Summary: If you are under 40 years old, the back lighting is probably adequate, but I am 57 years old and the back lighting is so dim that I need a small flashlight to see which button to push. My old Harmony remote had translucent buttons so the entire button was illuminated. I read reviews before I purchased and only 1 person mentioned dim back lighting as a problem. I really don't want to wear reading glasses while watching TV.
Summary: I bought this remote probably two years ago. The 650 is packed with good features, and I'd always wanted a Harmony remote, so I got the 650. My favorite feature is the color screen, and the software to set it up. I'm very tech savvy, but I think the average person could set it up pretty easily. So why am I rating it three stars? There's a very annoying battery connection problem.
Summary: I've owned 3 Harmony Remotes of various models. When they work they work great, but all of mine had to be reprogrammed multiple times because they would lose their settings. For some reason if they are knocked off the table they lose their minds and I have to pull the batteries out for a few minutes to 'reset' them.
Summary: I love the idea that the Harmony 650 replaced my five remotes, it was a good addition to my home entertainment set up. However there are few details that made this remote flawed. It took me at least five times setting up the activities for my the H 650 to finally work properly and the durability is questionable, I have not dropped it but there is a sound of loose parts coming from inside, it did not have the sound before when I bought it but after almost a month of use,...
Summary: I purchased another Harmony since the 550 has served my family well. However, I'm disappointed in the 650 relatively speaking. The quality of the product itself seems lower/cheaper. The big issue I encountered was the difficulty the 650 appeared to have with the Microsoft XBOX 360. Specifically, the remote would not consistently turn on the 360 as well as execute other commands.
Summary: The remote does what it is designed to do but has a couple features I find annoying. 1) The bottom housing has a rounded contour. I assume this was to make the device more comfortable to hold. The problem is it will not sit securely on less than perfectly flat surfaces. Every time it falls (even a couple of feet) the remote resets to a first time user welcome screen that requires the user to go through a 12 step orientation before it can be used again.
Summary: Well this is my 2nd Harmony remote. I will say the ease to program and use is fantastic. Features are great. The remote works flawlessly when new. But like other users out there. The buttons quit working after time. My first remote Harmony 550 lasted about 5 years. So I thought I would give the 650 a try since I enjoyed the way the 550 worked over years. But after 13 months the 650 started doing the same thing....
Summary: Had 659 before this one. They both suffer the same issue. After some period of use, say 6 months, the most frequent button used begins to not work until it is pressed over and over again. Same problem Atari had back in the 80's with their game controls using the iron powder contacts.
Summary: I have the 600, 650 and Harmony One.. I would recommend the 600 over all especially over this model. It is NOT "color" as expected, it's more like just RED. So for nearly double the costs of a 600 this doesn't provide anything different other than RED over monochrome. Another thing I noticed with the 600, 650 the numerical buttons are NOT ergonomically placed.