The Tx-500 caught my eye for 2 reasons. Form factor and the appearance of weather sealing. Now that the rig has transitioned from vaporware to a shipped product, I'm keeping an eye on it. Since I own a KX2, I just went ahead, got the armor kit/cover and a nice dry bag. At my age, one doesn't stand out in the rain and try to work HF....I did way too much of that while active duty with my PRC radios. Could Elecraft have put a heavy duty case on the rig? Sold the rig with a $0.50 cover for the key port? Not left the programming interface exposed? Sure. But $0.03 worth of electrical tape fixed the case/board exposure 'issue'. I have to believe Elecraft built the radio for the majority of the operator - folks that have the $ to purchase the rig. Those decisions are why the radio is built the way it is. The Tx-500 is nice, but - I'm more excited about the QCX Mini that should hit the market in the very near future. I'm very happy with my SW-3B. I had a MFJ-9200 (HS-1A) and at one time, a PFR-3A, but both went out the door, replaced by the SW-3B. The reason is - form factor. My point? I'm looking for a small, solid QRP radio (CW or SSB) that is light, and easy to use in the field. IOW Trail Friendly. Not everyone cares for that aspect. Closing - I'm happy to watch the videos about different rigs. Some contain technical material and others seem to focus on the operations side. I rarely make a purchase decision based on a video. I'm still 'happy' that the folks produce the videos - and that I get to make my decision based on my criteria.... The videos are part of the decision process. Again, my thanks tot he OP for taking the time to shoot, edit and post the video - that is real work and time invested.