The new remote has a better overall feel and the button response is improved (I've opened up factory sealed packs on several of the older style for direct age/use comparing). I do feel however they woefully missed the mark not having discrete stop or pause buttons plus it wrankles me that they would issue a "bedroom class" device to control their flagship DVR which *screams* for a dedicated PIP control section. Technically, PIP functions well, using it is truly cumbersome. Sigh
Maybe they created the "universal model first to support across the newer product line and they'll go back and make an HMC class version.
There is this move to use smartphones and such as remotes across the industry but when you really think about it. . . on, swipe to enter, (password protected? type that in), hope remote app is still resident, issue commands. I think this is a great novel concept that in reality will become a relic for everyday use.
I do see tablet like devices being leveraged however as a central control panel to schedule recordings, check schedules, etc eventually though but maybe thats my meds talking.
Don "remembering when I had to get up to change the TV to get the other channel, we're miles ahead of that now" Bolton