I’m a long-time Philips Pronto user and I’ve been somewhat frustrated by the unresponsiveness of the Pronto development team. I noticed that Logitech just released the Harmony 1000 remote. Since they are are much easier to program than the Philips Pronto remotes, I decided I may want to purchase one, and I started researching. Unfortunately, the Harmony 1000 remote has two substantial shortcomings that are causing me not to buy it:
1) You can’t configure “soft” buttons to be on a specific screen. So you may have to scroll between screens much more frequently because the two buttons you use the most are not displayed at the same time.
2) There are no hard buttons (below the screen) for fast-forward, rewind, pause, play. If you have a TiVo or other DVR, you’ll be stuck activating the screen, looking for the soft button, and pressing the correct one each time you get to a commercial. This really sucks – it much easier to press a hard button without having to look at the screen. They should have included 4 hard buttons below the screen (with on-screen labels along the bottom edge) that can be programed to perform any function. Without these 4 buttons, the remote is a pain for DVR users.
The Philips Pronto has a lot of limitations and shortcomings, but at least those remotes have these basic issues addressed. I’m sticking with my Pronto. For now.