Summary: this was the first hitachi product i have bought, i had heard good things prior tho. the saw is certainly different to look at, and has a soft rubbery feel (and smell) its about the same weight as all the others i have used. speed variation is good as is the pendulum which you can physically see the difference in strokes.
Summary: Plenty of power - cuts worktops at about 10mm/sec using a laminate blade. Nice range of adjustments and a good solid case to store it in. Good weight to it - feels like it should last for a few years. Shame there's no fence supplied.