I love mine.
Been using it for six years and done lotsa
DXing and contests.
For the $$$, lots of features for a small price.
The key is, "for the $$$"...There are always trade offs
between high end and low end equipment.
One thing I do NOT LIKE, but due to price it is enevitable.
You must learn to use the menus to setup all the functions
and switch between menus to turn on filters, toggle VFO-A & VFO-B,
turn attenuator, preamp, NB etc on and off.
Can be labor intensive. I get messed up all the time, but
after some use, it becomes easier.
Also, the display is not that large and the switches that are there
(band, mode, dsp enable, rit enable, etc) are not back-lit.
One thing I really like is the Digital Input jack on the rear panel
and the fact it has a dedicated DIGITAL mode.
You can set levels in the digi mode and NOT have
to mess with digital input via the microphone connector.
I can switch from phone to digital in seconds.
No cables to plug in, no levels to change, no need to turn
off processor or other functions, just verify the digi mode you
want (options are: RTTY-L, RTTY-U, PSK31-L, PSK31-H, USER-L
& USER-H) The different modes change the sideband automatically.
I also didn't have to buy a digital interface (Like a RigBlaster)
I made a simple cable for a few $$$ to intetrface my laptop
to the radio input.