In the end after researching polishers until your eyes cross, you just have to pick one. I like this one. The soft starts are good, I don't take issue with the way the power switch and speed buttons work. This has had the cutting power I need when combined with MF pads and M105 and foam with m205. I do like the softer backing plate more for polishing than correcting. The harder backing plate makes quicker work of corrections, but that is the benefits of having both, use the least aggressive of the two until you have a feel for it. Hopefully this thing lasts me a while.