Wow, are you serious? A $500 remote! I love my toys but there is no way I could spend that kind of money on a remote control. Sorry, no offense but I've got a $25 Sony that controls anything I have ever tried. To each his own I guess.
touchscreens look cool but.... if you need to use the remote lots they are insanely annoying, here is the scenario
for dvr usage you need to actively use the 'skip forward / backward' feature (or watch commericals)
while watching live tv a person tends to channel surf
when you have those controls via touchscreen you need to visually look at the remote before using the feature, that is annoying and gets to be a pain in the tail
because of these scenarios i've traditioned our remotes away from ones like the sony commander and the harmony one towards the harmony 880
currently we have both the harmony one and the 880, the 880 is leading the preference pack due to the dvr button being tactial vs. touch