If you're one of the many people in the Goldilocks zone, and you're sick and tired of dealing with five or six remotes just to watch a movie or listen to music, the Harmony Elite is worth considering. It won’t deliver instant gratification—you’ll need to put in some time teaching it about your hardware and setting up activities the way you want them to play out. The more devices you own, the longer this will take; but you should be able to finish the basics in 30- to 45 minutes. And then you’ll quickly start thinking about all the other ways this remote will make life more enjoyable.
Score: 4.0 stars
Extremely easy to set up and program
Can manage both entertainment and connected-home devices
Large touchscreen display, plus backlit physical buttons
Limited to controlling 15 A/V devices
IR blasters not the best solution for every enclosed entertainment center
Poor replacement for a Sonos controller
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