Summary: I bought this to replace a Panasonic microwave I had for about 10 years. The old one still worked, but I wanted the stainless steel look to match my other updated appliances. The dial took some getting used to, but in the end is more convenient than punching in a time. The display seems a little dim if you look at it from anything other than straight on. The unit worked great until about two weeks ago (about 16 months of ownership).
Summary: I HAVE ALWAYS OWNED PANASONIC MICROWAVE OVENS--I PASS THEM DOWN AFTER ABOUT 10 YEARS OF USE BECAUSE OF STYLE CHANGES.
I WAS NOT DISAPPOINTED WHEN THE NEW ONE ARRIVED. I LOVE THE NEW SLEEK DESIGN. IT HAS GREAT INSTANT FEATURES AND I AM SURE IT WILL LAST ANOTHER 10 YEARS.
Summary: I really liked this microwave, up until it suddenly when code blue (alright, code H98).
After exactly 3 months it suddenly displayed H98 in the screen and stopped working altogether, except for the clock. I looked up the code on the web, and it seems the problem is the magnatron and/or the inverter. Not something I want to mess with. Fortunately the retailer from whom I bought it took it back.