Prontos are good (the new TSU3000 has more hard keys than the older prontos, which is a nice improvement...)
For a lower price, Radioshack has some very good products... Their 15-2116 is a very nice remote if you want 'real' buttons. It doesn't have the 'wow' factor of the Kameleon, but I find it more convenient (control by feel in the dark, and LCD information display...)
(I strongly suggest you look at getting a JP1 cable if you are interested in the RS remotes, as this enables a lot of the hidden power of these products: ability to save your configurations on a PC, programming from a PC instead of for the remote, etc.)
Not to nitpick what you said, but the MX-500 uses LCD screens for labels only. It's not a touchscreen. So, I wouldn't really consider it a "blend", as it is a hardbutton only remote - even though the function of some of the buttons can change. It is a great remote though, and lots of people really like it. It's probably one of the best hard button remotes out there.
When I think of remotes that I would consider a blend or a hybrid, I really just think of the Pronto 3000 and the NEO, the U Command 525, HTM MX-1000... something with touchscreen and hardbutton mix. Maybe that's just me...
decide if you like hard buttons or LCD, I have pronto 1000 and I have heard its hard to set up, but I had no problem with it, I did most of it in an hour or two. Just remember if you go with Pronto 1000...don't know about others but for Macros that the REC button has been changed to the EDIT button, that took me forever to figure out.
The prontos are not hard to set up... for a basic configuration. Trouble is, they are 'infinitely flexible' (You can use any graphic of your choice for the buttons, besides the preset shapes. They don't force you into an organization by device, each with its own buttons using the same layout, etc.). With great power comes great opportunities to spend a lot of time on relatively small improvements (and interface design is not an easy art, by any means)
This being said, there are many preset codes, or files you can download from AVS or www.remotecentral.com, to speed the configuration phase. I also think that the prontos are the best at learning odd devices such as IR from keyboards, exotic remotes, etc. or at accomodating unusual or innovative components (PC media jukeboxes, tivos, DVD changers, video projector) which don't fit well with the predetermined layouts of conventional remotes.
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