Logitech Harmony Link
Turning your iPad or iPhone into a universal remote control isn't a new idea, but we had high hopes that Logitech could do it right, given the company's excellent line of Harmony remotes. The Logitech Harmony Link ($100) goes one step further with its iPad app, by integrating the full listings of your local TV providers and letting you browse shows with a slick interface, rather than the clunky grid your cable company offers up.
While the Harmony Link gets a lot right (such as including Harmony's activity-based buttons like "Watch TV"), its limitations hold you back from what you really want to do: browse and set recordings from your iPad rather than your DVR's interface. There are also inherent problems with using a touch interface instead of physical buttons, and you'll find yourself constantly looking at the screen to do even simple tasks like adjusting the volume. Until the Logitech Harmony Link can integrate more deeply with DVRs like the apps available from cable companies themselves, buyers are better off sticking with the traditional line of Harmony remotes for their "one remote to control them all" solution.
September 30, 2011 2:29 PM PDT
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