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.

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Harmony Ultimate and Smart Hub review: Logitech outdoes itself with new remotes

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.

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
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Model

Key Specs

Form factor
Bar
Programmable
yes

General

Form factor
Bar
Number of hard buttons
20
Navigation type
D-pad
Programmable
yes (Direct / codes) (yes)

Display

Display
yes

Communication

Wireless type
Infrared, Bluetooth, RF / radio
WiFi
yes (802.11b, 802.11g, 802.11n) (WEP, WPA, WPA2)

Receiver / bridge

Receiver / bridge (included)
yes

Power

Charging base
yes