Logitech releases new remote…if you want to call it that

Sorry but this is just terrible and a huge step backwards for universal remotes. It reminds me of the AppleTV remote (which is the worst currently). Voice is a great augmentation to controls but honestly not much use, beyond turning stuff on or finding a video. This remote is missing way to many buttons and is way too small to be functional. I really liked the last gen harmony smart peanut remote with hub. Caavo is looking nice but the lack of Dobly Vision, is a no go in my house. DV and HDR is what makes 4k amazing to me and if a device doesn’t support it,I am not adding it. (Everything passes through Caavo, which to me is the wrong direction for a remote). I agree with Zats on this one

Harmony Express diminutive proportions belie its expense, running a fairly lofty $250. And, whereas most Harmonies rely on buttons and/or screens to control scenes and devices, the primary Express interface is voice – via Alexa, visualized by a spiffy Alexa-hued light ring embedded within the directional pad. However, voice makes a nice enhancement, a way to augment existing control … but certainly isn’t efficient for each and every activity. Source

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I don’t want to yell at my TV, to make it do stuff, anyway :).

Seriously though, I only use voice control to turn things on. It’s disruptive to the experience to engage with your remote in that way while watching or listening to something.


I’m with you on this one. The last good remote Harmony put out was the Harmony One, IMHO. I actually own the Ultimate One, but it sits in the charging cradle and never gets used. I don’t like the favorite channel list in lieu of individual numerical buttons that allow you to punch in a channel directly. I really hate voice activated remotes like the ones that come with my Shield or my Samsung TVs. There used to be a time if they caught you talking to your TV they would call the men in the white coats with the butterfly net to come take you away.