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Grant Clauser has held editor positions for several leading consumer electronics publications, including Dealerscope, E-Gear, and Electronic House, and he has written for Sound & Vision, Big Picture Big Sound, Consumer Digest, and others.He’s reviewed hundreds of products, including some of the first universal remotes.

Two of the key features that put the Harmony 650 above the competitors are an easy-to-read, backlit, color display and a built-in Remote Assistant function for troubleshooting.

The display tells you what activity mode you’re in (such as Watch TV, Watch Blu-ray, and Listen to CD) and also displays icons for your favorite channels, so you don’t have to remember the channel number every time you want to watch Sy Fy.

If it weren’t for the lack of a backlight, this would make an economical remote for bedroom TVs (where you are almost certainly in the dark).

Sixty-five years after Zenith introduced the first TV remote control, it seems we’re still waiting for someone to perfect one, but the 650 and Companion are as close as you can get today without spending several hundred dollars.

If a color LCD screen doesn’t impress you, and you want to save about two plain pizza’s worth of money, the Logitech Harmony 350 is your remote.

It can control all the same devices with the same amount of skill as the 650, but it’s not backlit, and it lacks the handy help feature built into the 650.

If you’re looking for an easy-to-use universal remote to control up to eight devices, we recommend the Logitech Harmony 650.

It’s the best option for most people looking to simplify the operation of their home theater or media system.

A good universal remote not only eliminates coffee table clutter and the remote shuffle but also eliminates button pushes by combining multiple actions into one button press.

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