Originally Posted by sedwards50
+1 on best remote ever
+1 on real buttons are better than tablets.
I'm amazed at how many people have never heard of them. Everybody I've convinced into buying is in the "You can have my remote when you pry it out of my dead, cold fingers" club.
If you don't have a Harmony, you don't have harmony with your SO. Once you try a Harmony radio, you'll never go back. I just wish they made more radio models.
+1 on real buttons, but the best arrangment is a hybrid of real buttons and touch screen, IMO. Any function I'm using while I'm watching the TV I want to be keyed to a hard button so I don't have to look down at the remote. For me, thats Vol +/-, Channel +/-, d-pad, DVR list, DVR guide, Menu, Exit, RGBY, maybe the number buttons, etc. For one-time functions like switching sources or audio presets though, a touchscreen is preferable, because I can have a long list of options with custom names so I don't have to remember that the Appletv is programmed to the "DVR" source button, or which of the RGBY buttons I programmed to "7 channel stereo" or "sports surround sound".
I had a love/hate relationship with my harmony 650, and eventually went back to my trusty Sony RM-VLZ620, but not having the touchscreen for the tons of options on my receiver can be a big pain. I've heard very good things about the harmony touch though - it looks like the perfect balance for my needs, if only the price would drop a bit.