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Review: Logitech Harmony Express is a universal remote for people with more money than time

The ultimate and original automation convenience is the universal remote: a simple gadget that replaces all your similar devices, turning elaborate multi-step operations into a one-button convenience. Logitech's Harmony series of remotes and hubs have offered one of the best experiences out there, but at the cost of a complex setup and maintenance process. The new Harmony Express streamlines almost everything about the experience, but I don't think that convenience is worth the sky-high price tag.

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Caavo announces Family Care, new app, and Sonos integration for its all-in-one hub, drops price to $60

The humble TV has been crying out for the right kind of innovation for a long time, but nobody seems to be able to get it right. Enter Caavo, a San Francisco startup that is currently making waves with its universal remote and entertainment hub. Today, it's introducing some new capabilities alongside a price drop.

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Harmony Express is a $250 minimal universal remote with built-in Alexa

Logitech's Harmony are the best universal remotes out there, even if their user-friendliness is questionable. It's been nearly four years since the Elite was announced, and it shows. User interfaces have evolved and so has the smart home, yet the Elite's remote and app both feel stuck in the past. So it only made sense that Logitech would announce a new remote: enter the Express.

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Get the Logitech Harmony Elite for an all-time low $220 at Amazon ($130 off MSRP)

Having a universal remote is a luxury, but one that can quickly become a necessity once you add a few electronics to your media setup and have four or five different remotes to juggle. Logitech makes the best universal remotes, and today its absolute best, the Harmony Elite, is on sale for its all-time low price of $220 (according to CamelCamelCamel).

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[Update: Fix] Harmony users are having trouble controlling volume on Sonos, Logitech is working on a fix

Logitech's Harmony universal remotes are powerful devices that let you throw away the different remotes you have for your entire entertainment center and replace them with just one. However, if you own Sonos speakers, you may have noticed an issue over the past few weeks: your Harmony remote suddenly seems unable to properly control your speaker.

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[Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Smart Control with Harmony Hub on sale for $69.99 at Best Buy & Amazon ($60 off)

If you are looking to add voice control for your TV and media console to your smart home setup then the Harmony Smart Control with the Harmony Hub is a product that you should definitely check out. With this kit you can control up to eight devices in your media center three different ways – with the remote, through Alexa, or the companion Android app. It also is compatible with some smart home devices like Sonos, Phillips Hue, and Apple TV. That's cool, and what is even cooler is that it's on sale right now for just $69.99, a whopping $60 off.

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[Deal Alert] Logitech Harmony Ultimate is $140 on Amazon ($143 off)

Well, what do we have here? Amazon has an absolutely fantastic deal on the Logitech Harmony Ultimate, a "universal remote" extraordinaire. When all of those remotes for all of your devices start multiplying, one of these comes in real handy. Tempted yet?

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Smart IR Remote Returns To The Play Store After Disappearing For Over A Month, Adds Tablet UI, And Is On Sale For 50%

Smart IR Remote has been missing from the Play Store for over a month, but now it's back, and it comes with greatly needed changes. For starters, you no longer have to purchase a separate version of the app to use it on both the Galaxy S4 and the HTC One, a deal that's bigger than you would expect considering that we're talking about two $10 purchases. And since the app is currently available for 50% off, you can get support for both smartphones for just $4.99. Not only that, it should now work with any Samsung tablet with an IR blaster, and it has a new tablet UI to boot.

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Smart IR Remote For Galaxy S4 And HTC One Is A TV Junkie's Wet Dream, But It Comes At A Premium Price

The Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One both come with IR receivers that allow them to replace your television remote. It's convenient, but that isn't necessarily true about the default apps they ship with. The HTC One's TV app tries to streamline channel surfing by placing favorite shows front and center, but it only adds clutter for someone like me who doesn't have cable television for the app to pull from. The latest update to Smart IR Remote avoids this issue and adds an assortment of other cool features, but at ten dollars, it will set you back the price of an actual universal remote.

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