Logitech - Harmony Smart Control - Black

Voice Compatible
This Logitech Harmony 915-000194 smart control lets you use your compatible Apple® iPhone®, iPod® touch or iPad® or Android device to control up to 8 components for simple, multifunction use.

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Overview

What's Included


  • Harmony Hub
  • IR mini blaster
  • Logitech Harmony Smart Control
  • Owner's manual
  • Remote with battery
  • USB cable, AC adapter

Ratings & Reviews


Overall Customer Rating:
90% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (2605 out of 2907)

Features


Compatible with select Bluetooth 3.0-enabled devices

Including Apple iPad, iPhone and iPod touch with an iOS 5.0 or later operating system, and Wi-Fi-enabled Android mobile phones with an Android 2.3 or later operating system.

Harmony Hub and app (download required)

Turn your mobile device into a Harmony remote, so you can enjoy personalized control of up to 8 compatible A/V components, even through cabinet doors and walls.

Works with more than 5,000 brands and more than 225,000 devices

Including game consoles, such as PlayStation 3, Nintendo Wii and Xbox 360, for wide-ranging control options.

50 favorite channel icons and volume and media playback functions

Enable one-touch control of your entertainment system.

Works with Alexa and Google Home

Voice control your home and entertainment. Tell Alexa or Google Assistant to turn on Netflix, dim the lights, play music, check traffic, order food, adjust the thermostat, and much more.

System requirements

Windows XP, Vista, 7 and 8 and Mac OS X 10.5 or later.

Apple, the Apple logo and iTunes are trademarks of Apple Computer, Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. iPod is a trademark of Apple Computer, Inc.

iPad is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.3 out of 5 stars with 2904 reviews

90%of customers would recommend this to a friend

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great new direction for Logitech

    Posted
    Suoipoc

    So this is my fifth Harmony Remote. (880,890,ONE, Ultimate) Up untill this point, the 800 series was by far my favorite. I was not a fan of the ONE, and the Touch/Ultimate, I returned two days after opening it. (LOTs of issues with that remote, but others have written novels on that subject.) I was relieved when I set up the Smart Control, and it worked as advertised. Logitech got everything right. Dual assigned buttons, no screen (I'll expand on why this is a plus later), tons of customization with the app. Where they went wrong was two fold, the system has an IR repeater so that you can set up behind a closet, or cabinet, which would normally be a good thing, the problem is two fold. A. They only have two outputs for the IR extenders, and they only give you one to plug in. B. The standard IR jack size is 3.5 mm (headphone jack size). It is what they have always used, and now it is 2.5. Because I have been a Logitech fan for years, I already have my system setup with the IR cords and repeaters, so it should have been an easy swap, take the new one out of the box, plug into existing IR system and move on with life, unfortunately, I had to purchase 2.5 to 3.5 mm adapters, and then two headphone jack splitrers, to plug in the existing four cables I have running my setup. Now this is not a big deal, which is why I didn't take any stars off. Finally, why not having a screen is a blessing. My first two remotes 880 and 890 would still be with me today if not for the screens. first one took a trip to the floor with the dogs tail and shattered the LCD, the second one fell prey to a glitch after two years of use where the buttons still worked, but the screen did not. Finally, the newer remotes that Logitech makes are all touch, which creates it's own set of problems, accidentally pressing on the screen when picking it up, multiple pages of commands, and a delay or lag when using the touch screen. With the included remote, every button can have two commands, one long and one short, which means you have more than enough customization, that you don't need the screen, and if you do want to do some really custom stuff, the app allows for it. All in all, I was very frustrated with the last few remotes logitech came out with, but as of now, I'm very happy.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    This is one remote you don't want to pass up!

