Personally, I use a Digitrax UT4R to run with, and steal a 400/402 to program or consist, then go right back to my UT4R. In either case, I prefer the palm-sizers to the bigger controls. The UT4 has the same large nob and directional flipper. It's downside, is you cannot turn off the track power, consist, or program, but for just running, I don't think it can be beat. Or rather, one could likely beat it with a baby sledge and she'll still work.
In fact, word is that the UT4 was design specifically so it could run trains, and ijits couldn't be able to fubar the layout programming. You get stop, go forward, go back, and the noisemaker buttons. That's it.
The one thing I did like when I used a guy's NCE was the Macros option. Instead of throwing one switch at a time, you could prgram entire switch routes to a single number, and out of his staging yard, that was a handy thing. As far as hand-fit, the NCE version of the UT4 was nice, but I couldn't quite so mindlessly run it at the side of my leg like I could the Digitrax. As you say though, Bias.
My advise: Anything you need a 40X for, your computer can do. If you want a wireless throttle, get the UT4. Leave the fancy junk in the programming area. Unless you're running 28function MTH equipment, the UT4 will do what you need and then some.
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