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

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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
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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
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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: $345.00 via Amazon.com

Pros

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

Cons

  • Outrageously expensive
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