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-- Wanted: Opinions on the MX-?00's vs. the Harmony 688 (http://archive.tivocommunity.com/tivo-vb/showthread.php?threadid=180975)
I use to have a Pronto remote for several years, recently got rid of it in favor of a Harmony 659.
LCD touchscreens are the worst UI you could think of for a home theatre remote. Your visual attention is on the TV not the remote, the remote should have good touch feel and be easily use most functions without looking at it.
That said I choose the Harmony over the MX-500 because the Harmony's ability for state memory. This is a killing feature for devices without discrete codes, one that makes me wonder why other high-end remotes do not have it standard.
Another thing very nice with the Harmony is the "Help" button, if you devices get out of sync this little button does a very nice job walking even a complete newb through getting your system back in sync. My wife LOVES this remote, I never even had to show her how to use it. Guest come over and pick up the remote and use my rather complex AV gear setup without an issue. The remote does a great job bringing everything together.
And the customer support of Harmony is top-notch.
Things I do not like about the harmony is
- I can not make my own macros
- on the 659 the transport buttons are in a bad location
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