I love it, although I have little to compare it to (never had a canister or a drilled tank). I have had it for 2 days, switching out a PVC overflow that I used for about a year. The 1200 comes with two drains/bulkheads in the back box, I put a ball valve on one of them. If I mess around with the ball valve, I can make it as quiet as a HOB.
It has no problem keeping up with a Rio pump that is 1200 gal/hour or ~900 gal/hr at 4 feet.
Glad you like it. I had thought about going that route when I bought my used 180g. But the 180 ended up coming with a brand new FX5 and a Marineland C360 so I added a couple of HOB's along with the canisters to save the money. What did you pay for your set up?
I started last February, buying when I found a good deal or a good sale. Took me about 2 months to have enough of the stuff to get it up and running.
$100 - 75 gallon tank (craiglist)
$66 - Eshopps 1200
$60 - Rio 20HF pump
$14 - Heavy duty rubbermaid-like tub ~30 gallons
$30 - all the tubing/pvc
$14 - T12 stoplight
Free - Stand was was built out of scrap 2x6 and scrap wainscoting.
Not yet installed is a auto-drip water change.
$8 - refrigerator self-tapping water line
$10 - bulkhead for sump (to drain into the sewer)