Ive had it for several days now and am very pleased. The only gripe I had was that it should come with a screen for the top of the load. Had to use my own, trimmed to size. With a fine grind and no screen, crumbs are in your mouth instantly. A screen (3/8"?) tamped on the load solves that issue, preventing the material from caking up on the MP filter and reaching your mouth. I also put a piece of cotton in the MP itself, between the stem and the unscrewable filter. Very smooth vapor. Performance wise, I have NO idea why VapeCritic would be so disappointed with the Gaia while giving a positive review of the Alfa which I also own. The Gaia's vapor is cooler, allowing for longer draws. Taste wise, they're pretty equal but the Gaia will get you better low temp taste simply because of the precise temp control (the alfas lowest setting is 375f, not that low). I've never vaped at 340f until now - no clouds, but it tastes heavenly. Neither vape is good for very small loads and 0.15 is the smallest I would go. As with all conduction vapes it starts to take on that roasted flavor as you temp step and reach full extraction, but I dont mind (I don't think either of these vapes taste like 'burnt popcorn' at the end). Good cloud production when you crank the heat, without the vapor feeling hot. The 3 minute auto shutoff (or is it 4?) was annoying at first but I like it now, it probably helps conserve the material (and the battery) a bit more for me when I'm off in lala land and forget how long my session has been going. Perfectly even extraction, no stirring needed. Good pickup for me. Dare I say this vape might cure my VAS? Just hoping it holds up.