This coffee maker has a control for "strong" brew, which is great, because I can make a proper cup this way. Also, it comes with a "water filter" that sits on top of the coffee basket. This has the added effect of keeping the grounds in the filter better, so I can almost fill the basket with grounds, without having them end up in my cup. The result of these 2 features is that I can make an amazingly strong pot of coffee, just the way I like it.
The timer dial is a bit trippy, but has worked just fine for us.
Overall, I would have to say this is one of the best coffee makers I have ever used, and the price point makes it an excellent value.
I strongly recommend this product.