I have had the kettle for four days now, and here is my impression.
What I like:
It appears to do a pretty decent job holding temperature, seemingly staying within +- 2 degrees of target.
It only requires a handful of button presses to input the target temperature.
The cord keeper in the base is handy, and built so you can adjust how much cord extends out of the base.
The digital readout is bright, very legible, and nicely angled.
The buttons are tactile, and click slightly when you press them.
The handle is reasonably comfortable, and the lid attaches securely, yet it is not difficult to remove.
The pour is very controllable.
The one liter capacity is more than enough to do a pourover for two 8oz cups.
What I don’t like:
The build quality is questionable.
While the goose neck spout appears to be braised or welded to the body of the kettle (it seems pretty sturdy), it was attached crooked (c’mon, seriously?).
The curved bend of the spout is showing a kink in one spot.
The ends of the spout – both where it meets the body and the end where the water exits are poorly finished. The inside where it attaches to the body has hanging “chads” or filings that are obstructing the flow of water, and the end where the water exists has burrs. I suspect that these obstructions are what keep this from flowing as fast as and smoothly as my Hario. I may clean these up myself at some point.
The outside surface finish of the metal is kind of rough. They could, and should, have taken it to another step of smoothness. The surface is rough enough where I could file my nails on it.
The black heating element cover that is attached at the base of the kettle is not seated evenly.
The logo is printed as opposed to being stamped into the metal, and I fully expect it to wear off (this could be a good thing).
The steps to follow (button presses) to set the temperature are easy enough, but I have to press the power button each time I return the kettle to its base.
It comes with a thin, translucent, PE cover for the base to protect it during “frequent use”. Seriously? You mean that this kettle base wasn’t made to handle the inevitable splash of water, and so I have to keep it covered with this ugly plastic cover that looks like I left the packing material on?
The 1 liter max fill level line is stamped on the inside, and while not a big deal, is not easy to see.
Sometimes when heating up, it seems to slow down to a crawl as it approaches the target temperature.
The base feels like a thin piece of plastic.
In conclusion: It operates well, but a bit more attention to fit and finish is needed.