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Logitech Harmony 659

Logitech® Harmony® 659 Advanced Universal Remote Product of the Month
September 2006 

by Linda A. Epstein

If your looking for a universal remote that is easy to setup, and that you don't need to be a rocket scientist to use, look no further.    The Logitech Harmony 659 Advanced Universal remote can do it all.

Unlike universal remotes of the past that take hours to set up and program the Harmony 659 connects to your Tablet PC (or any other computer) with an included USB cable and is set up over the internet. 

I started with a list of the make and model numbers of the devices I wanted to control with the Logitech Harmony 659 Universal remote and It took less than 30 minutes from the time I connected the remote to the computer to enter the information for my devices and set up the activities associated with them.

When I began set up I was prepared from not being able to control some of my older Carver tube equipment but much to my surprise every piece of equipment i entered was found and set up with out a problem.   

Another nice feature of the Logitech Harmony remotes is that one you have one configured, if you decide to upgrade to another Logitech remote the online configuration setting are saved so you don't have to enter everything from scratch.


What's in the Box :

  • Logitech Harmony 659 Advanced Universal Remote
  • Harmony Software Installation CD
  • Quick Start Guide
  • USB cable
  • 4 AAA batteries

Features: from the Logitech web site

Easy to use for the whole family.

  • Easy to use, easy to set-up.
  • Full control of any component.
  • 3 one-touch activity buttons.
  • Ideal for satellite and digital cable.
  • No macro programming.
  • 2MB non-volatile flash memory.
  • Super bright backlight.
  • Free TV listings for 2 months.
  • Smart State Technology® inside.

Logitech 659 features

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Color: Black
Software: Current system requirements: PC with USB port, Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP or Mac OS X with Safari 1.0, Internet access, 10MB free hard drive space. Future support for Linux
Memory: 2 Megabytes non-volatile flash memory.
Hardware: Backlit LCD 84 x 48 pixels, 51 top-mounted hard buttons, infrared sensor, USB communication, Speaker.
Infrared (IR): 3 wide-dispersion high-power LEDs (range > 40 feet, sending frequency > 60 kHz, sensing frequency > 60 kHz.)
Power: While connected: USB power from PC, when not connected: 4 AAA 1.5V batteries.
Dimensions: 8.1x 2.3 x 1.3 inches
Weight: 5.8 oz
Warranty: Limited 1 year repair/exchange warranty from date of purchase.
Box contains: 659 remote control, Harmony Software Installation CD, USB cable, 4 AAA batteries, Quick Start Guide.



  • Easy to set up
  • Easy to use
  • Backlight make it easy to see at night or in a dark media room
  • Online set up remembers your configuration so if you upgrade to a different harmony remote you don't have to start from scratch.


  • Small display
  • no color display
  • No option to power on the Monster Power Center


If you want an universal remote that packed with features that is easy to set up and easy to use the Logitech Harmony 659 is an excellent choice.    

Logitech 659 remote

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Please visit the links below for past products of the month, or take a look at the reviews accessories and software pages.

Previous Products of the month can be found at the links below 2004 Accessory of the Year- Oakley Thump
Ziplinq, Fujitsu Bump case, Franklin Covey Leather Case , Motion HardTop Keyboard Diskeeper Pro, SecuriKey Pro,  GoBinder 2005 Targus Rolling Backpack, Motion Field Case & Motion Bluetooth Mobile Keyboard, Casio EX Z50, OtterBox 4600, Xhifi Speakers, Targus Jackie Leather Tote , Zen Portable Media Center , Targus Accessories , Kingston's DataTraveler® II Plus - Migo Edition & 4-GB Kingston's DataTraveler Elite  Lowepro CompuRover AW Oakley Razrwire Oakley Thump 2  Samsung V700 DIgital Camera  HP Photosmart 385   Ultimate Ears pro 5   OtterBox 7030 Rugged case, Logitech Harmony 659 Advanced universal Remote



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