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Logitech Harmony Home Hub

Logitech Harmony Home Hub

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Unless this also comes with the remote that's a pretty bad price, these are routinely 70-80 including the remote
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Well no, it isn't the same, that much is obvious. Comparisons to previous iterations are fine and all, but the product listed here is the same as the product I linked, which is cheaper than what it sells for. It doesn't actually matter how much similar you think it is, those are the facts.
Amazon has the hub, remote, and an Echo Dot for $130 right now: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01MEI0QXU (don't be mislead by the first photo; the hub is included, as the description and images further down the page indicate). It's actually cheaper to get it with the Echo Dot than just the remote and hub.
If you want just the hub and Echo Dot, it's $90: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B071GLW7SW
Didn't they just discontinue the hubs and don't support them anymore?
I've used one of these Logitech Smart hubs for about a year. One of my best home purchases ever. With my phone and tablet, I control a couple TVs, amps, a DAC, along with some lights and even a big oscillating fan. One thing to know is that Logitech is discontinuing support for their older Smart Hubs (the circular ones) in March 2018. You'll need to buy the newer hub like this one.
Logitech is a great company. Their warranty service is second to none. I had the sensor in my Logitech G700s go bad after 2 years and they sent me a new one no questions asked and I didn't even have to return the old one.
As for everyone that is going to cry about the Harmony Link outrage. First off this isn't it, second they changed tune and are now giving every Harmony Link owner the Hub for free so I don't see any issue to moan about.
Also right now you would be saving about 20 bucks on this at the lowest tier. I think it would be worth it to just but the elite control + hub combo for like 260ish
I've been using a Harmony Hub and Companion remote for over a year and it greatly simplified our home theater setup. We went from 4 separate remotes (TV, cable box, receiver, Roku) to a single slim and simple remote that intelligently swaps button mappings automatically to control the devices we want based on what input we chose. It's very simple to set up through the smartphone app or on a computer and Logitech's database of devices it supports is absurdly large. You put in the model number of your device (TV, cable box, receiver, etc.) and it pulls in info about how many inputs/outputs it has, what channels your cable provider offers, and a ton of other information that seriously takes the headache out of setting up this sort of home theater automation.
t's easy to set up "activities" for things like "watch HBO" that allow you to turn on your TV and cable box (and receiver if you use one), select the appropriate inputs, and even change the channel all with just the press of a button. Use a Roku? How about a "watch Netflix" activity that turns on the TV and Roku and launches the Netflix channel. The hub remembers what devices are turned on and off and can switch activities on the fly, so you can go from Sunday Night Football to Netflix and chill and the hub will just switch inputs without needing to power-cycle the TV in between.
It also integrates with Google Home and Alexa, though I've only used Google Home. The basic integration with Google Home is clunky - "Hey Google, ask Harmony to watch TV". But with a little IFTTT magic you can set custom hotwords to trigger activities and even include custom responses from the Google Assistant. Suddenly, you're asking "Hey Google, turn on ESPN" and BAM! Google replies "Sure thing! Turning on ESPN" and your TV, cable box, and receiver click on and the channel number for ESPN gets typed in on the screen automatically to change the channel for you. You can also use the Google Assistant on and Android phone to control the hub by voice if you do not have a Google Home or Amazon Echo.
If you're looking to simplify your home theater setup for under $100 you cannot buy a better product. It works with newer devices over WiFi/Bluetooth and older devices with infrared blasters built into the hub (additional IR blasters can be plugged in to reach further away devices or devices in an enclose cabinet). If you're looking at this and hovering over that Join Drop button I would suggest also looking into getting a Companion remote to pair with this unit as this drop is for the hub alone which will need to be controlled through the app on a smartphone or using a smart assistant as outlined above. The Companion remote is usually $30 and works perfectly with this hub. An old Harmony Remote you might have lying around cannot be used to control this hub.
They are bricking these in March! Seriously MD?
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It is very possible that Logitech shuts support off in the future. Logitech has said that over 40x more people are using this new Harmony hub compared to the old Harmony Link so even though this is a much newer device it is wildly more popular. It's a shame to see a company shut down support for an old device but it's always going to be a risk as more and more devices are dependent on online connectivity for configuration and updates.
I will say, however, that the Hub is a very worthy successor to the Link. This new model has much more robust connectivity options for newer devices. The older Link was a puck-shaped IR blaster that had to be controlled with the smartphone app whereas the newer Hub added support to also controlling devices over Bluetooth and WiFi and works with Logitech's Companion remotes. It can also talk to many popular home automation hubs (SmartThings, Wink, etc.) to control other smart devices such as lights, switches, and plugs.
Additionally, Logitech is giving a free Harmony Hub to everyone who owns a Harmony Link so they can upgrade their system. It took significant backlash for them to offer this but its at least good to see that the company is owning up to it and doing the right thing after people complained.
RMaxim
Well that's good news. I hadn't heard of the free upgrade to hub. Okay MD, as you were
Also, not a fantastic price at $80. Have seen it on sale for $70 with one of Logitech's simpler remotes included...
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to each their own lol all I know is that I don't like the Romer-G switches on some of their gaming keyboards
Their sim controllers are far from the best, stateside you can do far better for racing wheels with Thrustmaster at the same price, Fanatec with a fair bit of dosh etc. On the flight side, they bought out Saitek and at current have done nothing other than rebrands with them, however time will see what other products come from them. Madcatz ran Saitek product quality into the ground so I still can't recommend something from them until Logitech brings out something new.
But again, far from the best.