I have an RC2000mkII and love it. You can create macros, etc. It looks complex because it has alot of buttons, but then again, you don't need to page through alot of menus to get to what you want. It is not as hard as it looks to program, but if you put the book away for several months, you'll need to get it back out the next time you want to make changes (or is my brain turning to mush with age??). The instruction manual is well written. Durable? YES. Mine is 3 years old and going strong. Real nice soft touch rubberized buttons. Just adjust the light features to minimum to save on batteries. Might be a little large for one handed operation for some. But a very flexible unit. It has worked with all of my gear, TV, satellite dish, VCR, etc. I would recommend it.