Originally Posted by farmeroman
Thanks for your comments..
I've been thinking about my "clunky" comment and decided that is probably the wrong word. I do think that the return to multiple buttons and a small screen is a retrograde step though; I find that the buttons are usually the first things to go on a remote and that the text tends to wear off of the most commonly used buttons fairly quickly giving the unit a worn appearance (although I have no idea if the ultimate will suffer from this problem) . Would I buy an iPhone 6 if it signalled a return to a 2" screen plus hard number buttons though? No. Would I buy a new iPod if it returned to the "Classic" hard drive, small screen and clickwheel? No (in fact I had to make one working 80GB iPod Classic from one with a broken clickwheel and another with a broken hard drive last week).
I do like Logitech's stuff though and want to like the Ultimate. I have had the Harmony 1000 since 04/2008 and am amazed it's still working without problems, apart from two new batteries (which makes me a little concerned about the wisdom of a fixed battery for the Ultimate) and have had a Squeezebox Duet since 12/2009 (one new battery). I don't like the Duet's remote though (buttons, faux click wheel and too small screen for my liking) but find the iPeng app perfect, so I was hoping that the Harmony app would be as good and I could consign the Ultimate's remote to the charger where it would sit next to the Duet's.
Good news re my activities; I'd hate to have to set them all up from scratch, but can cope with a bit of tweaking. I assumed that the mini blasters communicated with the Hub by RF and could therefore be placed anywhere within the Hub's RF range, but now know they don't; I guess I can get by with using conventional remotes in the kitchen and bedroom then
So maybe it's not for me then, although I don't know what I'll do when the 1000 finally gives up the ghost. I suspect I'll end up with the Ulltimate...
A good number of people want buttons on their remotes. I really prefer having a remote I can operate without looking at it. I can't imagine that working very well with a touchscreen. Granted on the Ultimate you can have an activity default to the swipe screen, and that I can use without looking, but that's limited in functionality. The controls I use most often when using my HT I can do very easily without looking at the remote, whether it's operating the DVR, or navigating my media on my HTPC, or just getting a blu-ray playing.
Now if you want to see clunky, look at any of the higher end button remotes. URC and Acoustic Research remotes have 40+ buttons, and none of those are very well laid out. The Ultimate is nice and compact compared to the competition, it's well laid out, and I don't think it will confuse or intimidate new users like most other remotes will.
But if you like touchscreen only, then I'm not sure the Harmony line is the best. I'd consider something like iRule or one of the others that works with phones and tablets. Lots of customization, and the price isn't too bad. But for ease of use and setup, and the ability to use blind, the Ultimate is hands down the best option out there.