Excellent product for the price point.
I purchased mine in 2014 along with the FTS. I'll try to point out componentry and score based on a 5-point system as this unit would compare with competitors with a 5 being a high score.
The details in this fermenter are what I would expect from a Chinese fabricator. While the finish and welds are nice, they aren't up to the standard of American or German manufacturers. I initially really liked the gallon marks etched on the inside of the fermenter, but in application, I never have the top of the fermenter removed when I am knocking out from the kettle. Additionally, I punched the sides of the fermenter to mount my FTS vertically. Overall, not bad in this department, but definitely room for improvement. 3.5
Fittings. This is where this unit stands apart from its competitors. TC fittings are standard with the exception of the thermowell (I asked if I could get the unit without that hole drilled because I didn't want to deal with a threaded fitting, but the thermowell is nice, and if you run the FTS it is a must-have). Unfortunately, I got mine with the 3-piece ball valves as the butterfly valves weren't yet an offering. The 3-piece ball valves are the only reason why this score is a 4.5 and not a 5. If butterflys were standard, this would be a 5 by a long way. Vastly superior to competitors in this price range. 4.5
Adjustable feet. Great for making the fermenter stand level, but they're a bit of a pain to operate unless you have help. If you have tile like I do, you are constantly fidgeting with the adjustments from one place to the next (I knockout about 20 feet away from where I ferment, typically). Not the end of the world, but not as effective as the three-legged Blichmann (I have one of those as well). 3.5
Lid/gasket combo. The gasket is great. Easy in, easy out, easy to clean silicone. The lid has a pressure relief valve, though a bit hokier than others on the market, but it definitely does the trick. The clamps which hold the lid secure are considerably better than the screw-clamp that the Blichmann and the MoreBeer fermenters use. But they're not perfect. From day one, I have had to use a run of racking tube between the top of the lid, and the bottom of the clamps to tighten the seal. I transfer directly to kegs under CO2, and while you can do that with this fermenter (at 3.5 psi, which is plenty to get the job done; 5 psi would go faster, though), I wasn't able to without my MacGyver'd lid/clamp solution. Mine could be a one-off, or they could have addressed this, but it was an easy solution on my part. Having said that, I wish I wouldn't have had to do that. 4
FTS should really be reviewed separately, but I will say the motor is virtually silent, and when mounted to the side, the coil is incredibly efficient with just an ice block (I use 2-liter coke bottles filled with ice) bath until I want to get into the low 40s (I ferment my lagers in the 50s, so this is really only for cold crashing which isn't effective without a glycol chiller). This was easily the best $275.00 I have spent since I started brewing. 5 (I'd give it more than that, but I don't believe in extra credit)
Overall, I usually use this fermenter if I'm only doing a single batch instead of the Fermenator. I like both, but for the price, this is a much more user-friendly product, and you can produce beers with it that the Fermenator by itself can't (lagers). Out of a total of 5 starts, I'd give this product a 4.2, and though there is room for improvement, the things that need it aren't overly critical.