Logitech Harmony Ultimate
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Logitech Harmony Ultimate Review
Universal remote controls answer some of that need by ending the need for getting a remote control for every electronic machine or other appliance that require the use of a controller. Let us take a look at one of the more popular universal remotes currently available in the market today, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote.
Claimed by Logitech as the “most powerful Harmony ever” at the time of launch, this universal remote controls entire home theater systems, game consoles, and even Philips Hue lights. So what does the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote have to offer that makes it worth buying and, if possible, puts it more than one step ahead of other universal remote controls out there?
The first thing you’ll notice is the 2.4-inch color customizable touchscreen. Accessing the different features can be done by simply swiping or tapping on the screen, on top of its gesture-recognition capability. Its customizability allows the setup of preferred activity sequences, timing, and even device delays, among others. You can even configure shortcuts for favorite commands or those that are most frequently used. After the initial online setup, even the list of favorite channels can also be customized.
The backlit buttons allow for easy usage of this remote even in the dark. This is further reinforced by tilt sensors, which serve to automatically light up the screen display. However, it does not have keys or buttons for Forward and Reverse Skip, which is slightly off-putting for some, especially the most avid channel-surfers. They may, however, be appeased by the vibrating function, which serves as a notification that a screen button has been pressed. Most people dread having to perform online setups of remote controls and other similar devices, because it can be quite complicated. With the Harmony Ultimate, however, setup is quick and easy. Just connect it to a PC or a Mac and follow the step-by-step guide provided on the official site, myharmony.com.
As mentioned earlier, this universal remote can control home theater devices, even up to 15 devices, actually. As for compatibility issues, you’ll be relieved to hear that it is compatible with more than 225,000 of such devices. Any other difficulties encountered in switching from one device to another is also solved by Logitech’s Smart State technology, which automatically remembers the input and power settings of all devices controlled, and adjusts them accordingly. A feature that we definitely appreciate about this sleek remote from Logitech is how its commands can pass through walls and even doors. This is thanks to its Closed Cabinet Radio Frequency Control, added on top of its integrated Bluetooth, Infrared and Wi-Fi capabilities. The Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote has its own charging station or cradle; however, the rechargeable battery cannot be replaced. Despite its minor shortcomings and the slightly steep price, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote Control definitely takes pride of place in any home. It looks good, it performs well, and it can do almost everything. Best of all, it gives a lot of room for customization, giving you the ultimate convenience!
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- The Logitech Harmony Ultimate is manufactured by Logitech and was added in December 2014 in the Universal Remote Controls section
- This product has a rating of 4.0 out of 5
- The best price of the Logitech Harmony Ultimate in Canada is $199.99 at electronicsforless.ca
- In Canada this product is available in Toronto, Vancouver, Ottawa-Gatineau
- You can find this product at electronicsforless.ca
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