The build is of decent quality, doesn't feel cheap for the price at all. Works fine right out of box, plug and play. All buttons and stick have the same arcade stick feel. Best money I've spent. Local store has the Mad Catz SF IV TE stick, but the design looks childish, looks like its trying too hard in terms of looks and actually turns me off. I like the simplistic tone on the Hori stick.
Only wish it was maybe a couple of lbs heavier, otherwise it's been a joy to use.