I bought this item because I thought it looked great, and I love the fact that the birds can only eat from one side of it. I have too many feeders where birds can eat all around it, and as a result you can get birds eating behind the feeder (and thus the feeder blocks your view of them). No such issues with this feeder, whatever bird is eating from it, I can see perfectly from my living room chair. This feeder is really well made and is beautiful in appearance. I prefer this version over the red one, but the red one looks very good as well. Because I have it on a pole with a squirrel baffle I can't really speak to the squirrel be gone feature. I can say that it looks great, and the birds love it. I have yet to see any large birds try to eat from it. The biggest I have had is the Northern Mockingbird, and the smallest has been the Carolina Chickadee. This is the best looking feeder I have ever had and it is quickly be coming my birds favorite. I am feeding sunflower seeds mixed with C&S suet nuggets in it.
I attached a picture of the original one I received that was damaged (not the best picture), as well as a video from the new replacement I got which is permanently in my yard. If this review helped I would appreciate a thumbs up vote. Best of luck in your shopping and let me know if I can help in anyway.