The Good Powerful universal remote with great ergonomics; color LCD screen surrounded by five contextual buttons; Web programmable via Windows or Mac PCs; excellent button layout and overall design; supports custom sequences/macros; sub-$100 price tag.
The Bad Only controls five devices; requires Internet-connected PC to program; adding favorite channel icons is a bit more difficult than it should be; an additional $20 gets you the step-up model rechargeable batteries.
The Bottom Line The Logitech Harmony 650 is one of the best universal remotes you can buy for less than $100.
Logitech Harmony 650
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Logitech's line of Harmony universal remotes includes more models at more affordable price points than ever before. For 2010, the lineup expands to include the $50 Harmony 300 and the $80 Harmony 600, as well as the $100 Harmony 650 reviewed here.
Except for different color schemes, the Harmony 650 (gray with black buttons) has the same chassis and button layout as the step-down Harmony 600 (silver with white buttons) and the step-up Harmony 700 (all black). The Harmony 650 improves on the 600's monochrome screen with a color version (it can display colorful favorite channel icons instead of just text, like the 600). The 700's price tag is slightly more expensive--it retails for between $120 and $150--but it controls six devices to the 600/650's five, and it has the ability to recharge its Sanyo Eneloop batteries by attaching the USB AC charger (both included). As is standard for Logitech remotes, all three models are programmable via a Mac or Windows PC, and use activity-based commands such "Watch TV" or "Listen to Music" to control a home AV system.
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