Microsoft has done the Halo franchise it's due with this accessory. From the box to the little extras (i.e. the Covenant Banshee avitar prop). As with all offical Microsoft licensed controllers, this one is very solid and has a good feel, especially with the fiish they have given the controller. The finish has a very subtle texture to it on the sliver parts(more so then the standard controller) that gives it a bit better grip. The overall looks are just gorgeous for a controller. The silver matte finish and the subtle black detail lines go perfectly. Also the black buttons, control configuration and battery cover add to the looks very well. The crome "X" button is just icing on the cake.
Now, it has been years since I have purchased a new controller, so it just may be a lack of comparison, but the controller felt a little extra responsive in the "D" pad and the sticks. You will have to judge that for yourself.
Finally, the extras. First, the controller comes with 2 Duracell batteries to power it up and then there is the the exclusive Covenant Banshee avitar prop. I have to admitt I play with the xbox avitar from time to time but it is not over important to me, but I have to admit the Banshee flying around your avitar, while "you" are holding the new Reach controller, is pretty cool.
Over all I am very, very pleased with this controller and feel the money for this controller was well spent. If you are like me and have not purchased a new controller for some time, now is the time, you will not be disappointed.