I found the TS480SAT to be very new-user friendly and very versitile. Want to do CW? It has both a straight key jack and a paddle jack. Want to do digital? It's practically plug-and-play and is a GREAT digital rig. Phone? No problem. I got unsolicited reports of fantastic audio from just the stock mic. Want to be able to always rearrange your desk and not commit to the rig taking up one spot? Mount the base of the unit under the desk and just move the head unit around. It has most of the commonly used functions right on the head unit or only one function down on the multi-function buttons.
My only complaint is that the DSP is AF based instead of IF based but it does have two slots for optional filters (mine are both filled with CW filters since I am primarily a CW and digital op) and once those filters are installed, the rig really works great in a QRM-rich environment. I've used mine for ragchews and contests and it keeps coming back for more.
I also own an Elecraft K3 and I quite often reach for the TS480 because it's such a fun little rig to use. That's my recommendation.