Just another $.02 here- My standard soldering equipment for the past 15 years or so has been the Weller WMP Micro Pencil and the WSP80. I understand that a lot of people don't prefer Weller anymore, but those units have been satisfactory for what I would call "serious hobby" use. However, based on many positive reviews of the Hakko FX-888D, I decided to purchase one along with a bunch of tips as a "science project." While it is certainly a competent iron, my personal view is that it is quite large for circuit board work. Yes, you can get very small tips, but the design of the handpiece puts your fingers quite a distance from the work which makes precise control difficult. No problem using it for larger connectors and vintage gear, but personally I don't think it is the best choice for modern electronics. Perhaps the Hakko FX-951, maybe I'll pick one up one day when I get some "mad money." But, for now, I'm sticking with the old Weller WMP for circuit boards. Now, if your standard of comparison is an Ungar or Lenk or American Beauty, the FX-888D is truly magnificent.