"Functionality good, ergonomics terrible"2.5 starson by msahlu
Pros: Comprehensive functionality, activity based remote
Cons: Forget about finger memory with this remote.
Summary: Just got this remote to control a home theater system and some Z-wave light controls. Primary factors that led me to its purchase was the Z-wave compatibility (which apparently won't even be ready for another couple of months or so), the RF capabilities and the activity based control scheme which I'd gotten used to from a previous Harmony remote (659). As always setup was fairly easy to do although Logitech could make significant improvements to their interface and navigation of the config tools. This remote seemed to need more adjustments for time delay than did the 659 but again, this is not too difficult to do.
My biggest problem with this remote (and therefore the reason that I'm going to part with it as soon as a better alternative comes out) is that it's pretty much impossible to accurately use the functions on it without looking at it directly. Buttons next to each other are RIGHT NEXT to each other and are similar in size and shape to the point that they are indistinguishable by feel alone. Navigation cluster is too narrow and the LCD soft keys are so far away from the transport controls (and suffer from the same proximity and likeness problems described above) that it almost makes this a 2 handed operation.
Anyway, I had a suspicion just from looking at the remote that ergonomics were going to be an issue but what I experience was worse than anything I imagined. I'm going to get the Monster MCC AVL300-S when it comes out because it's essentially the same remote with a much more usable form factor. Not as 'sexy' but much more usable from the way it looks.