    Posted
    LRshawn
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    I read Suoipoc's review so I decided to purchase the harmony smart control. I currently have the harmony 1100. I hated the lag, delay and the constant dead battery. I bought the 2.5 mm adapter and the Y's. took 15 min to have the hardware plugged up and the hub automatically updated the firmware once connected to my WiFi network. Since I already had a logitech account, I created a new account from my Iphone then transfered all my device settings over from my old account. Look less than a minute to do that. Total time out of the box and fully functional was less than 30 minutes. Out of all the univeral remotes I've purchased, this by far is the best. If you have some knowledge of univeral remote set up, this will be a snap. If you don't have any knowledge it'll take you a little longer to get things set up. Read Suoipoc's review, it's right on the money!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Versatile Home Theater Remote

    Posted
    MartinGale
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    If you have ever used a Logitech Harmony remote, you are aware of how easy it is to get some of your electronics out of sync. For example, you press the Watch TV button on your remote. The TV turns on and the user lowers the remote. Whoops, the AV receiver didn't get turned on. It is hard for people getting accustom to pointing the remote at the electronics for 10, 15 or maybe even 20 seconds. These problems DO NOT EXIST with this system. This remote sends a command via RF signal to a box with the IR emitter, which in turn sends the commands needed to turn on or off the appropriate devices and switch the audio/video, inputs/outputs to the settings you have specified in the setup. If you have setup it up properly, everything works. If there are problems you can edit the setup and try again. You MUST have a computer with internet to configure this system. There is a learning curve to setting up this system, but it is far better than anything else I have tried. My experience with Harmony remotes in the past has been that they normally do not last longer than 2 years. This system, due to it's design, should offer a far longer life than the sophisticated Harmony remotes with built in displays. I believe that for the technology aware user this system is a must have. This ONE REMOTE handles my TV, AV receiver, Roku box and Blu-Ray player. Switching from one activity to another is a single button press away. It really is worth shouting about.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great remote option for simple to moderate needs

    Posted
    Trapper22

    Just purchased this from Best Buy for a game room - TV, Receiver, U-verse, DVD, and Xbox setup - and spent about an hour getting it installed and configured. It dramatically surpassed my expectations on all fronts so far. My last experience with Harmony remote setup was a few years ago - I've generally gone to RF remotes from Universal that require professional installer support - and I was impressed with how things have improved. Device and Activity setup was extremely efficient and accurate, and no custom editing of macros was required on my part. I placed the Harmony hub in an open-faced cabinet with shelves between devices and the TV on top of the cabinet, and I have no idea how the IR signal is able to reach all those devices. I strung the separate supplemental IR flasher to the TV, but I'm not even sure it was necessary. Everything just seems to automagically work, which is what we all love products to do. All devices are consistently controlled as expected, the IOS app is fantastic, and I really like the hard button remote that is included as well. And zero cases so far of devices getting out of sync - i.e., when the remote becomes confused about what is actually "on" or "off." I'm sure I'll hit a kink or two with more use, but the early experience was amazingly good. I don't normally take the time to write reviews, but was so pleasantly surprised by this product I wanted to pass the word on. Connections between controllers and the hub are via WiFi, so make sure you have a reliable signal wherever the setup will be.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Fantastic Remote

    Posted
    Spaceteach1
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Member

    This is one sweet remote system. It allows you to use your smart phone or tablet as a remote in addition to the included mini remote. Since the mini remote uses rf and the IOS and Android devices use WiFi, you dont even have to point the remote at the hub. At first I thought the number buttons on the mini remote were too small, but as soon as I got out of the habit of pointing the remote at the TV and started holding it upright I realized the size was not a problem. The only gripe I can come up with is that if you select "Watch TV" with the mini remote and then decide you want to use the iPad to select a favorite channel, the iPad app doesn't know the tv is already on. You have to press "Watch TV" on the iPad to get to the correct screen. It's only a minor gripe since it just means one more button press, but it would be nice if the app could automatically synch with the current activity status. I highly recommend this remote!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Awesome remote, almost awesome app

    Posted
    Ironjaiden

    This is probably the best functioning Harmony remote I've owned. When I hit the activity buttons everything switches quickly and accurately. The inclusion of Bluetooth in the hub makes it possible to control my PS3 without a separate IR receiver. I've got the hub tucked back on a shelf in the media console and it's able to send clear signals to devices on other shelves and the TV mounted on the wall above. The only reason I gave this remote 4 stars instead of 5 is the somewhat awkward smartphone app. It's not terrible but it's not the most intuitive thing in the world either. Luckily that part of the package is the easiest to upgrade later and I'm sure Logitech will iron out the wrinkles once the feedback starts rolling in. All in all a great purchase.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Tryst me, this is the remote you want!

