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If you want a no-frills remote that lets you control up to eight entertainment devices without breaking the bank, I encourage you to read on.
Logitech Harmony 650 vs 700: At a Glance
Before I get deeper into the details, let me quickly summarize the main similarities and the differences between these two remotes:
- Both remotes will let you control up to eight devices.
- They are both are compatible with Logitech’s massive database of 275,000 devices.
- The 650 and the 700 each feature easy setup using your computer, a USB cable, and Logitech’s intuitive software.
- Depending on when it was manufactured, the 650 may support only Infrared technology. Newer models of the 700 support both Infrared and RF (radio frequency). See my Pro Tips below.
Also, the Harmony 650 doesn’t provide a rechargeable option, but you can use rechargeable batteries (purchased separately).
Logitech Harmony 650 vs 700 Review: Comparison Chart / Infographic
I put together the following infographic that makes comparing the 650 and 700 simple.
Simply click anywhere in the graphic below to open up a PDF of the full-sized version.
Before you purchase either of these remotes be sure to check the specs on Amazon for:
a) The number of devices that it can control
b) the technologies it supports (IR and RF)
These numbers may vary depending on the version of the product and when the remote you was manufactured.
For example, only the later versions of the 700 can control up to eight devices. Earlier versions only supported 6 or 7.
Broad Support for All Your Devices
The Logitech Harmony 650 and 670 will provide broad support for the devices you use today leveraging Logitech’s massive database of 275,000 devices. This means you can not only use the Harmony to control your television, DVD, Roku, Apple TV, Fire Stick, soundbar, and/or DVR devices, but you can also use it for your Xbox, computer, lighting system, smart blinds, and just about anything else that supports radio frequency.
If you also want to control your smart home devices like smart lights, thermostats, and blinds, check out Harmony’s Hub-based remotes instead.
You can check whether your devices are compatible with the remotes by searching for them in the Harmony Device Compatibility Database.
Exploring Other Options
The Logitech Harmony 650 and 700 remotes work best with a line of sight to your devices. If you have the need to control your devices from different rooms of devices behind closed cabinets, I recommend you check out the Logitech Harmony Elite or Ultimate Home. These (pricier) options are also compatible with Alexa (so you can control your devices using your voice). In addition, they also give you the option to control your devices via a mobile app. Moreover, they include a full-color touchscreen as well as hard buttons. If you are interested in exploring these and other Harmony remotes side by side, don’t miss our full Logitech Harmony Comparison Chart /Infographic.
Harmony 650 vs 700: A Closer Look
Most people assume that these devices are extremely difficult to set up and get to work. This is actually not the case. On the contrary, they are very is easy to set up with Logitech’s web wizard that walks you through the steps.
This helpful video from NickTheTechGuru walks you through the process of setting up the 650 and shows how easy it is to add your devices.
- Easy to set up – Just connect your Harmony remote to your computer and the Web wizard walks you step-by-step through a simple set up. However, if set up freaks you out, you can also order expert set up at checkout from Amazon.
- Simple to use – Simply press an Activity button, such as ‘Watch TV’ or ‘Listen to Music.’
- Never out of date – Device database of 275,000+ devices, from HDTVs to DVRs, VCRs to lighting controls, is automatically updated by Logitech.
- Backlit keys – Both remotes are easy to see and easy to use, even in the dark.
Really, the primary difference between these remotes is that the 700 includes rechargeable batteries, and the 650 does not.
No Remote Control Codes Required (Phew)
Perhaps it was not too long ago when you struggled with that tiny little instruction book full of remote control codes to program a remote. Can’t stand programming these things? Don’t worry! Remote control codes are not required for any Harmony devices. You simply connect your remote to your personal computer and download control settings for almost every electrical device on the market.
Super Simple To Use
Do other people struggle with using your home entertainment system? Perhaps your wife, kids, mother, sister, brother… or the babysitter? You will never have to worry about that again because both of these universal remotes make it almost impossible not to be able to figure out how to operate your system. For example, you simply hit the “Watch TV” button and Harmony automatically fires up all of the appropriate devices including TV, cable, soundbar, receiver, etc. Pretty cool.
Logitech Harmony 650 vs 700 Universal Remote Review and Comparison Chart: Your Turn
I hope you enjoyed my Logitech Harmony 650 vs 700 universal remote review and comparison.
Did you find the infographic helpful?
So, do you think you will buy one of these remotes? Or do you think you will go with a more robust option like the Harmony Elite or 950. Or perhaps a cheaper option like the Harmony 350.
Penny for your thoughts? Please leave me a comment below and let me know.
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About the Author
Tim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger
Tim Brennan [a.k.a. “Tec Timmy”] is a senior technical writer with over 20 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing for this smart home blog, Tim is also a regular contributor over at UniversalRemoteReviews.com. Tim holds a BA in Journalism from Northeastern University. Brennan is a father to two sons, an active blogger, a Star Wars nut, and loves a good taco🌮. There is a strong chance he is developing a crush on Amazon Alexa. You can learn more about Tim here.