charles Pankow
not working the way it is supposed to. up / down and sideways buttons not working. still have not sent email to seller. Busy traveling for work. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Kevin Stainbrook
Product arrived within anticipated time frame, and accepted programming as anticipated. Performance is not 100% perfect; some buttons respond slowly while others stick and repeat... Read morePublished 10 months ago by SHBachan
This is a good remote, but it is very busy on its face. I prefer some of the newer harmony remotes and have two of those including the Ultimate that is much more user friendly. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Professor H
We love the remote. We have the same one for our downstairs tv. The shape of this one wasn't as good as I hoped. Still works fine though.Published 18 months ago by Melanie Tardif
Good price,fast shipping,works fine. Only reason I give it 4 stars is because the batteries were dead,Published 19 months ago by DIANNE KERN
Was a great remote while it lasted. I think the battery door is what went out on it and I just couldn't keep it together any longer. Or just got annoyed always replacing the tape.Published on July 6, 2014 by A. Tu
I received the Harmony 700 as a gift. It was pretty easy to set up and functions seem to work ok. Have trouble with the recharging of batteries. Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by nmmurf
If you don't want to spend a day programming your remote or you have household members that get completely confused by your home theater/receiver setup this is the remote for... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by Bonham