Logitech Harmony 950 IR Universal Remote Control Review

Logitech Harmony 950 Review – A Definitive Buyer’s Guide [2020 Update]

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Looking for a definitive, unbiased Logitech Harmony 950 review?

Well, look no further!

This article explores the pros and cons of one of Logitech’s most popular touchscreen universal remote controls.


Top-Notch Infrared [IR]-Based Remote

The 950 is one of Logitech’s top-of-the-line Harmony universal remotes and is its best IR-based smart home automation remote control.

The 950 gives you full control of your TV, movies, music, and games. The sleek and sophisticated design offers a color touchscreen, motion sensing, and vibration feedback.

In addition, the newer redesign remote offers an improved button layout. It also offers a replaceable, rechargeable battery with 20% greater capacity over the previous version.

There are a few notable drawbacks to this remote over Harmony’s newer offerings the Harmony Elite and Harmony Ultimate Home, which we will explore in this post.

Logitech Harmony 950 Video Review

Check out this thoughtful video review from TeQCreation.

Expert Tip: If you are looking for an easy way to compare all of Logitech’s smart remote offerings, check out our handy Logitech Harmony Comparison Chart.

As this report from market research firm Statistica shows, household penetration in the control and connectivity market was at 22.8% last year and is expected to hit 43.6% by 2022. So, regardless of which smart remote you choose, you are still ahead of the curve!

Logitech Harmony 950 Review: The Good

Replace up to 15 Remotes

Yes, you heard that right, the 950 smart home automation remote will allow you to replace up FIFTEEN remotes.  While that may seem like a high number, it is certainly not outside of the realm of the probable for the future.  Just this year, I’ve added four remotes with devices I bought…one for my new smart TV, sound bar, new cable provider, and a Roku.

Simple Setup Using Harmony’s Software

Setup is fully automated using Harmony’s intuitive software.  As with other products in the Harmony family, you just enter manufacturer name and model information into the software interface, and Harmony does the rest. No more fumbling around for those “secret codes” required by other remotes.

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The Harmony 950 – Smart Home Automation Remote

One-Touch Control

Tap on any custom activity such as “Watch TV” using the swipe and tap color touchscreen and the right devices power on and automatically switch to the right settings.

Control all Popular Streaming Media Players

Using a single smart home automation remote, the 950 lets you control all popular streaming media players like Apple TV®, Roku®, and TiVo®. What’s more, you can control all popular gaming consoles, as well as CD, DVD, and Blu-ray™ media players.

Works with Devices You Own Today and Will Own Tomorrow

Works with over 270,000 compatible home entertainment devices from more than 6,000 brands available in Harmony’s ever-expanding database for product support.

Motion Activated Backlit Buttons

The smart home automation remote powers on when it detects you nearing it. And unlike many other remotes, the backlit buttons on the 950 give you easy access and control, even when you are in the dark (i.e., movie mode). Pass the popcorn!

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Convenient Charging Station

It’s a snap to keep your remote fully charged, ready and within easy reach thanks to the included charging station. And the high capacity battery gives you many hours of use before needing a charge.

Best IR Remote Control

According to Wikipedia, the main technology used in smart home automation remote controls is infrared (IR) light. The signal between a remote control handset and the device it controls consists of pulses of infrared light, which is invisible to the human eye but can be seen through a digital camera, video camera or a phone camera. This is the best IR remote control you can get, bar none.

Logitech Harmony 950 Review: The Bad

There are a couple of drawbacks to this remote, however.

Lack of Native Support for “Closed” Devices

It took us a while to figure out what Logitech meant by a closed device, but essentially the IR technology used in this remote, will NOT allow you to access devices that are stored in a cabinet, such as a closed entertainment center.

If you have devices kept stored behind closed doors, you have two options.  Option 1 is you can purchase a separate Harmony Hub (sold separately) for use with your 990. The second and recommended option is that you check out Harmony’s other offerings Harmony Elite and Harmony Ultimate Home, which include the hub and give you support for closed devices using radio frequency out of the box. Still, the 950 is the best IR remote control on Logitech’s menu.

No Amazon Alexa Support

I strongly suspect that in a year from now we will all have the capability to control our TVs with our voice. A major item on my wish list is to be able to turn my TV on and off with my voice. While the 950, doesn’t allow you to control your devices with Alexa, both the Harmony Elite and Harmony Ultimate Home do. You can also control your TV with your voice using Amazon’s FireTV Cube.


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What’s in the Box

  • Harmony 950 IR-based remote (with rechargeable battery)
  • Charging station
  • USB cable
  • AC adapter
  • User documentation

Product Dimensions

  • Height: 19.2 cm (7.56 in)
  • Width: 5.4 cm (2.13 in)
  • Depth: 3.9 cm (1.14 in)
  • Weight: 163.8 g (5.78 oz)

System Requirements

For running setup using Logitech’s software:

  • Windows® PC: Windows 10, Windows 8, or Windows 7

or

  • Intel® Mac® OS computer: Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

Related Links

Logitech Harmony 950 vs Elite: Review and Interactive Comparison Table

Harmony 950 vs Ultimate One vs Home vs Elite [Mystery Solved!]

Logitech Harmony Comparison Chart: Epic 2019 Guide/Infographic

Logitech’s Harmony Remotes Web Site (Vendor Link)

Shop Logitech Harmony Remotes on Amazon


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About the Author

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Tim Brennan,  Technical Writer Entrepreneur

Tim “Tec Timmy” Brennan is Founder and CEO of Writeinteractive, Inc., a professional services firm that helps innovative companies solve technical content challenges to address real business goals.  He is also an owner of smart home technology site and blog oneSmartcrib.com Tim became obsessed with smart home tech after purchasing Amazon Alexa. “One of my biggest pet peeves in life is that so much tech just doesn’t work the way it should. Alexa is the clear exception and hopefully a sign of things to come. From the minute you turn it on, Alexa just works consistently, and she is always there when I need her,” he said.  When he’s not crushing on Alexa, Brennan is a father to two sons, and he manages the day-to-day operations of Writeinteractive. He is also an active blogger, obsessive Star Wars fan, and an SEO fanatic.

 


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Comments

  1. This a great product, but you’re right on about the Alexa integration. You can add on a Hub and turn this into an Elite, but why not just by the Elite outright if you want the capabilities. The prices have come down so much in recent weeks that it is a no-brainer that the Elite is the way to go.

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    Hi David, That’s exactly correct. My understanding is that in addition paring the 950 with the Hub, there is also some configuration that needs to be done in MyHarmony. I am using the Elite and it’s pretty awesome. Love being able to tell Alexa to set movie mode and watch my smart lights dim and turn blue, as my TV, sound bar, and Netflix all fire up at the same time.

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