For 15 years Logitech Harmony universal remotes have tamed sprawling multi-device home entertainment systems, making them simpler to use. They replace a coffee-table full of remotes with just a single clicker that commands your TV, AV receiver, cable box, game console and more, seamlessly. One button-press turns everything on, switches to the correct input(s) and you’re ready to go. With the new Harmony Express, that button-press becomes a voice command: “Turn on the TV.” The Harmony Express has been completely redesigned from previous models like the Harmony Companion and Harmony Elite to make things even simpler, starting with built-in Alexa. Me and my family, including two elementary-school-age kids, have been using it for the last week to control the main entertainment center at home. It’s already everyone’s favorite clicker, mainly thanks to Ms. Alexa herself. Now playing: Watch this: Harmony Express universal remote gets simpler with Alexa… 2:03 Here are the basics. Harmony Express costs $250 and is available now at Amazon and Harmony.com and coming soon to other retailers like Best Buy There’s just 10 buttons and a four-way directional pad. The buttons are backlit and the D-pad has a colored ring just like an Alexa speaker. You press the main top button and speak into the remote to issue commands. Voice is powered by Amazon Alexa, but you don’t have to say “Alexa,” just the command itself like “Turn off the TV” or “Launch Netflix.” A built-in speaker lets Alexa talk back even when your system is turned off…. [Read full story]
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