Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

Logitech’s Harmony Express remote: a steep price for simplicity

Logitech’s latest universal remote, the Harmony Express, is nothing like its previous models. There is no screen, only a handful of buttons, and it’s designed to make your voice the primary way you control your various home theater devices. It’s a “new Harmony experience that’s simple and stress-free enough for everyone in the family to use,” Logitech says. It’s also pricey: At $250, the Harmony Express is now the company’s second-most expensive remote.

If it works as promised, the Harmony Express could be something of a holy grail in the universal remote market: A remote that has all of the capabilities of its heavily customizable Harmony siblings, but that can get by with only a few physical buttons. To achieve this lofty goal, Logitech embedded Amazon’s Alexa within the Harmony Express.

The oversized, illuminated OK button in the center of the Harmony Express’s circular D-pad is how you summon Alexa, to do your remote bidding. Because voice commands are initiated via a button press, there is no need for the “Alexa” wake word. You can say, “Turn on the TV,” or “Go to Netflix app,” much like Apple TV doesn’t require “Hey Siri,” and Nvidia Shield TV doesn’t need you to say, “Hey Google.” In addition to the voice command microphone, there is also a small speaker so that you can hear Alexa’s responses.

The similarity to these other voice-based devices makes the Harmony Express a bit of conundrum for prospective buyers. If you already own a Fire TV, you’ve essentially got the full power of Alexa in a small, simple remote. The question is, does it make sense to spend $250, to give Alexa the enhanced control over other home theater components that the Express provides, especially when you can already grant an Alexa device access to Harmony Hub?

Programming the Harmony Express to respond to these commands is done via the Harmony Express app (iOS/Android), which should be significantly easier than using the PC-based software that Logitech has used in the past with its older programmable remotes. The app can also be used to trigger a remote finder function — the Harmony Express can emit a tone should it become lodged between the couch cushions, which given its small size, seems like an inevitable occurrence. If you have another Alexa device in the home, you can also ask it to locate your Harmony Express.

The remote, which is rechargeable via USB, comes with its own hub, and a small IR-blaster in case you’ve got home theater components that are tucked away in a cabinet. This combo covers all of the connectivity bases, with support for Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and infrared. Unfortunately, the Express’s hub isn’t compatible with Logitech’s previous hub-based remotes like the Harmony Elite, or the Harmony Companion, and similarly, those older hubs won’t work with the Express. If you already have an Alexa device, all of your usual commands will carry over to the Harmony Express, since it requires that you add it via your Amazon account. If you don’t already have one, you will need to create an Amazon Alexa account.

The Harmony Express is available via Logitech’s website, as well as, and should show up at other major retailers in the coming weeks. As soon as we get our hands on one, we’ll be back with our full impressions.

Editors' Recommendations

Simon Cohen
Contributing Editor, A/V
Simon Cohen covers a variety of consumer technologies, but has a special interest in audio and video products, like…
Best Bose Cyber Monday deals: Headphones, soundbars and more
Bose QuietComfort Ultra Headphones.

It's no secret that Bose makes some of the best audio equipment available. One hint is right there on the price tag. Bose products are expensive. Thankfully there are some great opportunities to save money with Cyber Monday deals. We've gathered our favorites below, including soundbars, speakers, headphones and few more more goodies.
Best Bose soundbar Cyber Monday deals

There are multiple options for Bose devices in the available Cyber Monday soundbar deals, including the Bose Smart Soundbar 600, which we described as the best small soundbar in our list of the best soundbars. It provides excellent Dolby Atmos surround sound for its size, in addition to amazing music quality and an easy setup process. You'll have to act fast if you want it or any of the following Bose soundbar Cyber Monday deals though, as stocks may already be running out.

Read more
The 25 best Cyber Monday TV deals on LG, Sony, Samsung, and more
Digital Trends Best Black Friday 65 Inch TV Deals

Cyber Monday deals are live, giving you an awesome opportunity to save on big-ticket entertainment devices like TVs. It's not going to be easy to select your purchase though, so to help you narrow down your choices, here are the best Cyber Monday TV deals for each brand. We're not going to tell you what you should buy, as that will have to take into account several factors such as your budget and preferred features, but these lists should set you on the right course.

Beyond the potential savings, there are some things that stay consistent no matter when you're shopping for a new TV. While 8K TVs have become slightly more accessible, 4K TVs are still the norm, so you should check out our 4K TV buying guide for helpful advice. You may also want to take a look at our list of the best TVs to help you figure out what you want from your purchase. You'll also want to peek into our roundup of the best TV brands to help you select what you want, as TVs from a single brand are generally similar with their operating systems, compatibility with soundbars, and other things to consider.
Best TCL Cyber Monday TV deals

Read more
Best Roku Cyber Monday deals: Save on TVs and streaming hardware
The Roku Class Select Series 4K TV on a media stand.

Roku changed the game with its streaming sticks and boxes. Now any TV can become a smart TV with just a discreet USB or HDMI plugin. If you want to stream your favorite shows from Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime Video straight on your TV (and that tech isn't already built into it), grab a cheap Roku in the Cyber Monday sales.
Best Roku TV Cyber Monday deals

While some of the best TV brands use Roku for the operating system of their products, Roku has rolled out its own line of TVs. With resolutions ranging from HD to 4K Ultra HD, you'll be able to enjoy your favorite shows and movies with bright colors and sharp details, with prices that start from budget displays and going all the way up to premium screens. These TVs are also excellent for playing video games and accessing cable channels, and our recommendation is to go for the largest model that you can afford -- but consult our guide on what size TV to buy first to make sure that you have enough space.

Read more