I admit when it comes to texting or using a virtual keyboard my kids are super quick. However just because they are quick doesn’t mean they enjoy it. My oldest son (who is 16) has both an XBox 360 and a Roku in his room. I can often find him using his Roku to browse shows on Hulu, Amazon, and Netflix. Each time he does he has to use the little virtual keyboard and select each letter one at a time. I always thought it would be great if you could somehow hook up a keyboard. I was recently sent a Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard to review from Best Buy. The Harmony Smart Keyboard delivers the full Harmony control experience for TV-connected Internet and home entertainment devices.
It was my son that asked me to accept this review. So it is my son who soon became the owner of this additional techy gadget. When it first came in I told him I was busy and if he wanted to set it up to go for it. He was proud of himself thinking it was all ready to go but couldn’t get it to work. I asked if he had read the directions which he said yes. After skimming them myself I said, “So you downloaded the app?” He shyly looked away. My husband asked me what was I doing trying to get my son to read directions. I know “directions” aren’t a MAN thing.
I downloaded the app and it walked me through connecting everything. It was a much longer process than I thought it was going to be. The app first connected the TV then our satellite box. It will then add an activity “Watch TV” and check to make sure it works. I had to do this for both the XBox and the Roku. Each time I had to test twice to get it to work. It never seemed to be able to find the input the first time.
After it was all set up we were actually unable to get the keyboard to work so I sat it aside for a few days. I had contacted support and got an email directly to someone that was going to help. I decided one more time to give it a try and redid the setup. The second time the keyboard worked great. My son was so excited. You can actually add up to 6 different devices.
Harmony Smart Keyboard makes enjoying digital media in your living room easier than ever. The specially designed keyboard simplifies text entry on internet-connected entertainment devices. Touch the “Movie” Activity button and the right devices switch to the right settings. Plus, it has integrated DVR and set-top box controls, playback and volume buttons, and a touchpad for cursor control on a PC or Mac.
- 3 one-touch activity button for PC, TV, Movies
- Short and long presses provide 6 total activities
- Integrate touch pad for cursor control on PC or Mac
- Media/Cable/DVR playback controls
Once the keyboard started working the only problem we encountered was the TV was not switching inputs. The person I was working with through email was able to reset the hold time for my TV so that it will have time to cut on before it started switching inputs. The TV we have takes a little time to turn on. Overall the Logitech Harmony Smart Keyboard is going to be a great addition to our home entertainment.
We have our Hub in plain view but the great thing is if you happen to have an enclosed entertainment center you should have no problems. Harmony Hub controls devices behind cabinets or walls. Also the Harmony App turns iOS & Android smartphones into personal universal remote.
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