Logitech Harmony Smart Control ($100, Amazon, Best Buy)
Logitech Harmony Smart Control (read review)
The Harmony Smart Control is Logitech's most affordable RF-capable universal remote, meaning you can forget about that pesky "line of sight" issue that plagues infrared-based remotes. Use the included simple remote (right) or any iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, or Android phone -- interchangeably -- to control your home theater setup, with the control pod (left) passing on the commands. Normally, this unit retails for $130, but both Amazon and Best Buy are selling it for just under $100.
- Overall score: 7.8 (3.5 stars)
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Starting at: $99.99
The good: The Logitech Harmony Smart Control is a unique universal-remote system that makes it possible to control eight devices -- including the PS3 and Wii -- using your iPhone or Android phone or the included simple remote, which communicates with the included Harmony Hub. The remote is remarkably light and thin, and operates via RF, rather than IR, so you don't need line-of-sight to your components. Harmony's activity-based buttons offer a single button for functions like "Watch TV."
The bad: Harmony's setup can take a lot of initial work and requires some tech savvy. The included remote only has three dedicated activity buttons, which isn't enough for many home theaters. And the option to control your devices via a smartphone is cool, but not really that useful. There aren't any dedicated tablet control apps, either.
The bottom line: The Logitech Harmony Smart Control combines RF functionality and smartphone control in an affordable universal-remote package, but the complexity of the initial setup will burden some buyers.
December 2, 2013 7:34 AM PST
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| Caption by: John P. Falcone, David Katzmaier
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