Summary: ok , I did just get this yesterday but so far it works great and was a snap to set up. I have a Samsung tv a Samsung dvd player a Samsung sound bar and a scientific Atlanta cable box everything programmed in just fine with the initial setup. as I was viewing I realized there was a couple buttons I would like to change to my satisfaction, first try at it I forgot to sync when done...ooops. after that any changes I make are simple.
Summary: I rarely write reviews but I'm so impressed by this product I can't restrain. The initial setup was very easy, took 10 minutes. After using the remote for a while I began wishing it could control some of the complicated commands on my AV receiver and I wished I could customize several other things. I plugged the remote back into the computer and was able to customize the remote exactly the way I wanted.
Summary: Of all the electronic equipment I've purchased over the years, the 650 has by far been the best. It completely exceeded expectations. I've had trouble with home theater stereo's and have had to swap different ones in and out. The Harmony and it's excellent setup website made it a snap. Just awesome.
Pros: Web programming makes it easy to program. Reliable. It uses generic replaceable batteries, The 650's take normal alkaline, which last a long time, or can use generic rechargeables. Macro programming is relatively easy.
Cons: Programming for the Apple TV takes some thought...or time for trial and error. The web tool does not set the remote up as am apple tv remote easily.
Summary: Driving Amp, Monitor, Blu-ray, VCR/DVD combo, PC video, PC HDMI in.
Pros: Setup is excellent. No code lists, just a nice wizard interface. Guided help menus are very logical. I give the setup 4 stars - much easier than anything else I've used before but not perfect; I found assigning activities to some of the pre-assigned top buttons other than Watch TV or Watch Movie confusing.
Cons: Worst scenario is when devices are already on because someone turned them on manually; in that situation if you click an activity button it will likely turn something off that was already on; this is actually a limitation of the technology, not the player; workaround: turn the remote in another direction and press the appropriate activity button so that it "knows" those devices are already on.
Summary: I've been using 5 remotes for years now and had simply grown tired of having to have a handful of remotes every time I wanted to watch a DVD or what not. I just purchased the Harmony 650 today and setup took less than 3 minutes. Setup was a snap. All I had to do was tell the online setup what model no's to my TV, Blu-Ray, DirecTV HD DVR, Home Theatre receiver & AppleTV. The rest is history. I've since put all of those remotes away for good!
Summary: unpacked, put the batteries, loaded configuration via USB (very easy software to use), all my devices were recognized (even a very old hifi). Pointed to my devices and all configs are working. The people complaining about the remote not working properly possibly have to review their connections and inputs on their devices. Once that's clear, configuration is a piece of cake.
Summary: Wondering about the title? This is my 3rd Harmony remote. I love them, nobody else does the activity based remote quite like Logitech yet. However, I think Logitech is making a huge mistake going forward with touch screen remotes. Its one device that needs to stay away from touch screens. Ill pose a simple question pointing out a simple fact.
Summary: The buttons on my Harmony 880 started sticking, so I had to find a replacement. I decided on the 650 and am glad I did. The software added all my devices and activities from my 880, I only had to reprogram my favorite chanels. The buttons on the 650 work better than the ones on my 880 and the 650 was a third of the price that I paid for the 880.
Summary: I love it! It was easy to setup and to use and I had no problems doing either. Everything works perfectly. I particularly like the "Help" button, if something doesn't turn off or on, you just press it and it automatically turns that piece of equipment off or on. My one mistake is I brought the 650 because I was being frugal, trying to save money. The 650 only controls five devices, when I really need a remote that cannot control at least seven or eight.