My HE is on the way and I have a couple of choices still to make, so hopefully I can get some great insights from you guys.
In terms of IR control, I'm considering either a Logitech Harmony hub or the Broadlink RM Pro+
Pro for the Broadlink is that it runs local (I think) and supports RF so I can easily add a couple of non-critical, cheap RF plugs if I would like. The hub itself is pretty cheap too.
Con is that the app required to set it up is quite pervasive but I assume after setup I can get rid of it.
Pro for the Harmony is that it is more widely supported (though not officially but apparently the integration with HE is working quite well).
Con is that it's a lot more expensive and that a recent change from Logitech has made this cloud-only. I don't know if the firmware downgrade that exists for users that updated their existing Harmony would apply to the latest hardware incarnations if I buy one now, so not sure how easy it would be to go back to local usage for the Harmony if I buy one now.
Personall leaning towards the RMPro for now, but look forward to hearing your thoughts on this or any other alternatives that I'm overlooking.