Join Date: Apr 2003
Location: Cheyenne, Wyoming
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The harmony 650 is a decent remote. That's what I'm using currently. Mainly for my wife. The advantage (For my wife) is that it has 3 HARD BUTTONS at the top that are programmable with activities. 1) Watch TV; (For me, that's my directv satellite); 2) Watch a movie (Meaning Blueray-dvd); 3) Listen to music. (I actually changed this to watching Roku). These three buttons are all my wife needs. Most of her viewing is in the bedroom with that tv. But on a saturday or sunday morning when I sleep in, she can come down stairs and watch the B7P and this remote makes it simple.
Of course, besides these 3 hard buttons, I also have all my other activities programmed into the screen buttons. My favorite harmony remote is the older Harmony ONE. But it doesn't have those hard buttons. Now; in another month or two; I will probably be getting rid of Directv Satellite. I've been testing Directv NOW, (The online streaming version). It's been pretty good, and I can get basically the same channels as with satellite, for $50-$60 less per month.
When I switch to non-satellite, I may get a new remote. Everything except bluray/dvd will be handled by the roku or apple tv 4k. And I won't have need of a remote with a numeric keypad (No need for channel numbers for direct entry). If i didn't have the avr, bluray, laserdisc, on top of my roku and apple tv, I could live with just the roku remote. That's the plan for the bedroom. The roku remote can power the tv and volume. So my wife will only need that one. For me; downstairs with the B7P and home theater; I'll either stick with the 650, go back to the harmony ONE, or look at a better one.
But as mentioned, the 650 is a good remote. It will do a LOT of activities. It's only drawbacks are: 1) It is limited to only 8 devices. Fine for most peopl. 2) The keyboard "CAN" have a quality issue. My last 650, I only had for about 4 months, half of the number keys no longer worked. Also so of the page down buttons stopped working. But at $39.99, I can live with getting a replacement. My Harmony ONE has been kicking butt for more than 7 years.
LG OLED65B7P, Yamaha 7810, 5.1.2 ATMOS
Philips 7302 BR/DV, ATV4K, Roku Ultra, Roku Premiere, Roku Stick+