It's... so, so.
My Minilab, came NEW, in the box, with BOTH feaux wood ends unglued, detached from the unit and rustling around in the box. Pretty poor quality when you can't keep a decorative feature simply glued to the product.
On the other hand, there is no need for these stupid imitation "wood" ends on the device and they only serve to ad about an inch to the entire width of the device, so I've left them off. If it wasn't for the black plastic nibs that stick out of the unit and are intended to go into two partial holes on the backside of the "wood" end caps, the unit looks sleeker, and better without them.
I personally am NOT a fan of the "wood" ended look that Arturia seems to be so proud of. I think it looks like a dumb, unaesthetic amalgam of modern and old. It reminds me of when super high tech, MODERN luxury cars put a traditional, round, ANALOG clock in the dash for an "upscale old timey" look. I think it looks stupid.
The rotary encoders and pads feel nice, and connection to my Mac was instant and hassle free and I think I might actually prefer touch strips to the traditional mod and pitch wheels. Good going there!
For $100 though, I feel like I'm really just buying the software with a bonus controller thrown in, so I won't be too hard on it.
As for the software... the sounds haven't impressed me much, but I'm not sure this is Arturia's fault. Maybe I was just expecting too much, or something different from these "analog classics". Arturia REALLY should offer a DEMO of Analog Lab, but for some reason, they don't. Red flag?
The fidelity isn't bad, but the tones seem... canned and lifeless to me. I really like the chord feature of the software panel where you can easily hear how a certain patch sounds as a chord. That one feature alone bumps this package up another star.
Perhaps I haven't spent enough time with it, but at the moment, I don't think Analog Lab is going to end up being the defacto sounds workhorse that I was hoping it would be. I don't foresee myself reaching for this plugin as much as I was hoping to. Then again... perhaps these tones are indeed very good simulations of their respective hardware. I wouldn't know, and perhaps I had misconceived notions about these "classic sounds".
Lately, I find myself drawn to very modern sounding, digital, additive and fm synthesis, so maybe these tones are just not appealing to what my ears are in the mood for at the moment.
All in all... I don't hate or love it yet. It's just kind of... there. One more thing. Arturia's licensing/registration process, EVEN OF THEIR DEMO PRODUCTS is a nightmarish, confusing, error message laden performance of of hoop jumping! For THIS reason alone, I would be hard pressed to even consider another Arturia product. I'll give another review in about a year and see if any of my opinions have changed.