Here are the features I wanted:
- Low cost
- Small size
- Built-in ATU
- Spectrum display
- Single-cable interface to PC
There are a handful of radios that fit this criteria, most notably the Yaesu FT-991A - said to be the 7300's nearest competitor. I ruled that choice out due to not needing or wanting to pay for V/UHF and for its lack of an included ATU.
The IC-7300 has been out for 3 years now and the reviews are still overwhelmingly positive. With rebates available, the value offered by the 7300 was difficult to pass up and I believe it will be ideal for its intended purpose and other various portable operations where vehicle power is available.
Like others have said, many menu items are intuitive and I have the pdf manual open for those that aren't and have set the CW filter bandwidths and waterfall spans to what I want them to be. The a few quick CW QSO's gave me a feel for the T/R break-in, sidetone adjustments and a few other parameters.
I can see the reason for the high reviews it continues to achieve. As with the mcHF and the Flex, it is nice to see all of the band activity on the band at a glance, without having to tune through the band listening.