Sound — 10
I have an introductory level guitar Ibanez GRX20, and a Fender Deluxe Amp. Although I am fairly new to playing guitar, I have been exposed to different amp sounds and effects for most of my life, and the amp emulations from the Black Box are DEAD ON, when I crank up some Boogie or Deisel, noise through the Fender Deluxe I couldn't tell the difference with my eyes closed. Also the recording quality into the computer is top notch, no buzz or hum just exactly what you hear through the amp or headphones. There are quite a number of effects emulations as well many of which are multiple versions of different effects, and many I wouldn't have a use for but the ones I do use are quite accurate and a lot of fun.
Overall Impression — 10
I play a lot of classic rock and metal, and the Black Box cranks out some classic sounds and effects and that make me smile real big. If it got stolen I'd probably buy another the same day, don't know where I'd be without it. I record a lot of stuff and solo over it, and add drum beats and stuff, this is absolutely perfect for a recording artist or somebody who can't afford a crazy amp but still wants that ripping sound. If you're in the market for a guitar processor should seriously consider the Black Box, just try it out, it stands out in the pack.
Reliability & Durability — 8
Plastic top, but a metal bottom and sides, seems like It could survive some time on the road but I wouldn't beat it up like I could with a big chunky metal distortion pedal, I did scratch the screen in the first day of owning it so could be a little more durable.
Ease of Use — 10
My Black Box Reloaded is running firmware 2 which makes it very easy to use. Getting different effects and amp sounds is as easy as you could possibly imagine. The manual well written and clear, worth a read. Couldn't have designed an easier Machine. Connecting to the computer and recording riffs with the included software is as easy as connecting a USB port and playing.