dconfer (if you are still here) or anyone else that is interested:
I am considering purchasing this remote and have read through this entire thread (whew!). Here is what I take away from the previous 258 posts, as far as negatives of the XSight Touch:
1)… it can only control (via RF) a single DirecTV receiver. TRUE
2)… it’s “a lemon if you have more than one device that changes channels” [see post #193] FALSE. This was taken out of context. Each activity can have it's own channel changing device just like harmony. I believe the OP wanted several favorites lists for different devices, which is a different issue.
3)… you cannot customize soft button placement [#193]. FALSE. Soft buttons can go anywhere. There are restrictions though. Once you place them on a page, you can move them anywhere on that page. To move a button to a different page, you must delete it and place it again. OP is correct that they fill in reverse order, one page at a time. It just requires some planning to get the layout you want.
4)… Activity and Device soft buttons share the same screen. Soft buttons for one appear for the other [#193]FALSE. This doesn't make sense to me. An activity that uses 4 devices, for instance, certainly doesn't have 4 devices worth of soft buttons. It has whatever buttons you added to the activity.
5)… "when you power off, it does NOT return to the home screen – it stays in whatever mode you were" [#193]. TRUE. But all you have to do is press the HOME button.
6)… it’s hard to program. This point was made in several posts, see #221 for example. Sort of. It's more frustrating than harmony, but not by much. Once you understand how it works, it's not so bad.
7)… it may be problem with Toggle On And Off devices … This point was made in several posts, see #258 above for example. TRUE. Xsight, like most remotes, doesn't track device states. Harmony is somewhat unique in that ability.
In my case, issues 1 and 2 don’t apply. Issues 3 and 4 are “only” an inconvenience. Issues 5, 6 and 7 are significant, though. I need to understand 7 better (for my own specific equipment).
Anyone else like to add more shortcomings? Did I summarize all this well?
Of course there are plenty of pluses too. To name a few … seems solidly made, works natively (via RF) with DirecTV receivers (even includes colored buttons and “List” button), RF capable, has macro capability, good key layout, nice backlighting, etc.
Hope this helps,
Edit: (tom robertson) removed the font tags altogether.
Great job assembling what's in this thread. No offense to the OP's, but unfortunately much of it is false. I'm no fan of this remote, but it does work fairly well. See my edits above.
This remote works differently from harmony. Activities are just macros on Xsight. They're not really states like they are in harmony. If you accept that, it works pretty well. If you expect it to be a harmony clone, you'll be disappointed.
I was disappointed in the battery life. But that may have been due to the heavy programming I did early on.
If you post your equipment, I can probably tell you if it all has discretes or not. Many devices without discretes have other commands that work just as well.
All that being said, I'd still take a harmony over xsight any day.
Edited by mdavej, 26 October 2009 - 11:33 PM.