Companies continue to release new printers every year, but this i3 clone still works near perfect. I haven't had any clogs or jams and prints come out great. Leveling the bed perfectly does take time to learn, but once you do, it is easy to level. Since this is an i3 clone, this is a very well documented and discussed printer. I will say most issues I have seen are user error and no fault of the printer. This printer has a direct driver extruder, which IMO, is superior to all the newer Bowden styles. Driver drive just works. Yes, it can't print quite as fast, but 2.5 vs 3hrs for a print is pretty negligible in the grand scheme of things.
You will see a lot of upgrades for this printer, but most are not needed, so don't start messing with the printer unless you find a manufacturing flaw, which there are few to none. Don't buy into the upgrade hype you will read about. I recently upgraded to an all metal hot end to print other materials. The upgrade took 15 minutes. I also added a mosfet board for potential safety, which i would consider a more advanced upgrade, but not hard if you watch videos. I replaced the y-carriage, but my stock worked fine. A needless upgrade for me, but some people have a warped y-carriage. The z braces are not needed. Upgraded fan cooling is definitely not needed. The y-carriage bearings are loud, but work fine and better than the all plastic ones you will find on Amazon. The included print surface is great for PLA, but glass is needed for other materials. The change I made was to remove one y-carriage bearing on the right side and mount the remaining one in the middle of the right side. Leveling the bed is easier and zero ghosting on the y-axis now. The firmware is old and doesn't have thermal runaway protection, so I would caution against printing while away from the house. For any 3D printer, I would have a smoke detector nearby. Printing in the garage would be best if possible for safety in case of a malfunction and so you don't breathe in filament particles. Lastly, don't use the included version of Cura. Download the version straight from Cura. I get better prints with Slic3r, but Cura is easier and better in some cases. Enjoy!