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Logitech Harmony Ultimate

Logitech Harmony Ultimate

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83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

The Hub is the greatest addition to the Harmony family to date. While it's still not the remote we dream of, it's easily the best user-programmable option available.

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Pros
  • Keeps physical and smartphone remotes in sync
  • High-quality hardware, easy to program
  • More reliable macros than hand-held IR remote
Cons
  • Relies mostly on IR, which is slow and unreliable
  • Programming options aren't as expansive as we'd like
  • No API for third-party app compatibility
83 Engadget Score
There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.
83

There's a lot to like about this in spite of a few flaws.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

83
 

User Reviews

50
Xhale
A disappointing product with a lot of problems. - Engadget
30
mbairhead
Just bad. The button locations suck, the battery life is poor and the IR emitter...read more
90
KojakWeb
Almost the perfect remote, save for a few issues:Fewer physical buttons than...read more
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Score Breakdown

 
85
Average Critic Score
Product Review
Engadget
The new Ultimate remote (aka the Touch Plus) is last year's Touch remote with a few refinements, including the addition of a trigger-like nub on the underside to improve grip.
 
80
PC Mag
If you can get past the price tag, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate is the most powerful, simplest universal remote you can get.
 
80
Engadget
The ability to press buttons for varying periods of time to trigger different functions makes up for the lack of quantity, to a certain degree, but it does make the whole thing feel less intuitive.
 
100
Expert Reviews
Without going down the custom install route, this is one of the best ways to have complete control over your home cinema setup
 
80
CNET
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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