I recently purchased this arcade stick after feeling frustrated with the difficulty of pulling off specific moves on the standard controller, and having played with one of my friends ones to get a feel of what they are like.
It cost more than I had originally thought, but it was so worth it, it makes playing Street Fighter so much more enjoyable, it's easier to pull off moves and you don't get blisters on your thumb after 5 minutes of playing.
The slant on the front of the base really helps with comfort as well, I play with the stick on my knee, which seems the perfect position, it is very comfortable and doesn't move around at all.
The size of the base is good as well, larger than the Hori 2 I had previously tried.
All the buttons are very responsive and the stick is a good stiffness. I originally had reservations about the square gate on the stick, but it has provided no difficulty at all.
I am new to the street fighter games, having only ever rented them in the past and never actually got good. With this arcade stick I have significantly noticed my playing abilities increase, as it's no longer a fight against the opponent and the controller.
So overall, nothing but positives for this stick, yes it is pricey, but worth it. I wouldn't pay the 150 pounds for the top of line model, but at 70 I can't complain about this one.