Synopsis: In this article, I review the Logitech Harmony 650 vs 665 universal remote controls. We’ll take a look at some and pros and cons, weigh out the similarities and differences, and compare these two smart remotes side by side.
♚So do you just want to know which budget Harmony remote is better? There is really very little difference between these remotes. However, since the 665 can handle two more devices and I prefer a black remote over a gray one, this is my pick. However, the 650 is a solid runner up if you only need to control eight devices and like the silver-gray color. Eight devices may be sufficient if you have a basic home entertainment setup.
Almost a Stalemate
When it comes to universal remotes, there is no bigger name than Logitech Harmony.
Logitech corners the market on remotes that will control your home theater and smart home stuff too.
While neither of these remotes will control smart devices, they both do a great job at controlling devices in your home theater.
Both of these universal remotes will let you consolidate multiple remotes for your Smart TV, cable box, Roku /Apple TV, Amazon FireTV player, DVR, audio receiver, soundbar and a whole lot more down to just one.
But which one should sit beside that chess board on your coffee table?
Let’s take a closer look.
Quick Comparison Chart
Below is a quick comparison table highlighting the major features of the Logitech Harmony 650 vs 665 remotes at a glance. We will provide even more detailed specifications below.
Harmony 665 vs 650: Really?
Swiss-based Logitech has released a number of upgrades to its Harmony line of universal remote controls since way back in 2004. The ongoing improvements have been good news for both Harmony customers and the company alike, with one notable exception. With all of the different versions of the remotes, the branding can be totally confusing.
I mean 650 vs 665, come on really? Did they just add 15 to 650 to come up with this? LOL. Anyhow, we are are here to break it down for you. In the rest of this review, I will take a head-to-head look at how 650 matches up against the 665. Next, we will give mini-reviews of each remote followed by the similarities and differences of each. Then I will do a bit of a deeper dive into product specifications. Why? So you can make a well-informed purchase decision. So what’s the bottom line? The 665 slightly edges out the 650 from features and design perspective in my opinion. I’ll go into more detail below.
Logitech Harmony 665 Mini Review
The Harmony 665 really is a solid remote. I am a pretty big proponent of smart home technology, so the biggest gripe that I have with this remote is that it won’t support your smart home stuff. If you want to integrate your smart home with your home entertainment (you tell Alexa to “watch a movie” and she auto dims the lights and lowers your smart blinds etc.), check out our review of the Harmony Elite or Harmony Express.
Ok, back to the 665. This remote will do a great job of controlling the devices in your entertainment center. You can also set up activities like Watch a movie to fire up all the required home theater components. This includes your TV, soundbar/surround sound system, Tivo or Apple TV or Roku, etc. So, from this perspective, it does a good job of consolidating the remotes you have cluttering up your living room. It will let you control up to 10 supported devices from Logitech’s massive database of 270,000 components. Chances are if you own it, you can control it.
The 665 is really a minor upgrade to the 650. But there are three main differences. First, 650 is no longer actively being marketed and sold by Logitech. You can find deals on it on Amazon, however. Second, the 665, supports two additional devices, which is nice with today’s sophisticated setups and with people often owning multiple streaming players. Third, is the color. I like the matte black one slightly better than the gray one.
Thanks to Erin Lawrence from Best Buy Canada for the usual super-helpful review.
- Lets you control up to 10 devices / consolidate 10 remotes down to one.
- New black matte remote color is pretty slick
- Support for over 270,000 devices from 5,000 brands means your devices are likely supported
- Intuitive PC based set up using Harmony’s software and USB connection to your computer [no remote codes required]
- Supports custom activities to fire up required home theater devices [turn on the TV, soundbar, and tune Roku to Netflix].
- The mini color display screen will impress your movie night date [but not as impressive as the Harmony Elite]
- Won’t control your smart home devices [like smart lights, smart blinds, smart locks, thermostats, etc.]
- Doesn’t work with Amazon Alexa or Google Home
- No smartphone apps for multiple family members or for away-from-home device control
- Some customers complain the batteries drain too quick
- Single room control only
- Limited control over devices within cabinets
Logitech Harmony 650 Mini Review
Even though the 650 has been discontinued by Logitech, it is still available for purchase on Amazon and this may continue to be the case for a while.
However, I really don’t know so if you have your heart set on this remote, you should probably scoop it up now. I’m sure it’s probably already starting to set in that the main difference between the Harmony 665 vs 650 is that you get to control two more devices with the 665. Logitech almost certainly did this in response to the streaming media phenomenon. Many people, myself included, have multiple streaming players like Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV, etc. You can use it to control multiple video game consoles too. While 10 might seem like a lot, once you take this into consideration your device limit could be reached quickly.
