Friday, June 8, 2007

Logitech Harmony 659 Remote Review

Just thought I would share my experience with my new Logitech Harmony 659 which I purchased at TigerDirect with my new Vizio 47" 1080P LCD TV. So far, I HIGHLY recommend this universal remote.

You set it up via USB and an internet-enabled configuration application. They had ALL of my devices: Samsung TV, Harmon Kardon A/V Receiver, Verizon FIOS Motorola Settop and SlimDevices SqueezeBox. It can’t control my PS3 since the PS3 uses Bluetooth controllers, however it can set everything else up to enable using the PS3.

It knows the discrete codes for not only On and Off, but discrete inputs on the Samsung. It is setup with several “activity” buttons such as “Watch TV”, “Listen to Music”, etc. Via the software, I told it which devices were involved in each activity and which inputs were used. It did the rest. When you switch from one activity to another, it turns off the unused components. So for example, if I go from Watching TV to Watching a Movie (on the PS3), it switches to the appropriate inputs and turns off my FIOS settop box. It remembers the current state of the devices to prevent unnecessary turning on & off.

The best part is the Help feature. If you hit an activity button and for some reason the settop box doesn’t come on, you press Help and it resends the codes. If this doesn’t work, it walks you through a short list of questions such as “Is the TV on?, Yes or No” until everything is the way you want it.

Of all the remotes I have owned, so far, this is easily the best.



Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've had one for about 1.5 years and it works great. It eats AAA batteries so I use Eveready 900 mAh NiMH batteries. They last about 1 month between charges. Also, a design flaw will cause the small buttons next to the display to start failing after about a year.

Logitech replaced mine after several calls.

October 17, 2007 12:26 PM  

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