Product Review: Harmony Ultimate by Logitech
Price Range: $350 – $360
Who Would Buy The Harmony Ultimate: Those looking for the ultimate universal remote that will control an entire home entertainment system behind cabinet doors and walls.
The Harmony Ultimate was designed to be the most powerful and most customizable universal remote available. The ability to control up to 15 devices along with features like, one-touch activity sequences and device delays, Tap and Swipe color touch screen to switch between movies, TV, music, and games, it’s safe to say Logitech has achieved their goal. This universal remote just may be the last one you’ll ever need.
To start with, I bought the Ultimate after my daughter dropped my Harmony Touch one too many times. Now that she’s older, and less destructive, I felt confident that this remote wouldn’t suffer the same fate. So what about Harmony’s new universal remote? Seriously… the Ultimate will be the last remote you’ll ever need.
The Ultimate has the ability to map multiple activities. This feature really comes in handy when turning everything off at night. Also, because the remote is RF, it doesn’t need to be pointed at the device. This again is great for multiple reasons, but my favorite is that I can hit the power button and walk away and all my devices will shut off.
The Layout is a lot like the Touch. It has a bright touch screen in the middle of the unit with back-lit physical buttons above it and below it. You can customize up to 50 channels for quickly getting to the shows you want. It also recognizes gestures, so I can just swipe away anywhere on the screen to channel surf.
The touchscreen also features an on-screen number pad as well as an Activity Menu. The Activity Menu feature is where I select what device I want to use at the press of a button, and to me, is what makes the Harmony Ultimate the ultimate universal remote. A remote that allows you to control all of your audio, video and game devices, they definitely picked an appropriate name for it.
The Ultimate also comes with a Hub that transmits the control signal to both IR and Bluetooth. All of my devices are behind a cabinet, and this bad boy has no problems getting the signal where it needs to be. I put the hub in the cabinet with my Blu-ray player, stereo receiver and game consoles, and there’s no additional lag. Harmony also has an app that will turn your smartphone into a remote. Haven’t used this feature yet, but I’m sure for those who always have phone in hand this would be one of their favorites.
The setup was fast and painless. I just followed the online instructions, connected the Hub via Wi-Fi and that’s it. Plus, all the future updates are automatically received through the hub via Wi-Fi. And the Ultimate comes with a charging station that keeps it constantly charged. No more batteries. Enough said.
None so far – but I’ll keep you posted.
One Year Limited Hardware Warranty
Value for money?
The Harmony Ultimate is truly one of those products that once you own it, you’ll ask yourself how you ever lived without it. I still look at my wife and smile every time I use it. For a universal remote that replaces up to 15 separate remotes, is loaded with so many usable features, and will never need batteries… it’s definitely worth every penny I spent on it.
Where to buy
Amazon.com is the best place I’ve found to buy the Harmony Ultimate. They have the best price and on top of that, their customer service is second to none.