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 1:39:46 PM
The smart control at $149, which includes the hub, really interested me until I looked into it further.
It basically makes you use your smartphone to control the smarthub, and you only get a really basic remote "for when your phone isn't handy"
My wife and I both have smartphones (iPhone & SGIII) and can control our TV and WDLIVE with them... but I RARELY do because it's just not convient using a touch screen.
Insead I use my 3+ year old Logitech Harmony remote (550 or 650 I think)... it controls EVERYTHING just great. With dedicated buttons I dont have to look when making adjustments. And unlike a smartphone, I don't have to unlock the phone, turn the screen on the phone, launch an app, etc etc. I just grab the remote and go.... and leave it on the table for anyone to use.
IMHO: I think their ULTIMATE ($350...ouch!) will do just fine, but the "smart remote" at $150 will only do so so....
4/17/2013 9:51:42 AM
The only question I want to know is can the hub control the system from the internet, away from home?
It's quite annoying when I'm on the other side of the country and get a call from the wife or kids and have to spend 30min trying to figure out their problems. We do have some pretty complicated setups, but our current universal remotes do a pretty good job. But every so often, something will get out of sync, and I'll get the frantic calls that the "TV isn't working".
Having the ability to use a smartphone app to fix everything remotely would certainly be something to consider.
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