Summary: The remote didn't work as I had hoped it would. It's just not a reliable remote for even the simplest setup. For example, I programed the remote to work with my DVR. When trying to fast forward through the commercials, I was often unable to get the touch screen to react fast enough to stop at the desired point. This caused a lot of unnecessary frustration. The remote seems like it isn't quite production ready. I would consider the Logitec Harmony instead.
Summary: Using a universal remote should make things easier, not harder. I didn't find the Philips RC9800i useful at all. Ergonimically, it was impossible to use with one hand. To top that off, you needed to use the stylus for most activities since buttons on the screen were somewhat small (oh, and there's no holder for the stylus... so very easy to lose track of). Controls are not intuitive and setting it up right, while not incredibly hard, does not lead to an easy interface.
The RC9800I will not even control its own products
Ted Hartman "Ted", Amazon
7 December 2006
Summary: I got the remote on Dec 7th and it ships back to where I bought it on December 11th. It will not control their own DVD player (DVD 5140) it will not turn off devices after they are used when you switch to something else. I have had most of the remotes costing over 500.00 and am a pro installer and remote programmer. I promise you, you will not like this remote. I have no clue how and why Philips thought they could bring this remote to market as they have. What a waste.