The Logitech K400 Plus keyboard with built-in touchpad is on sale for $17.99 at Amazon. That matches the lowest price this keyboard has ever been. Many Fire TV owners, including myself, swear by this keyboard as the best bang-for-your-buck keyboard for couch use. This keyboard uses a wireless USB dongle to connect, so it works with the 1st and 2nd-gen Fire TV. It will also work with the Fire TV Stick 2 if you use an OTG adapter. This sale is part of a larger sale where multiple Logitech accessories are up to 30% off.
Several Logitech products are on sale on Amazon for today only and among them is the Logitech K830 Illuminated Keyboard w/ Touchpad for $49.99. This is the premium big brother to the much loved Logitech K400 keyboard that many Fire TV owner’s use, including myself, as a great couch keyboard and touchpad. At 50% off the retail price, this matches the lowest price I’ve ever seen for the K830 keyboard. The two key differences with the K830 over the K400 are full backlight illumination, which would come in handy while watching TV in a dark room, and Bluetooth connectivity. I’ve seen mixed reports whether this keyboard can connect to the Fire TV or Fire TV Stick via Bluetooth, because it uses something called “smart Bluetooth,” but it does work with Logitech’s Unifying USB receiver, which comes included in the box. So Fire TV 1, Fire TV 2, and Fire TV Stick 2 (with an OTG cable) owners can certainly use it that way.
The Logitech Harmony Remote w/ Smart Hub is on sale for $69.99 during Amazon’s Cyber Monday sale. This matches the lowest price this remote has ever been. Harmony remotes are among the few universal remotes that can control the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick. The included hub connects to the Fire TV via bluetooth and the remote relays button press through the hub to the Fire TV. The remote connects via RF, so you still don’t have to physically point the remote anywhere, just like with the Fire TV default remote. Additionally, Harmony just created their own Alexa Skill, so you can have limited control of your TV with just your voice through an Alexa-enabled device.
Amazon has just made a new bundle available that groups together the Logitech Harmony Elite Remote and Echo Dot 2 for a total of $287.58. That is a savings of $60 versus buying the two items separately, so you’re essentially getting a free Echo Dot for buying the Harmony remote. The black Echo Dot bundle has already sold out, so only the white Echo Dot option is available. The Harmony Elite Remote included in this bundle is Logitech’s top of the line remote. It features a full color touchscreen and comes with the Logitech Home Hub. The hub connects to the Amazon Fire TV or Fire TV Stick via Bluetooth, which lets you control your streaming device through the universal remote. With the release of an official Harmony Alexa Skill last week, thre trio of Harmony + Alexa + Fire TV has never worked better.
Logitech has just released an official Alexa Skill that allows you to control Harmony remotes using your voice and Alexa. The new ability will allow you to say “Alexa, turn on/off the TV” to power on/off devices. You will also be able to enable Harmony Activities which control multiple devices, including smart home devices like lights and thermostats, with a single command. If you have cable television, you’ll also be able to change channels by simply saying “Alexa, turn on ESPN” without any extra configuration. As long as the Harmony remote hub recognises your cable provider, it will automatically detect the channels available to you and make them voice accessible.
Logitech also says the new Alexa Skill will be able to launch apps on Roku devices by saying something like “Alexa, turn on Netflix.” Harmony remotes are capable of controlling Fire TVs and Fire TV Sticks via bluetooth, but there is no mention of Fire TV integration with this new Alexa Skill at this time. Many people have already been able to achieve all of these voice features, and more, by linking Harmony hubs with Alexa through third party services like IFTTT and Yonomi. This new Alexa Skill from Logitech is a good start, but hopefully they’ll continue to expand on its abilities, since 1st-party solutions have the potential to be far better than 3rd-party middleman option.
The Logitech K830 Illuminated Keyboard is currently on sale for $54.99 at Best Buy. This is the lowest price I have ever seen for this keyboard. If you’re familiar with the K400 and K400 Plus keyboards from Logitech, which are the most popular keyboards among Fire TV owners, the K830 is like thier more sophisticated older brother. The two key differences with the K830 over the K400 are full backlight illumination, which comes in handy while watching TV in a dark room, and Bluetooth connectivity in addition to a wireless USB dongle. Of course, you’ve still got full Android and Fire TV compatibility with the inclusion of dedicated HOME, BACK, and MENU buttons, as well as media PLAY, FORWARD, and REVERSE buttons. If you’re looking to step up a notch above the K400, without having to pay anywhere near the $99.99 retail price, here’s your chance to grab a Logitech K830 at a great discounted rate.
The dream of controlling your Fire TV or Fire TV Stick using an Amazon Echo, Echo Dot, or Tap is closer to becoming a reality, thanks to Logitech. The consumer electronics company is currently beta testing Alexa integration with their very popular Harmony line of universal remotes, according to an email received by Dave Zatz of Zatz Not Funny. Harmony remotes are among the few universal remotes that work with the Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, thanks to their included Harmony Hub. The hub connects to the Fire TV via bluetooth and relays input from the RF-based remote to the Fire TV. The new Alexa integration will initially allow you to use your voice to trigger Harmony Activities, which are profiles you set that prepare your A/V equipment for a specific viewing task. This functionality is possible using third-party services like IFTTT, but it’s always nice to have first-party support directly from the manufacturer. Future Alexa capabilities could be added to more deeply control the Fire TV with your voice.
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The Logitech K400 keyboard is considered by many, including myself, to be the best Fire TV keyboard. It is the best selling keyboard on Amazon, and for good reason. It’s a great balance of compact size and comfort, without giving up any functionality. Logitech just announced an updated version of the K400 keyboard, called the K400 Plus. Does the new keyboard improve on the current model, as the name would imply? Lets take a closer look at the differences to find out. Read more ›
Logitech has released an update to their Harmony line of remotes and smartphone apps which adds the ability to control the Amazon Fire TV. The update covers the Harmony Smart remote, Harmony Ultimate remote, the Harmony Android app, and the Harmony iOS app. With this update, both the remotes and app can now control the Fire TV via Bluetooth. However, neither the remotes nor the app can trigger the Fire TV’s built-in voice search. Instead, Logitech has added their own voice search to their app. The app is capable of acting as a keyboard for the Fire TV. Voice search queries done with the app will be relayed to the Fire TV as keyboard input. The update is already live for the remotes and Android app. The iOS update should come soon.
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