I said this over on Gearslutz, but it's an odd box. I'll go days without looking at it and I'll start to think "you know what, I don't need another paper weight" but within minutes of turning it on "to make my mind up" I'm cheesing and having a great time.
I think Akai will deliver to some sort of mid point. Not enough for many but likely enough for me. I think it's a box with holding on to for those, like me, who scored one at the original price.
Beatmaker has turned my head but honestly, I just find it such a buzz kill getting things working nicely on iPads. My xkey is plug and play in theory (it is with my Live!) But I always need a couple of minutes of fannying around to get it working with the iPad. That's one example of various things.
It's an interesting one for sure. Interested to hear what @AikiGhost makes of Beatmaker - sure he said he was looking into it.
Sorry, didn't mean to twist things into a Vs post there.