Logitech Unveils New Harmony Ultimate and Smart Control Universal Remotes
April 16, 2013 9:33 AM
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Harmony Ultimate w/Harmony Hub
New universal remote controls from Logitech
Logitech’s Harmony line of universal remote controls are some of the most popular on the market and make it [relatively] easy to control complicated home theater systems with the push of a single button. Logitech has added two new universal remote control products to its lineup including the Harmony Ultimate and the Harmony Smart Control.
Both of those products use the new Logitech Harmony Hub and support the Harmony Smartphone App. The universal remote control system allows users to control components behind closed doors and allows built-in support for game consoles from a smartphone or universal remote.
The Harmony Hub also allows users to control the
Philips Hue LED light bulb
. That means using the Harmony Ultimate remote control you can change the brightness and color of the Philips light bulb at the press of a button.
“We’ve elevated the universal remote to the next level, taking a personalized approach to home entertainment,” said Joerg Tewes vice president of Logitech’s digital home business group at Logitech. “Furthermore, our Harmony product line is no longer just about entertainment access – we’ve designed the Logitech Harmony Ultimate so you can also control your home’s lighting. Now you can tune the TV, start a movie and adjust your lights to set the mood, with the touch of your finger.”
Logitech says that both the Ultimate and the Smart Control are compatible with more than 225,000 home entertainment devices and 5,000 different brands. The remote controls will even work with the PS3 thanks to the Bluetooth wireless technology integrated into the Harmony Hub. The Harmony Ultimate can control up to 15 different devices and has a 2.4-inch color touchscreen.
The Harmony Ultimate is expected to launch this month for $349.99. The Smart Control will be available for $129.99.
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4/16/2013 11:48:11 AM
1) You don't have kids, do you? Or are you buying a galaxy S4 for your 8 y.o. son?
2) The difference between a normal remote and an harmony is that the latter remember the state of your equipment (i.e. what's on, what's off, what input your tv is showing, etc.) Independent phones don't have that information. That's exactly what the hub does. Keep that information so you can use different smartphones, remotes, tablets, whatever to control everything. So you control activities (watching TV, watching a DVD, etc.), and not devices.
3) The ease of setup-ing everything with the harmony software cannot be overstated. No looking up codes, no finagling. What's the brand, what's the model number, boom, it works.
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