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Logitech outdoes itself with new home theater gear

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The Hub is the greatest addition to the Harmony family to date. It's a game changer for the user-programmable remote space, and it's what the Harmony Link should've been. The price isn't crazy, but it's not exactly a great value either. So while we do recommend the Hub to anyone with a compatible smartphone, the solution is far from perfect. First off, we wish it weren't limited to IR and Bluetooth -- but we've been saying that for years. Two-way control options would greatly enhance the user experience, as would a faster and more reliable protocol.

The other item at the top of our wish list is a documented network API for third parties to interface with the Hub. The included apps are great and all, but there are lots of other solid applications out there that could really enhance our home theater experience, if they only had some control over our living room. This would also make it possible for other home automation controllers to integrate with the equipment. So no, this isn't the home theater control solution we've been dreaming of, but at the very least, it's a big step forward.

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Engadget Jul 5, 2013

It's a game changer for the user-programmable remote space, and it's what the Harmony Link should've been. The price isn't crazy, but it's not exactly a great value either. So while we do recommend the Hub to anyone with a compatible smartphone, the solution is far from perfect.

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8.0
PC Mag May 24, 2013

If you want the sleekest, most powerful universal remote available with as much flexibility as possible, the Harmony Ultimate is the controller to go with and is our Editors' Choice for universal remotes.

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7.0
CNET Jul 30, 2013

Despite its high price and a handful of drawbacks, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate is an impressive, feature-rich universal remote that's well worth the investment, particularly if you have a lot of components in your system.

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7.0
TechHive Aug 23, 2013

Whether with or without your smartphone as the remote, the latest Harmony Hub line represents a great improvement over its predecessor, and a worthy alternative to traditional IR-based universal remotes—especially in locations where Wi-Fi network interference isn’t a big problem.

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Expert Reviews Jul 19, 2013

There's almost every feature you could want from a universal remote control here, as well as an easy-to-use interface and gorgeous design. It’s expensive, but if your home cinema setup is comprised of lots of components and you’re running out of space, it could be a worthwhile addition.

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