At $150 the new Harmony Home Control may seem a bit steep for a universal remote, but its combination of easier setup and well-implemented control make it well worth the money for people with complex home theater systems.
The new $150 universal remote system swaps a standard clicker for a full-size keyboard, letting you type directly into devices like the Apple TV, Xbox One, PS3, Mac/PC computers, and Roku boxes.
Despite its high price and a handful of drawbacks, the Logitech Harmony Ultimate is an impressive, feature-rich universal remote that's well worth the investment, particularly if you have a lot of components in your system.
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