|Can I get the same functionality from any of the non proprietory panels being discussed here?
Yes, you can. The wireless Crestron panel is a Viewsonic panel.
Refer to the following URL for additional information:http://www.viewsonic.com/products/mo...nitors/v210b1/
As far as the 17inch in wall, it's specs are listed on Crestron's website at:http://www.crestron.com/downloads/pd...mc-17-qm-l.pdf
This device runs on WinXP (which I find quite funny, considering all the crap that's been said about any device that is powered by a Windows OS).
It's easy enough to compare the specs on this device vs any of the others listed within this thread or others on this forum. At the end of the day, if you cannot find a non-proprietary device with similar specs, you just have to ask yourself whether the extra $$$ is worth it for the Crestron panel.
As I mentioned in another thread, some of those non-properietary devices are in industrial environments and undergo a rather serious amount of abuse. Some of the more rugged devices in this category are built quite well and can be exposed to water or being dropped from countertop heights. Quite useful if you have young children or plan on using a portable in the kitchen/bathroom.
It has been suggested that you will experience better customer support should your Crestron touchpanel fail (product repair, replacement, etc). I dont subscribe to this but you ought to consider it and make your own decision as to how valid this might be.