"Purposefully hobbled by the manufacturer"2.0 starson by EcuadorHomesOnline
Pros: Great button layout, very good "look and feel"
"Auto on" tilt sensor is incredible
Stupendous database of remote control codes
Easy to program
Cons: Artificially limited to replace only six remotes
Can't rearrange the "activities" menu items
Costs too much
Summary: By all measures, this should be a five star product. Logitech has this incredible database of all manufacturers remotes out there, so even though the Harmony 700 has the capability of "learning" from other remotes, you really shouldn't ever need to do this - just enter the manufacturer and model number of all your components and - wow! - it's all set up.
The software to program the remote is very functional and easy to use (although I would prefer an "advanced" mode to make it easier to directly access some features). "Macro" programming is basic, but it does work. I do like the fact that for every activity that you add, it asks which device controls the volume and source switching. So far so good.
The button layout of the remote is fantastic and the construction is very solid. I especially love the fact that the button backlights turn on automatically as soon as you pick it up. Very, very cool feature.
There is one "usability" issue I have: you can't re-arrange the list of "activities" on the menu. I have an old DVD player, just because some DVD's won't play on my new Blu-Ray player (my old player is "region free" and plays all the PAL disks we brought back from Europe) and I have an old VHS tape player that I only use about once every three months. However, these two "activities" show up on the first page of the menu - so I have to select "next page" to get to all the rest (Run Media Center, Play Radio, Watch TV, etc). It's frustrating that I can't rearrange these menu items, but not a deal breaker. Should be easy to fix with a simple software upgrade.
So why have I rated the Logitech Harmony with only 2 stars? Because they purposefully limited it to replace only six remotes, just to force the majority of people into buying an even MORE expensive model. There is absolutely no reason why a universal remote that costs this much and has this much power should be hobbled by the manufacturer like this. Logitech should be ashamed of themselves. What's frustrating is that my TV is only used as a "monitor" - TV channels are changed on the cable box, volume and source switching is done on the receiver - so the ONLY button I really need for my fancy new Plasma TV is "power". Nothing else. But I need to BURN one device just to get this power button - which means that I am one device short for full control of my system with the Harmony 700. (I've decided to go without the "Media Center" control, since I do have a wireless mouse/keyboard available and I can do everything on the PC from that).
Otherwise, it's a great product (although somewhat overpriced - even if it DID control more than six devices, it really shouldn't cost this much. I was able to get it new on eBay for $60 - which is about the maximum that any good universal remote is worth.)