Review: Logitech Harmony Hub brings universal remote control to the future

Where to buy

At a Glance

The Harmony Smart Control offers all the advantages of the stand-alone Hub, plus adds an RF-based hardware remote that isn’t subject to Wi-Fi outages. But the remote is very basic and doesn’t offer all the controls in the mobile apps.

Price when rated: $130
Lowest price: $140.00 via Sears.com

Pros

  • Provides all the advantages of the stand-alone Hub
  • RF-based hardware remote isn't subject to Wi-Fi outages
  • Doesn't require line of sight

Cons

  • Remote is very basic and doesn’t offer all the controls in the mobile apps
 Compare
Where to buy

At a Glance

The Harmony Hub lets you control hundreds of thousands of IR- and Bluetooth home entertainment devices from a Wi-Fi connected smartphone-as long as the Wi-Fi is reliable.

Price when rated: $100
Lowest price: $140.00 via Sears.com

Pros

  • Intuitive universal remote UI works with Android and iOS apps over your Wi-Fi network
  • Doesn't require line of sight

Cons

  • Wi-Fi outages can interrupt access
 Compare
Where to buy

At a Glance

If you've got a spare $350 to spend on a universal remote, the Harmony Ultimate delivers intuitive and reliable RF-based access to hundreds of thousands of IR and Bluetooth home entertainment devices.

Price when rated: $350
Lowest price: $350.00 via Dell Home

Pros

  • Offers an intuitive universal remote UI
  • Reliable RF-based touchscreen remote avoids line-of-site requirement

Cons

  • Outrageously expensive
 Compare

Subscribe to the Now Playing Newsletter

Comments

Close

The $13 Xiaomi Mi Band proves activity-tracking wearables have hit rock bottom

Jul 24, 2014 3:00 AM

Cheapo fitness trackers. Healbe's dubious GoBe wristband. The mythical iWatch now named... iTime? Jon Phillips takes them all on in Episode 10 of Wearables Right or Wrong?

READ THE RELATED ARTICLE:<

The $13 Xiaomi Mi Band proves activity-tracking wearables have hit rock bottom

Greenbot Top Android stories
from our new site, Greenbot
20 great replacements for your iPhone’s default apps

Subscribe to the Now Playing Newsletter

By submitting your email address you are consenting to receive email notifications from IDG. You may withdraw your consent at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for more information.
See All Newsletters »