Originally Posted by jalyst
So the 900 was a huge regression over the 890?
All the differences were posted earlier. If none of them impact you, then it may not be a huge regression.
Can all/some of the limitations be worked around such that it has all/most of the strengths of the H1 + more?
Not really. Sequences, possibly, in a small way (3 steps or so in a single raw learn).
Is this sort of thing do-able for the H1 too? I appreciate the PIA limitations you're explaining, but it'd still be nice to get around device count limitations...
Device count isn't one of the limitations. Both the One and 900 are 15 device. Device limits come into play on the lower end models from the 700 down.
*IIRC some of the main reasons I overlooked the 900 was that:
1) RF isn't as universal as IR -even still- in many homes, + getting IR blasters for all over the premises is somewhat of a PIA
2) There was some horrid sw limitations compared to the H1
RF is an enhancement, not a limitation. You lose nothing by getting an RF remote. The IR part still works fine. You only truly need blasters where your remote can't reach by line of sight (although it's preferred to use them to eliminate the need to aim). So you don't need blasters all over the place. The only software limitation I know of is the removal of sequences. If you don't use them (most people don't), then it's not a limitation for you. My point was just to show how logitech remote regress with each new model rather than progress, hence contributing to their downfall IMO.
I think you may have a fundamental misunderstanding of RF. The ultimate output of an RF system is still IR. RF universal remotes (with one small exception) can't communicate with any RF devices besides their own RF base. So you don't get an RF remote to control RF devices. You get an RF remote to extend IR and eliminate the need to aim, essentially.