Robert Kane raises an interesting point about the reader/reviewer relationship. The reviewer does his best to give you HIS appariasal of a product. That does not mean it's what you will necessarily think about the same product. But, over time, if the reviewer does a good job in his review, describing the product and his criteria, you will be able to make a better judgment about the product because of the review.
And no review can take into account a presentation that can make even a "bad" trick play well.
Reread Mike Close's review and see how he gives his reasons for his conclusions, something he always does (because he is an excellent reviewer). Richard Kaufman does the same in his brief comment here. If you don't agree with what they are saying, you might like the product (as, indeed, you seem to).
That doesn't make Michael, or Richard, or Jeff Ezell, or you, for that matter, wrong. And it does not diminish the importance of the review.
A review is a tool to help you make a decision. Sometimes it can be used to help the product's creator improve the product itself. It is not some kind of universal edict about a product's worth.