Like you I am new to this whole smoking thing. I started with a uds because someone I knew had one and wasn't using it.
The first time I used it I was amazed at how easily the temp was to control and how great the food was. The second time was even better because by the I had found this forum and studied it a little more than the wife would have liked.(that is until she tasted the food).
The uds I have is a simple version with only magnets over holes for control. Works so well I am now working on a second with more features just for fun.
I have virtually no experience compared to so many here and so much to learn but wanted to share my experience.