Harmony 670 Universal Remote Control Reviewed

Harmony 670 Universal Remote Control Reviewed

Though it doesn't have the full-color LCD that its bigger brothers have, the 670 from Harmony has plenty of features to justify its price. Like many other Harmony remotes, it can control up to 15 devices. Ken Taraszka pushes some backlit buttons.

harmony_670_remote.jpgThe Harmony 670 is an updated version of one of the original Harmony remotes, the 659. Coming in at just under $150, it is easily in reach of even the most modest of home theater fans. Harmony didn't skimp on this remote, though it doesn't have some of the glitz of the higher-end models, such as the touch screen or color LCD display. The 670 has a smaller black and white LCD display that can have up to six additional functions on it, in addition to all the hard buttons the 670 sports. Four macro buttons sweep along the top. 

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Three are Watch TV, Watch a Movie and Listen to Music. The fourth allows you to access more activities, which show up on the LCD display.

The 670 can control up to 15 different components and is fully backlit for use in a dark home theater. The LCD panel allows for up to six extra buttons per page for each device or activity, providing all the control you could ever need. While Harmony has the largest database in the world of IR codes, should they not have your device, the remote is capable of learning IR codes from the original remote.


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High Points
• The Harmony 670 is a highly affordable and functional remote in the market today.
• Large backlit buttons are easy to see in dark environments

• Capable of learning IR codes
• Ergonomic shape makes the remote easy to handle
• Long battery life

Low Points
• No RF support
• No rechargeable batteries or docking station
• Black and white LCD display

Conclusion
While not as flashy as some of the new remotes in the Harmony stable, the 670 is a competent controller, and one easily capable of handling large, complicated systems. Sure, you'll need to replace the batteries from time to time, but the battery life is measured in months, so that really isn't a big deal. It lacks some of the coolness factor of its big brothers, but for the money, this is a great remote and one to seriously consider if cost is a limiting factor. It's cheaper, but still has all the power of its bigger siblings.

Additional Resources
• Read remote reviews from brands like Monster, URC, Pronto, Crestron, Harmony, Control4 and many others.

• Read more Harmony Remote Reviews here.

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