“Alexa, where is my remote?”
Logitech’s newest universal remote, the Harmony Express with built-in Amazon Alexa voice control, will answer that question for consumers (over and over and over for most homes).
Logitech said it has simplified its longstanding universal remote for a “new kind of Harmony use.” While previous models were designed to manage complicated home-theater setups, the Express employs voice control for easier media and smart-home management.
“Whether Harmony Express is the first Alexa in the home or one of many, this will be simple enough for every user. And we mean everyone,” said Rory Dooley, general manager of Logitech Home, in a statement.
Features include frequently used entertainment controls, a prominent Alexa button, and the ability to control devices behind closed media cabinets thanks to an included IR mini blaster. It measures 5.18 by 1.8 by 0.52 inches.
Users can ask Alexa when TV programs are scheduled, listen to the news and control smart-home devices, and it will be continually updated to support new devices, according to the company.
Perhaps most importantly: The accompany app includes a remote finder that triggers the remote to chime when it’s lost, or users can ask Alexa to sound the tone.
The Express is currently available for a $249 suggested retail.
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