Best Buy Review by Nelix2
Harmony Elite with Harmony Hub work seamlessly
Please bear in mind I have not explored all the capabilities of the Harmony and Elite and Harmony Hub.
I have owned the Harmony Elite Universal Remote control bundled with the Harmony Hub for a few weeks. I have been setting up a cabinet so all AV, computer and peripherals will be out of sight and the Harmony Hub with it’s built in IR blaster, in combination with the 2 IR mini blasters supplied, will is able to control all my devices (including my 5 port HDMI hub) without line of sight since the remote uses my wi-fi network to send commands to the hub.
I originally purchased just a Harmony Hub figuring control of the hub via the Harmony app on my IOS devices would be fine. Well I was wrong. The Harmony app for iPhone and iPad is well designed but using them provides no tactile feedback and unless your brain/finger and recall where each button is on the mobile device screen you must constantly refer back to the screen for buttons presses. Add to the fact that a touch screen is not as accurate at buttons you press (as on the Elite remote) and the power drain on the IOS devices while using the Harmony app I bit the bullet and purchased the Elite Remote which is bundled with a hub and 2 mini IR blasters.
If you have never owned Harmony remote controllers set up of the remote require you set up a free online account at Logitech Harmony which you use to add devices which you wish to control and activities to your control system. It is simple to use. Harmony has a large database of AV, home automation and peripheral devices so remote setup is a matter of following the prompts for device type, brand and model which will be recalled in your profile. If you encounter a device that is not in their database it can be setup using the learning function.
The Elite remote does not have to be pointed at either the Harmony Hub or any equipment you wish to control. I hands and find the feel of the remote good in my hand. Some have commented that it is a bit unbalanced since the battery compartment is enclosed in the lower half of the unit but I have not found this an issue for me.
The elite remote has a good assortment of direct access tactile buttons on it including several for controlling Philips Hue lighting system or other home automation devices.
The touch screen is sharp and easy to read. The spacing between commands lines on the touch screen is just fine for my larger fingers. Feedback of selected commands is provided by a vibration device built into the remote and prompts and help can be displayed on the touch screen for assistance if you wish.
Selecting an activity (i.e.: “Watch TV”) turns on the equipment you have programmed for that activity as well as selecting the appropriate inputs for any given device. Note that you can include automatic control of automated lighting, blinds and more to be activated with that single request to “Watch TV”.
For those with bluetooth controlled Sony Playstation the Harmony system can transmit bluetooth commands to that device.
There are Harmony blogs and forums for those who wish to really get into complicated system setup or just wish to learn more about the Harmony system and it’s capabilities and limitations.
I have owned 2 Harmony remote controllers in years past but none came close to the capabilities of this new system.