Critiques I see online:
-The remote control/ game controller form-factor is designed for teenagers, gives people over 30 Carpal-Tunnel.
-Built-in sounds are super generic.
-8 of the Tracks are actually not audio related and, unless you learn how to work with the unity game engine, limited to the gimmicky animations that quickly grow old.
-You need an iPad to make to the most of it anyways.
-If the OP-1 is any indication, ports will be fragile and the battery may not charge as a result.
That said, I picked up a Teenage Engineering PO-33 myself for my birthday and it has definitely impressed me!
This guy is a calculator-sized sampler and sequencer. You have 8 slots for “melodic” samples which are just one shots but they have diatonic transposition, and is pretty easy to play. You also get 8 “drum” slots that have 16 automatically generated slices per slot and works superbly. The sequencer can only play 4 samples at a time, but seriously it’s a lot of fun. My only complaint is that the silicone case I got for it was a nightmare to get on (in fact I tore it while getting it on) but it does make the buttons feel less pokey.
Yeah, Teenage Engineering is a pretty awesome company, and their products have way more going on behind the screen than the toy-like appearance would suggest.