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Logitech Harmony 950 Review – Updated 2020 Buyer’s Guide

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Looking for a definitive, unbiased Logitech Harmony 950 review?

Look no further!

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

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A 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, gaming consoles as well as the other devices in your entertainment arsenal. The sleek and sophisticated design features a color touchscreen, motion sensing, and an ample amount of vibration  [haptic] feedback when buttons are pressed.

In addition, the newer redesigned remote offers an improved button layout over its predecessor the Harmony Ultimate One. The 950 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 I will explore in this post.


Logitech Harmony 950 Video Review

Check out this helpful video review below from JQ of TeQCreation.

Important note: While JQ’s review is on the Harmony Elite, the 950 is essentially the same remote, so I have included this review here for that reason.  The main notable difference is that the Elite also ships with a Hub. The Hub lets you control smart devices in addition to your home entertainment equipment. You can read about some additional differences between the Harmony Elite vs 950 in this separate comparison post I wrote.

I love the special effects at the start of this video! LOL.

Pro Tip: If you are looking for an easy way to compare all of Logitech’s smart remote offerings, check out my 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!

OK, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of my Logitech Harmony 950 review.


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 Samsung smart TV, a Samsung soundbar, a new cable provider [Xfinity], and a Roku. If you have a fireplace and maybe even a ceiling fan that relies on an IR signal, chances are you can use the 950 to control that too.

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 adds your devices. No more fumbling around for those “secret codes” required by other remotes.

Logitech Harmony 950 Review

Harmony 950 – Best IR Remote for Home Entertainment

One-Touch Control

Tap on any custom activity such as “Watch TV,” “Listen to Music” or maybe even “Netflix and Chill” using the swipe and tap color touchscreen and the right devices power on and automatically switch to the right settings.

For example, your Netflix and Chill activity could power on your TV, an audio receiver, your soundbar and surround set up, then even switch to the Netflix home screen, all at he press of a single button. Cool.

Control all Popular Streaming Media Players

Using a single remote, the 950 will also let you control most popular streaming media players like Apple TV, Roku, Amzon Fire TV and even your DVRs like TiVo®. What’s more, you can control all popular gaming consoles including Xbox One and Playstation, as well as CD, DVD, and Blu-ray™ media players.

Works with Devices You Own Today and Will Own Tomorrow

The Harmony 950 works with over 275,000 compatible home entertainment devices from more than 5,000 brands available in Harmony’s ever-expanding database for product support. To see if the devices you own are compatible, you can prescreen them by conducting a search using Harmony’s device compatibility database.

Motion Activated Backlit Buttons

The smart home automation remote powers on when it detects you nearing it. And unlike many other remotes, all of the buttons are backlit on the 950. This gives you easy access and control, even when you are in the dark (i.e., movie night). 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 home entertainment devices 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.

That said, there are few things you can’t control. This includes devices that rely on a Wi-Fi or Bluetooth signal.  I’ll get into that a bit more below.


Logitech Harmony 950 Review: The Bad

Here are a few caveats of 950 along with some things it can’t do when compared to Harmony’s Hub based remotes like the Elite and Companion.

Lack of Native Support for “Closed” Devices

It took me 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 or Google Home Support

The technology now exists that gives us the capability to control our TVs with our voice. The Harmony Hub based remotes offer limited commands that will let you do it with both Alexa and Google Home. Harmony also came out last year with the Harmony Express.  This newest member of the Logitech family has Alexa built right into the remote.

While the 950 doesn’t allow you to control your devices with Alexa or Google Assistant, both the Harmony Elite and Harmony Ultimate Home do. Generally speaking, if the Harmony remote comes with a hub, you’ll have some degree of voice control using these popular smart speakers. You can also now control your TV with your voice using Amazon’s FireTV Cube.


Where To Get It

After reading my Logitech Harmony 950 review, if you are interested in buying the Logitech 950 remote, you can click on the badge below to see at Amazon.

I think they update the price in the badge nightly, but you can click through to see the actual price at Amazon.

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What’s in the Box

logitech harmony 950 review

  • 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)

If you are interested in seeing the full specifications of the Harmony 950 Remote, check out this datasheet.


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

Logitech Harmony 950 Review: Tag, You’re It…

I hope you enjoyed my Logitech Harmony 950 Review.

I would love to hear if you found it helpful and whether you own or plan to purchase this remote.

Please let me know by leaving a quick comment below.


Related Links

If you liked this Logitech Harmony 950 review, you might also like some other reviews I put together on Harmony remotes.

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 2020 Guide/Infographic

Logitech’s Harmony Remotes Web Site (Vendor Link)

Shop Logitech Harmony Remotes on Amazon


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best universal remotes for NetflixTim Brennan, Technical Writer & Blogger

Tim Brennan [a.k.a. “Tec Timmy”] is a senior technical writer with over 25 years of experience writing for companies and organizations in and around Greater Boston, including GE and MIT. In addition to actively writing for this site, Tim is also a regular contributor over at oneSmartcrib.com, a smart home blog. 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.

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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