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Despite all that, I may end up with an MX-500 or something similar anyway, because hard buttons are simply more responsive than touch screens.

I hear you on that one. I really like the "activities centered" abilities of a touch-screen remote such as the Pronto, but I still need my hard key number pad. The closest "best of both worlds" remote I have found is the RTI TheaterTouch T2 (more info at the website), which I purchased after my Marantz RC2000 just wasn't up to the task because of my system complexity.

I love the remote, but it costs a bundle, has a few technical problems, and I would still like more hard buttons. The MX-500 looks nice, but seems more like an improved RC2000. The ability to press an LCD "Watch Movie" button and then select a DVD, D-VHS, Satellite or Laserdisc LCD button and have all of the system settings executed automatically via macro is incredibally convenient and user friendly, and the MX-500 doesn't appear to be quite as user friendly as the Pronto or RTI T2.

Perhaps my dream remote is on the horizon. For now a good place to go if you would like to research remotes is where they have a ton of reviews, files and forums.

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