I'll admit to being seduced by the machined housing and water resistant nature of a radio designed to be operated outdoors but, after a cold shower and the resulting clarity of thought, I'm now considering cancelling the order for two reasons.
First off is the delay when using the CW memory keyer function. Check out the video posted by Thomas K4SWL:
When Thomas activates the keyer - transmission doesn't start until two seconds later. This might be trivial when operating at 15 wpm or less but at faster speeds, it becomes increasingly significant. Not so much when calling CQ but when the receiving station is waiting for an expected reply to a 20+ wpm exchange, the chance of "doubling" increases as he, failing to hear your reply, sends his part of the exchange again...just as your rig finally begins to transmit.
The second reason is that there's no way to interact with the designers of this radio regarding this issue. And that really is the main reason for the looming cancellation of my order.
Is Lab599 working on a correction to the CW delay? Do they consider it an issue that needs attention? I have no way of knowing. No doubt an IO.group will soon be formed dedicated to this rig. Will the designers participate?
No one knows.
If I cancel this order (I'm waiting on a response to these question from Lab599) it'll be a reversal of the norm - Thomas will have saved me money!