Logitech
Harmony
Ultimate
One Remote to Rule Them All
by K.B. GOULD




Open up your entertainment cabinet. You've got a BluRay player, Apple TV, cable box and TiVo -- four different machines operated by four different remotes. More than likely you've also got a gaming console, although good luck trying to find a remote for that. 




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With the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote, you can seamlessly control up to 15 devices (including your lights, if you have Phillips Hue bulbs). Of course, universal remotes aren't new -- Logitech has been producing them for a while now -- but the Logitech Harmony Ultimate Remote introduces the Harmony Hub, a disc-like device that sits in your cabinet and turns RF signals into IR and Bluetooth commands, allowing you to access internet services from your Xbox, Wii, or PS3. The best part? The remote (or your smartphone, if you download the Harmony app) can speak to the Hub through cabinets so you can keep all of your messy devices safely out of sight.


The Harmony is also designed for ease of use in the dark... which, considering when remotes are most often used, makes non-backlit options look downright foolish. Lifting the remote activates the built-in accelerometer, which illuminates the color touch screen; from there, you can change the channel via fully customizable one-touch channel icons or the backlit buttons. When you need to use another device, a simple tap allows you to switch between control of any one of the 225,000 devices that the Harmony Ultimate supports. No need to be intimidated by a daunting setup: it's blissfully easy since you simply plug the Harmony into a desktop or laptop and visit myharmony.com for a step-by-step process. Now if you could only remember where you left it...


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STATEMENT

Excellence, innovation, craftsmanship, and an unwavering desire to challenge expectations -- these are the constants that have captivated our attention since Gear Patrol's inception in 2007. This year we're proud to announce the next step in our role as a champion of quality in product design and execution: welcome to the GP100. Our inaugural product awards are dedicated to honoring the 100 best consumer products released during the calendar year by companies of all sizes and scope. 


The GP100 is not a ranking or a contest. These selections represent the collective expertise of our entire editorial staff, who have scoured every corner of the vast product universe -- from automotive and electronics, to men's style essentials, home goods, spirits and outdoors -- to find the inspiring and the practical, the ground-breaking and the traditional, the priceless and the accessible. In short: products that define or defy their respective categories to better the life of the modern man.



METHODOLOGY


The GP100 is not a contest influenced by marketers or brands, nor is it a ranking by specifications as determined by uniform tests. Instead, it starts with a comprehensive list of nominees released in the calendar year, researched and compiled by our editorial team of obsessed experts across all of Gear Patrol's major areas of interest including Motoring, Technology, Style, Home, Spirits, Outdoor and Watches. Brands are not part of the selection process. Nominees are then debated in context of the past, present and future of their respective fields. Which selections stand as significant innovations, category busters or faithful monuments to the icons of history? Do they adhere to Gear Patrol's core tenets of excellence, design, utility and the spirit of adventure? Distilled to the following 100 items, the GP100 represents the best products on earth released in 2013 -- easily inspiring consumers and creators alike during their search for guideposts of excellence in a vast world of products.


THE CATEGORIES


Motoring   Watches   Style   Technology   Sports   Outdoors   Home   Spirits

WRITERS


Jeremy Berger

Ben Bowers
Alex Bracetti
Nick Caruso
Adam Craniotes
Ed Estlow
Jon Gaffney
Jonathan Gallegos
K.B. Gould
Bradley Hasemeyer
Jason Heaton
Mike Henson
Amos Kwon
Matt Neundorf
Scott Packard
Austin Parker
Henry Phillips
Peter Saltsman
Chris Wright
Eric Yang

CREDITS

Produced by Ben Bowers, Chris Wright, Eric Yang
Designed by Eric Yang
Edited by Chris Wright
Photography by Henry Phillips, Eric Yang, Gishani
Special Thanks to Braun, Scroll Kit and Say Media

RESOURCES

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2014 Submissions  100@gearpatrol.com