I've had my eye on this product since early last year, but at the time I could only afford a manually adjusted portable dish. So over the course of the year, I've fought tooth and nail with trying to zero in on the satellite signal, sometimes with no luck at all. All of the other reviews raving this product are correct: Within 15 minutes of removing the VuQube from the box, I had my DirecTv up and running. Now that the Qube has the general satellite position stored in its remote, future setups shouldn't take more than 5 minutes max.
My biggest problem with the manual portable dishes is finding a level surface to place it on - not an easy task out in the wild. Without being level, the elevation might be "set" right but physically will be off. The with VuQube, it self levels internally! Gotta love it!
Other reviews I have read, like at Camping World, mentioned the batteries in the remote would be found dead on arrival. I guess they actually shipped the remote with the batteries installed. Seems the VuQube folks read the reviews too. The VuQube I received did include batteries, but separately packaged apart from the remote. They were Energizer batteries (not some no-name brand), but regardless, I just set them aside and installed a couple brand new Duracells. I simply did not want to waste time with the batteries boxed with the product.
Now, onto my one complaint. If you've seen pictures of the VuQube, you might be able to note that the handle is not a "closed" design, meaning you can't use the handle to loop a typical security cable through. When I use the VuQube on camping trips, I want to set it up and forget about it for the weekend. I sure as heck don't want to leave a $700 item sitting in my campsite 24 hours a day totally unsecured and I dont want to have to put it away everytime I leave the campsite or go to sleep.
I did come up with a solution. Just below the handle, at the seam between the upper and lower segments of the VuQube, there is a small hole through the base of the handle, no bigger than the diameter of a pencil eraser (if that). I happened to have a spare gun cable lock handy. The gun lock's cable diameter was just small enough to fit through that hole on the VuQube. I locked the cable lock and now I have a large secured loop which I can loop a regular-sized security cable through (so I can secure it to a picnic table or tree). These gun cable locks can be found at any gun supplier.
Was this product worth $700? A bit steep if you ask me. However, I take several trips a year with my trailer. Each trip, I waste as much as 30-45 minutes setting up the manual dish trying to zero in on the signal. All that time adds up and equates to time wasted in the wild. What I bought with the VuQube is more time. More time to play, to relax, to BBQ, etc. So yes, it's an investment, but one that I believe will eventually pay off in more free time the long run.