You do get all of the other benefits of the 665 remote, though. But again, you can’t control your smart home things with either of these remotes. You are likely going to want to do this in the future, but for now, these remotes might be a nice stopgap for you. It’s going to depend on what you want to control really.
Thanks to John Falcone, CNET Executive Director [sciandtechvideos], for nailing this video review in under two minutes and 58 seconds.
- Often less expensive than the 665.
- Unlike me, some people have a [strong!] preference for the gray color over the black
- Supports activities such as “Watch a Movie”
- 23 programmable favorite channels also like the 665
- Massive database of 270,000 supported devices
- Extensive support forums available for both of these remotes that can help you solve just about any challenge
- Limited to controlling eight instead of 10 devices
- The rest of the cons are the same as the 665
Similarities and Differences
- Both remotes have a color display screen.
- They both run on AA batteries, although you can get rechargeable ones [recommended].
- Both have backlit buttons [below the display screen all buttons are backlit]
- They both require line of sight [LOS] to your devices, though some customers report success with controlling devices inside cabinets.
- Both remotes let you control only home entertainment and not smart home devices.
- Ability to trigger activities with one touch.
- Set up is fairly intuitive using Harmony’s online setup process from your computer [no remote codes required]
- 665 lets you control up to 10 devices, with the 650 you are limited to eight.
- 650 comes in gray only, and the 665 is black
- 665 is still being actively marketed and supported by Logitech; while it looks like they will continue to support the 650 it is hard to know if this will change in the future.
What’s in the Box?
This section details what’s in the box for each remote.
Logitech Harmony 665
The Sevenhugs Smart remote box contains the following:
- Harmony 650 remote
- 2 AA Batteries [included]
- USB cable
- User documentation
Logitech Harmony 650
The Harmony Elite box contains the following items:
- Harmony 650 remote
- 2 AA Batteries [included]
- USB cable
- User documentation
Harmony 650 vs 665 - Interactive Comparison TableEnter a term into the search field to filter results by that term. For example, entering "color" will show you just the table rows with the word color in them. Scroll through additional table data by using the arrows below the table.
|Harmony 665||Harmony 650|
|Dimensions||5.7 x 10.7 x 1.6 in||5.4 x 9.5 inches x 1.9|
|Weight||9.9 ounces||8 ounces|
|# of Devices||10||8|
|Supports Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 (BLE) and Z-Wave, and includes IR blaster||No||No|
|Controls TV, cable boxes, Direct TV, sound bars, and music systems||All major brands||All major brands|
|Controls smart lights||No||No|
|Controls smart thermostats||No||No|
|Controls entertainment products like Apple TV, Roku, Amazon Fire TV||Yes||Yes|
|Controls newer video game consoles [Sony PlayStation 4 and Microsoft Xbox One]||Yes||Yes|
|No of devices supported||270,000 and growing||270,000 and growing|
|Requires line of sight [LOS] to devices||Yes||Yes|
|Full color touch screen||No, Display only||No, Display only|
|Screen size and colors||1.5 inch (diagonal), 65,000 color screen, 128 x 128 pixels||1.5 inch (diagonal), 65,000 color screen, 128 x 128 pixels|
|One-touch activities (Watch Movie, Play Game, Listen to Music) to switch all devices to right settings||Yes||Yes|
|Compatible with Amazon Alexa||No||No|
|Compatible with Google Home||No||No|
|Backlit physical buttons||Yes, below LCD||Yes, below LCD|
|Companion Smartphone App||No||No|
|Battery Type||2 AA [included]||2 AA [included]|
|Battery Life||Varies depending on use||Varies depending on use|
|Setup||Via Computer USB connection to remote||Via Computer USB connection to remot|
|See it at Amazon||See it at Amazon|
Logitech Harmony 665 vs 650: Checkmate?
So what do you think of the Harmony 665 vs 650? Is control over your home entertainment devices sufficient for you? Or do you need to control smart home devices too?
Do you think the 665 edges out the 650 because it adds control over two additional devices? What do you think about the black vs gray color choices?
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Tim Brennan is Founder and CEO of Writeinteractive, Inc., a professional services firm that helps companies solve technical content challenges. He is also an owner of a smart home technology blog oneSmartcrib.com and a regular contributor to UniversalRemoteReviews.com. UniversalRemoteReviews.com is a website that specializes in reviewing smart remote controls and related technologies. Brennan is a father to two sons, and he manages the day-to-day operations of Writeinteractive. He is also an active blogger, a Star Wars nut, and a huge proponent of the Oxford comma. Tim holds a B.A. in Journalism from Northeastern University. For more than 25 years, he has worked as a technical writer and senior technical writer for organizations in and around Boston. These include General Electric, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Blue Cross Blue Shield, Liberty Mutual, and Biogen.