Overall I really like this controller. It has a nice feel and balance similar to the JR-R1. Has the ease of use like the M8, and the precision of the KO Mars... The rubber grips on the handle (as well as rubber stops covering the charge, dcs, ear connectors) was a pleasant surprise.
I honestly feel this menu system is the easiest and quickest to get around in. And yes even easier than the M8. The DIR button to get to the quick menu was a good idea. I have my fav items on the quick and I can move through the menu without even looking (count the beeps)
The HRS doesn't seem any faster, but has very good range on a freshly charged controller and a very compact size as well. With the added bonus of fail safe it's my choice for this controller.
The very usable timer, programable buttons, multi color LED, user-name display, and trick backlit LCD really put it over the top.
If you don't have a controller or are looking to upgrade.. this is one heck of a deal. You get all the R-1 has to offer at a price less than an M8. Go Futaba
Only concerns to date is the LCD. With this being the first run of a new LCD component (the rest of the internals are pretty much similar to the 3PJS) there may be a hand full of contorllers that have... not really problems, but hickups. My LCD at times gets a line down the side... Nothing that causes problems, just something it shouldn't do. We'll test out the Futaba warranty system in the off season