    Posted
    aVAddict99
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus Member

    So I have been on a 10+ year quest for the ultimate Universal remote with simple, one touch activities (ex.Watch TV, Play PS3, Listen to Radio) I also have been dying for a remote to have that old fashioned feeling the old tv and cable remotes had of instant reaction to button clicks, push channel up, and it changes before your finger leaves the button, you remember, right!. I've tried multiple harmony remotes, most recently the Harmony One Advanced, which was getting close to satisfying my need for precision and reliability, and my fiance's ( My fiance, as soon as she has one hiccup with technologies, she tosses it aside and complains it's a waste of money, and unreliable. "I want the original remote back for the tv, it changes the channel as soon as I push a button", she says, typically). Well not with this one! She loves it, and we both finally get the important features, functions, and reliability we have been seeking for years! The hard buttons on the remote are actually our default, not the iphones we have or iPad as intended. This system was intended to be a hub for Iphone and Andriods, and a physical remote as a backup in times when your phone or tablet is being used or dead. i myself use the iPhone and ipad apps 50/50 with the physical remote, and both have lightning fast reaction time. When I hit a button for a function, activity, or just to power on/off, it's lightning fast and works every single time! The problem I had with the Harmony One and other harmony remotes, was the delay after hitting an activity, and how sometimes as those who have these know, it would miss a device turning on or off, or do the wrong one, etc. This one NEVER does the wrong order, device or misses one. And at the end of the night, one easy click on the OFF button, and BOOM, everything shuts down in one synchronized step. BUY THIS!!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Be careful in your setup and it works fine

    Posted
    GeeksGeek
    • Verified Purchaser
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I didn't use the iDevice app as the primary controller because other folks had a few too many problems with it with WiFi connectivity issues. The app is handy to correct synch issues, but is NOT needed to run the control system. So I set up the provided RF remote to be the primary controller using the hub. My hub is mounted above and behind the couch and has a full view of all the components 14 feet away. It works in 'look down, shoot down' mode. The mini-blasters won't work from that far away, but the main hub has enough IR power to work that far. In my case I didn't need any mini-blasters I programmed the hub from my PC. All my equipment model numbers were in the database with the MyHarmony program you download from Logitech. There are 41 programmable buttons on the remote that have 2 functions each ('long' and 'short' press) so you can program up to 82 functions for each 'activity.' If you know your equipment model numbers ahead of time and which activities you want to program it can be done, but it takes time to meticulously go through each button for each activity and confirm it will do what you want it to do when you're sitting on the couch. Take the time to go through each button and confirm what each long or short press does as it will save you lots of grief later. In my case at first power-up it didn't work quite right because it sequenced some power-up functions in a different order. I was able to re-arrange the power-up sequence and got everything to work. I did have an oddball piece of equipment and needed to 'train' the hub to accept an IR power command that wasn't programmed correctly into the database, however, it was easy to do using either the iDevice app or with the Hub connected to the computer. Once you get everything set up it has actually worked flawlessly. I can go from one activity to the next with a simple press of the button that used to take 4 remotes and a flowchart to figure out. I did print out a cheat sheet for what each button did for every different activity but I made it intuitive enough that I really never needed the cheat sheet. Try not to use the original remotes to do things otherwise it will screw up the 'synch' and the Smart remote will do things that seem goofy. You can re-synch using the iDevice app, but I recommend you leave the old remotes in the drawer and not use them to power-on any device or it can affect the synchronization in the hub. The hub doesn't really know the power-status for each device and if it thinks one device is on when you have turned it off with the original remote then the system will get wonky on you. So try not to use the original remote, if you can. So, yes, I'd recommend this, but only for those that will take the time to set it up. It is a bear, but well worth it in the long run if you have the patience. Also, I did get on the Harmony forum and told them about my issue with the manual programming (they had a power 'on' and power 'off' programmed for my preamp that was really a power 'toggle') so they actually amended their database to include that for any future users. Be patient, and it will work for you.

    I would recommend this to a friend



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