Yep, at half price you can afford to upgrade to the digital controller.
As a comp implement I have no opinion.
As a backyard implement its an awesome addition to the arsenal. Mine does great brisket(or any beef roast for that matter). It is a small smoker so you are not feeding a huge crowd. Wife even uses it. Some use it just for chicken, I like charcoal better for that.
Pete-my first UDS,a brick pizza WFO, a leaky Chargriller offest, wifes Weber Genesis gasser,a Lightening Fast RED Thermapen, baby Traeger, One-touch copper Kettle