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Logitech Unveils a New Remote for Controlling Your Smart Home

by Jacob Kleinman | September 17, 2014September 17, 2014 9:00 pm PST

The dream of an automated house has been around for decades, but in the past few years we’ve finally started to see major companies push products like smart refrigerators and app-controlled air conditioners that finally make that dream a reality. If you’re stocking up on smart appliances you’ll need an easy way to manage all those gadgets, and Logitech’s new Harmony remote makes it easy to do just that without even leaving the couch.

Logitech’s Harmony Ultimate Home remote packs a 2.4-inch color touch-screen that you can use to control all of your smart gadgets and appliances throughout the house. Of course you can also use it with your TV and it will even let you manage up to 15 entertainment devices. The new remote is available now from Logitech for $349.99 and comes in black or white variants.

If that price is a turn off, Logitech is also offering a cheaper Harmony remote without a touchscreen for just $149.99. It offers physical buttons instead of a touchscreen and lets you control all your home automation devices and just eight entertainment gadgets. The remote also works with a smartphone app, so you’ll still have access to touchscreen controls if you need them.

Filling out Logitech’s smart home remote lineup is the Harmony Home Hub, which syncs up all your smart appliances and comes free with either remote. You can also opt to buy just the hub for $99.99 and pair it with a smartphone app. Finally, the company is offering a hub extender that lets you control even more devices including lights, locks, sensors and your garage door for $129.99.

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Jacob Kleinman

Jacob Kleinman has been working as a journalist online and in print since he arrived at Wesleyan University in 2007. After graduating, he took a...