The reviewer has been compensated in the form of a Best Buy Gift Card and/or received the product/service at a reduced price or for free. I’m not a gambling woman but the odds that you are reading the latest edition of Talk to Nerdy to Me from a portable device, with the TV on in the background, in your favorite pair of yoga pants, beneath a blanket are high. Some of you may even skip the pants entirely, and that’s okay! I care more about your stash of remote controls than whether or not you are wearing pants. And don’t even try to tell me you didn’t look up just now and give your pile the stink eye. I am well aware of the remote struggle.
Now that I have brought up the elephant in the room, let me introduce you to the solution… the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard. I’m about to blow your mind, mmmkay?
Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard Video
Was I right, or was I right?
That’s what I thought! Now, I know 90% of you will skip over the video… even though you shouldn’t.
Not only is Michael loosening up on camera, we tell you all about my latest gadget love child. The love child that is sitting to my right, right meow. The love child that doesn’t require me to pick it up and point it at the TV because it whispers Bluetooth nothings to the hub.
Wait, what? What is a hub, you ask?
The hub is nothing more than a middle man. The keyboard speaks to the hub, and the hub delivers the information in whichever language is required for the device it is traveling to. Bluetooth? Yep. Radio frequency? You bet! Infra-red? But of course! Wi-Fi? Is that a serious question?
Oh, and hey, you can totally put the hub in a cabinet without compromising its functionality. Talk about keeping the household decorator happy!
And one more thing before I give the floor up to Michael… The Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard is SUPER easy to use. The odds of you feeling like this are pretty low… unless you are a 2 year old.
Michael’s Thoughts on the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard
I need to be honest, I enjoy standard remotes. I have never seen a need to upgrade a remote control….until now.
The Harmony Smart Keyboard exceeded my expectations. The setup was very simple and detected all my devices with ease. I was truly surprised that it was able to correctly pick up all the inputs off of the A/V receiver. Although we did not have a gaming console to connect into it during testing, I feel confident that it would have connected in seamlessly.
There are three buttons that can be programmed on the top of the keyboard, for up to 6 choices. Holding down each button allows for a second action to take place. The hub for the unit is compact and in an open space only requires the power cord attached. That being said, the Bluetooth connectivity works very well and I have no issues using the keyboard from 30 feet away from the hub. If the keyboard is not near me, the Harmony App (for iOS & Android) on my smartphone works almost as well.
The only gripe would be that the button placement for the app is a little difficult to navigate, but functioning just as well. You do have to be connected to your home Wi-Fi in order to use, a fact the app will remind you about if you launch it without having the wireless enabled.
I understand if you grab your keys and head to Best Buy for your own $149.99 beauty right now. It’s totally worth it.