I can't seem to decide whether to buy one of these, or go with an Android Tablet + Griffin Beacon/Dijit combo... or just stick with separate remotes.
Cheapest would of course be the original separate remotes - Sony TV, Motorola IPTV box, Philips Blu-ray player and Yamaha AVR. But it tends to be a bit of a pain to juggle several remotes.
Tablet + Beacon would be the most versatile in that it can do things other than RC functions, like surfing or music playback... but this solution would cost about 350 euros, and my netbook or regular PC connected to the system can already do those things, too.
The Harmony 1100 I could get new for 179 euros right now if I act quick - that's 100 euros or more under the normal price. But I have some concerns. Can it really emulate whatever buttons, even things like, say, the "Theatre mode" button on my Sony TV (that button being the reason why I can't simply control the TV with the Yamaha remote - all other necessary functions can be controlled) that I use frequently, or perhaps the Scene modes on my Yamaha? It's said that it can learn any command, but I'm mostly wondering because it's also said in some reviews that the UI layout isn't really customizable, so I'm unsure where these buttons would go even if they do work, since there's apparently several pages worth of controls for a given device.
Thing of it is that if I need to access all sorts of unusual things on the devices and for that I need to wade through several pages on the remote control, it's almost as much of a hassle as it would be to just use the various original remotes. Not to mention considering the price. Especially as the IPTV box might not even be controllable by universal remotes (from what I have searched about it).
From what I gather, the Tablet option with the Dijit software would offer a more customizable UI and probably would make use of the larger screen size and resolution, too. But given the potential lowered price for the Harmony, it could cost twice as much.
I've tried to look up as much info as I've had time for on both options in the last day or two, but frankly all I've gotten is a headache. It really, really sucks that I have no chance of testing either option before purchase, and as such it's really hard to truly know how they'd work in practise for my personal usage and therefore if they are worth their respective prices.