I've used a Philips Pronto for several years and really like it. It may be more complex than what you're looking for, but it has tremendous flexibility to expand it's usefullness as your needs dictate. I love the macro feature; I've programmed several macros to turn on all my components and set them to play back CD's, DVD's, HBO, etc. Once you've done the initial work (somewhat tedious but not very complicated) to program the macros one button does the rest. Nifty! I believe there is a Pronto for sale on Agon right now. You don't need the latest and greatest, so you should be able to pick one up for $100-$200.
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Hoping for a simple answer? It's never that easy! :-) Here's another site to do some research. This one called Remote Central seems to have lots of "Remote" information (with a name like that, you'd sure hope so!). Bob.
Thanks guys. I checked ALL of these out this morning, and indeed Ellen might like the Pronto for our HT (thinking Hannukah/Xmas), but I think I'll just borrow a dealer/friend's Audio Refinement Complete silver joystick, as I remember it being being particularly well-designed, if not necessarily logical (c'est francais, n'est-ce pas?).
I just need 4 buttons, operation in the dark without eerie green glow, and a bit more resemblance to the opposite armchair-side Pass Teutonia instead of Japanese Rice. Cheers.