The Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Control is an expensive bit of gadgetry, but it’s been out long enough now that you can grab it at a heavily discounted rate on some of the Amazon sale days.
If you’ve not used something like this before the idea is that it’ll replace all your remotes and apps for smart devices, you use the companion app or remote to control everything in your house.
There isn’t much to the hub, it has some ports on the back for power and the IR blaster extenders. The hub itself is an IR blaster and with the extenders you get great coverage. All my kit is inside a cabinet and I’ve no problems using this.
Older versions of these sorts of remotes often required you to plug the remote into your PC, however this version makes use of a mobile app and while setup can take a while it’s well worth it putting the time in as you’ll end up with a range of activities that take a single press to activate a range of devices, for example press watch TV and the TV, amp and Tivo turn on with the amp set to the correct input.
My TV is fairly old so doesn’t have a dedicated Netflix button, but this wasn’t a problem as I found I could create a sequence of commands that means when I press the Netflix activity the hub fires out commands for menu, right, down, down, select, which is the sequence I’d have to do manually to get to Netflix.
This sort of activity can be a bit hit and miss, sometimes it works perfectly, other times if a command is missed for some reason you end up doing things manually again.
The other area that’s more hit than miss has been voice control via Alexa, either using the Echo or Dot. You’ll ask for a certain activity or function and sometimes it’ll work, but often not. It’s very frustrating so I just use the remote/mobile app instead.
However overall I’ve been very happy with it, it was worth grabbing during the sale but I’m not sure I’d have been as impressed had I purchased it full price.
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Logitech Harmony Elite Enhanced Universal Remote Control for SKY, Apple TV, fireTV, Alexa, Roku, Netflix, Sonos and Smart Home, Easy Set-Up, App and Hub, LG/Samsung/Sony/Hisense/Xbox/PS4 - Black
£248.95 in stock
9 used from £129.11
- Pre-installed Devices : Harmony Elite works with over 270,000 entertainment and smart home devices so you can enjoy single-touch control with your favourite brands, right out of the box; If you don't see your device, just add it
- Custom Activities : Create unlimited one-touch or time-triggered activities that group devices into custom experiences; Press the Watch TV button and your TV, cable or satellite set top box, and sound bar turn on, each with just the right settings
- Multiple household functions : This smart remote control allows you to operate popular home control devices such as lights, locks and thermostats, control them as you need them or set a schedule
- Harmony Mobile App : The Harmony mobile app turns smartphones and tablets into full-featured remote controls; Everyone in the house can download the Harmony app to turn their iOS or Android device into a personal remote control, complete with their own set of favourite channels and one-touch Activities
- Harmony Hub : The included Harmony Hub relays signals from the remote or mobile app to your devices, so you don’t have to point your remote at the device; You can control devices inside closed cabinets, through walls and even when you’re away from home
Logitech Harmony Elite Advanced TV and Home Entertainment Remote Control, Hub and App, Works with Alexa + Fire TV Stick 4K, Black
- This bundle includes the Fire TV Stick 4K and the Logitech Harmony Elite Advanced TV and Home Entertainment Remote Control
- Unlimited Activities - Lower the blinds, dim the lights, fire-up the TV for movie night—all with a tap of the finger.
- Harmony Hub - Centralizes command of all your devices by controlling them with IR, Wi-Fi or Bluetooth wireless signals
- The most powerful streaming media stick with a new Wi-Fi antenna design optimized for 4K Ultra HD streaming.
- Launch and control all your favourite movies and TV shows with the next-generation Alexa Voice Remote. Use the dedicated power, volume and mute buttons to control your compatible TV, soundbar and receiver.