I have a TS-480SAT and find it an excellent radio and value. While different, it's form factor (separate control head and radio unit) is space saving of your desk area. The built-in tuner works well. It's digital and remote control ready. I like the display readability and controls layout.
Kenwood has an in-depth manual in addition to the regular manual - it has a wealth of good info and insight into the radio. http://www.kenwood.com/i/products/info/amateur/ts_480/pdf/TS-480_manual_E.pdf