I feel like with all of the crazy e-juice vaporizers people use, no one will look twice at a Pax! I want the silver Pax 3 thinking it will help hide scratches (I'd choose any colour Pax 2). The black is sexy. A skin is a great idea because a case would probably overheat the unit. I'm willing to pay for the quicker heat up time in this case. Ridiculous, I know.. it's $200 difference (Canadian)! I'm impatient. The included half load lid is great too, no need to buy separate. These are the factors making me choose the new version. Their performance is similar. I plan to use this unit for a long time so I don't want it to be outdated next year. PS if you keep an eye on the classifieds you'll run into a cheap Pax 2. People are selling them to upgrade. If I wanted a Pax 2 I'd wait for the 4/20 sales!