I wanted to start this review with a title that captured everything, but it was simply too long: “Taking the Complexity Out of Home A/V Device & Home Automation Management with the Logitech Harmony Elite.” I’m no stranger to the Logitech Harmony remote control system (Harmony One review, Harmony Ultimate review) and each time Logitech comes out with a new version of their Harmony system, it’s yet more refined, easier to user and does even more. This time around, it is the Logitech Harmony Elite.
This is not your grandfather’s remote. You know the one, it controls one device, is complicated, buttons are oddly placed and the same size and it hard to see at night. But the Logitech Harmony Elite SHOULD be your grandfather’s remote simply because once it is set up and configured, it can pretty much do anything. We have all probably had a universal remote at some point in our lives, one that can sort of control a few devices and that you program by testing out a bunch of codes for a particular manufacturer. That method is archaic and sometimes inaccurate. Perhaps the punched in code allows you to power on something and change channels but for some reason, it doesn’t control the volume so you have to keep trying codes to find one that works.