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Logitech Unveils New ‘Harmony Ultimate Hub’ Universal Remote System for iOS

Logitech Unveils New ‘Harmony Ultimate Hub’ Universal Remote System for iOS

In today’s modern living rooms, most households fill their entertainment centers with a staggering variety of devices, from surround sound systems, to Roku boxes or Apple TVs, DVD and Blu-Ray players, and more – not including the actual television itself. Universal remotes can be a great way to handle this – but why have a second device when your iPhone is far more powerful than any universal remote on the planet?

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That’s where Logitech’s new Harmony® Ultimate Hub comes in – a great new app-controlled accessory that turns your iPhone into your own private universal remote, complete with all of your own customized settings.

From the Logitech Blog:

[…] Today, we’re excited to announce that the Logitech Harmony® Ultimate Hub – an appcessory that turns your smartphone into a powerful, personal universal remote – will be available for purchase as a standalone product.

As you may know, the Harmony Hub is included with the Logitech Harmony Ultimate and Logitech Harmony Smart Control, our two newest universal remotes. However, with the standalone Harmony Ultimate Hub, everyone in the house will be able to download the free Harmony Smartphone App, and turn their smartphone into a personal universal remote. You’ll be able to customize activities and choose your own set of favorite channels icons for your very own experience.

The device even supports unique custom Macros (which they call “Activities”), allowing you to easily perform multiple actions at once with a single tap.  The hub has previously been available through Logitech’s Ultimate and Harmony Smart Control packages – but this is the first time it has been offered as a standalone app-enabled product for smartphones.

So, when can you get your hands one one? According to the release, the hub will launch in both Europe and the U.S. this August, and will retail for $99. For more information, visit Logitech’s product page on the web.

  1. Brian M. Monroe says:

    This sounds great in theory but the product that this is replacing (Logitech Harmony Link) was badly designed and required a consistant connection to Logitech’s servers to operate as the settings where not stored in the device itself. Lets hope that this device does not have that limitation. I will wait to see what others have to say about this before I purchase or recommend this device.

    1. Really? I find that both strange and interesting. I’m going to try getting one of these for review to check that out for myself and our readers.

      1. Brian M. Monroe says:

        Yes. Thats what I read when I was doing some research in to the Harmony Link where there where users that where pissed that was the design decision by Logitech along with not getting the best support from them. Personally I love Logitech’s products but have not really had to call them for support as what support do you need on a keyboard or mouse. Either it works or it does not as the base drivers are baked in to all OS’s.

        Please do get one of these and I will love to hear what your experience with this device is. Make sure you try this on iOS (iPad and iPhone) as that is where most users are going to get this are. This is what I see from my clients that would be the market for something like this as it will be the upper income people who will have multiple devices and be willing to spend the extra money on a universal remote/home theatre setup.

        Also, iOS is a lot more uniform so any tests will be more relevant to more people than any fork of Android.

  2. MRonin ⚜ says:

    This would solve so much hassle if it works sans the issues noted previously. I’ll definatley be interested in a hands on review.

    1. Brian M. Monroe says:

      I agree. If it works well then the market is there. The thing is that it does have to be reliable.

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