I was not speaking in MSRP terms (talking about online purchase price), that is why I did not refer to specific devices.
Well my $20 remote works in the closet with an IR repeater. Actually I use the IR repeater even though my stuff is not in a closet
The IR repeater was NOT complicated to setup, I had to plug it in the wall and then it just worked. The IR repeater I use cost $40 on Amazon at the moment (http://www.amazon.com/X10-Powermid-PM5900-Control-Extender/dp/B00023KG40/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1364157079&sr=8-1&keywords=x10+ir+repeater
), but there are probably updated models (haven't looked in a while).
Yes, the $200 and $600 remote was "EASIER" than my $20 remote since those had LCD screens (which as I said was temporary). That said, I would hardly call this remote "difficult". I'm sorry but even though I AM A PROGRAMMER BY TRADE, programming a remote for 99% of people in this forum is simple, no matter how complex the REMOTE? Why is it so simple, because they are in this FORUM AND CAN ASK QUESTIONS. I am aware of all the interfacing crap you can do with remotes these days, but most of it is useless gimmicky features that people will never use.
Wiring is not difficult, any idiot can wire something that is not through the wall. The trick to clean cabling is usually simple, get all thin cables longer than they need to be and then neatly "drop wrap" the slack in a cable manager. Use wire ties if you need them, though get the thicker HDMI cables in different sizes so you don't end up with much slack on those, the thinner wires you use the theory of lots of SLACK so the connecting points to the equipment can FAN OUT sort of like a circular pattern. Getting multi-color wiring can make it even simpler.
There are a lot of COOL features on those more expensive remotes, but most people will never use them more than 2-3 times. Some of those remotes you listed are functionally good (the URC ones), but the ERGONOMICS generally suck on all those.
My favorite remote design is the JOG shutter on the Phillips remotes, only problem is those were tedious to program (not complex, tedious) and the buttons were too stiff though and that kind of ruined it, the best remote design I have ever used was this one ONLY if the buttons didn't suck.
I wish someone made one like those with softer buttons and a stiffer JOG shutter, but same simple single design and I'm good. I have tired 6 different remotes (including several URC's), and almost everyone I return due to ERGONOMICS (too heavy, too wide, uncomfortable in hand).
That is why I am MOSTLY sticking to cheap remotes from here on out, tired of buying and returning. I will try another remote with an OSD once they come down in price and I find with a better form-factor and lighter weight. The more expensive remotes are bulkier because they need more or heavier batteries. The ones that use lighter batteries run out of juice too often.