Originally Posted by pmcd
Presently I use a Harmony One. I have an ir receiver for my win8 system and I use a combination of MCE remote+ MCE Keyboard to deal with some of win8, The problem with that is you can't get around the new Start Menu in order to use Netflix, Hulu Plus. You can do a bit but I always have to resort to using a Lenovo Multimedia remote which is basically a wireless keyboard and trackball. Anyway, I can't get away with just a remote. Perhaps you are thinking Windows Media Centre? If the Smart Control could at least do that then it would be useful to me.
I don't own a PS3, Wii, Xbox. Not interested in gaming. Is the only reason Bluetooth is in the Smart Control to deal with those 3 devices?
I do the same thing as you (remote plus keyboard/mouse as needed), but I've also added StartIsBack to generally make navigation easier.
The bluetooth part of the Smart Control only works on PS3 and WiiU, not Xbox 360, Xbox One, PS4 or anything else for that matter. It basically just integrates the PS3 adapter and RF hub into a single device. The hub is also smart in that it syncs your remote and iPhone activity states so each can pick up where the other left off.
Going from a One to a Smart Control doesn't really buy you anything in your case except RF for your IR devices. You'll go from being able to do everything on the remote (One) to having to use both a simple remote with no LCD for additional functions and activities (Smart) and an iPhone in order to actually see what you're doing. Personally I'd stick with the One as long as I could.
I very rarely use a physical keyboard/mouse since the keyboard/mouse app on my iPhone works so well. Since I do Netflix and Hulu on my Bluray player, I can use my remote 99% of the time for controlling WMC and my other streaming devices. The only time I need a keyboard/mouse is for web surfing. Any maintenance activities I do via remote desktop.