I have the front panel model and for production, I never use the front panel. It’s 100% Emote. Emote is better and easier than the front panel.
I have used the front panel a little with development of new algorithms via VSIG to help me diagnose bugs or crashes, but I’m on the cutting edge somewhat. The only thing that I need the front panel for at the moment is to export custom algorithms to the USB stick.
The only other scenario I could foresee the front panel having utility is at a gig if I need to change FX on the fly and don’t have space for a laptop.