LOL really touched with this one
Right, as I said before all single lever controls I've used (and this doesn't count for the 703 as I haven't used it yet) have had a very slight pause when you go from neutral to move. It really isn't noticeable except on big inboards where the cable is moving big gears around. It's still been there on the outboards I've used but nothing you would notice. However for the fluid movement of already being in gear plus being that use to using this type of control I like it. The technique of going from forwards to reverse is easy to master and yes it is easier with single but once your used to it it's easy.
Biggest down fall as you say is the trim switch being away from the column.
Not forgetting something here lads, I didn't start this thread by saying you should all use this system it's better than what you've got. I like it, can't say it enough. And just wanted to know if anyone had done it and where was the best place to shop.
Looking around at the prices of a decent twin lever that would fit a console, it looks an expensive I could do with using elsewhere. Idea for the future though.