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Logitech Harmony Elite Alexa Echo Remote Hub Review
Logitech Harmony Elite Alexa Echo Remote Hub Review

Setting up my voice assistant to control various smart devices was fun to setup initially, though after using it for a month, it became routine. There had to be a better way to get all of my smart home devices to work in sync.

Logitech Harmony Elite Remote In Hand
Logitech Harmony Elite Remote In Hand

I then added a TCL 55” 4K HDR Smart TV with Roku. Using a basic remote control did not make sense after the investment I made into smart home gear. The logical next step was to find the best remote control that would work with my smart TV and a voice assistant. Logitech’s Harmony Elite works with everything I had and is compatible with 270,000 smart home gadgets.

Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Hub Box
Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Hub and Box

Logitech has a long track record for making simple to use devices with the power to control a wide variety of audio and visual devices. Their newest Harmony Elite speaks smart home to control home lighting. It works through walls, ceilings, and inside closed cabinets.

Disclosure: The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Logitech Harmony Elite Unboxing

    Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Overview:

  • Works with Amazon’s Alexa and Google’s Voice Assistants
  • Controls an entire home entertainment experience
  • Set the mood with lighting, a playlist, all hands-free with your voice
  • Use a color touchscreen or your voice to begin activities at home
  • Use the free Logitech app to control devices while out of the home
  • Integrated rechargeable battery pack with charging base

Logitech Harmony Elite Alexa Echo Hub Remote
Logitech Harmony Elite Alexa Echo Hub Remote

The voice assistant Alexa is great at controlling multiple smart home devices one by one. Finding out that I could control multiple devices at the same time, via playlists on my Logitech Harmony, is my favorite feature.

All I had to do was choose which smart home gadgets to include on a playlist, assign values to those that have a range of functions, like smart lights and give it a name. The next time I wanted the lights dimmed to 50% and the overhead fan turned off, was to ask my voice assistant to turn on my “Evening” playlist.

The Harmony Elite remote senses movement and back-lights each key for easier night viewing, much like laptop keyboards do when being used at night. This is my next favorite feature because finding the right button can be a guessing game with inferior remotes.

Logitech Harmony Elite Box
Logitech Harmony Elite Alexa Echo and Hub Remote

Finally, the Logitech system reduces clutter from multiple remotes on the ottoman or coffee table. Before the Harmony Elite, I had four remote controls, now I have one that controls everything.

The charging base keeps its battery topped off. I wish my TiVo remote had a rechargeable battery as I am constantly buying AAA batteries to keep it operational. The Harmony Elite’s battery lasts quite a while off of the charger base too.

Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Hub Box 2
Logitech Harmony Elite Remote Hub Box 2

I find myself bringing the supercharged remote with me upstairs at night. That way, when I head downstairs in the morning, I can put my living room in “Breakfast” mode before I get there. My smart home speaker starts playing easy listening music and lowers the fan by one third power.

The Harmony Elite effortlessly puts you in control of your smart gadgets and home entertainment system from one handy remote. With the availability of smart speakers like the MEGABLAST, also from Logitech, get clear room filling sound with a voice assistant that is always ready to put you in the center of your personalized home experience.

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