I've always had a problem with various parts breaking on french presses, but this one is nice and solid. The plastic handle is connected to the fully formed base, rather than a metal ring on some models, which makes it pretty sturdy. The plunger action and screen work together very well, I have yet to get any bits in my drink. Cleaning is quick and easy, but make sure you don't lose the parts when you disassemble the screen, as there are small parts.
My only beef is that the beaker is not insulated very well. You could pour excess into a thermos or something, but I really do prefer to use the unit to store the next cup and it cools a little too quickly.
Overall, this is a very good french press, I would recommend it for the casual coffee drinker who want to up their caffeine intake.