Logitech has just announced its new expansion line-up of Harmony remote controls for 2013—the Ultimate and Smart Control. Both products come packaged with Logitech's Harmony Hub and Smartphone App.
The Logitech Harmony Ultimate sports a 2.4-inch color touchscreen with a swipe- and tap-controlled menu. It provides a vibration-feedback feature so the user knows the hub has received your commands—a feature exclusive to the Ultimate remote. There is also a tilt sensor, and buttons are programmable for both short and long presses, doubling the buttons' functionality.
Logitech's plan for its 2013 line-up was to step it up a notch in terms of personalization, and the Harmony Hub allows for more flexibility when storing source devices in a cabinet. Because the Harmony Ultimate uses Bluetooth technology, it provides a much more accurate and reliable mode of transmission to the hub. Harmony remotes are compatible with more than 225,000 home-entertainment devices and more than 5000 brands. Included in these devices are both the PS3 and the Wii since they both communicate using Bluetooth.
This year, Logitech has included integration with Philips Hue lights in the list of compatible devices. For anyone wanting to bring their home theater to next level, you can now tune the TV, start a movie, and adjust your lights to set the desired mood, all with the touch of one button.
For those who love to use smart phones or tablets as a remote, Logitech has introduced the Harmony Smart Control. The kit includes the Harmony Hub, Smartphone App, and a basic hard-button remote. The app turns your smart phone or tablet into a universal remote supporting up to eight devices. If your smart phone or tablet is not nearby, the Smart Control remote is included for added convenience. The system is limited to only eight devices, as opposed to the Ultimate, which can support up to 15 devices.
The Harmony Ultimate is expected to ship in April 2013 and retail for $350. As for the Harmony Smart Control, it is expected to be released a month later, May 2013 with a suggested retail price of $130. The app will be available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.
What do you think about the new remotes?