FWIW, I have an SP Star and I am really glad I spent the extra $100 for a remote, which is the only difference between the Star and the Lite. I've had mine since February 2010 and used it on average about an hour a week and it still runs great. I used it this morning in fact.
A Head Microgel Radical, a Neos 1k, and a Silent Partner Star. Life is good.