I'm still learning a lot about the bigger ones and tried the Mini just for grins. I rigged mine with an OR 16 on the back in lieu of the snap lock from the factory. It deploys very easily and, with the factory snap on the front, it holds and releases .008" braid nicely. It seems much easier and quicker for me to unclip than my full sized boards. Where it really shines for me is when I stumble across structure that I want to test with a planer board but i'm in too much of a rush (read as lazy) to bother with setting up for a proper trolling pass. In literally a few seconds I can attach the mini to the handiest rod, regardless on the line on it, and send it over to a check out a tasty looking weed line or rocky shoreline. I haven't tried it with really deep divers, nor have i used it in serious chop, but it handles spinners with blades to size 7, sticks to 13 cm, and Shad Raps and Flicker Shads to 9 cm with no problem in calm to moderate breezes. The only thing I miss is the tattle flags, but that may become less important as I get better at reading boards. A completely unrelated bonus - my Mini has raised Northerns and Walleyes that it passed over on its way to the target area. Of course it didn't catch anything, but it made me laugh out loud and gave me additional targets to come back for later.
Pros: quick and easy deployment, for spinners and shallow to med cranks, just as fun as their big brothers, reversable, inexpensive compared to full sized
Cons: no tattle flag
Best Uses: when in a hurry to deploy
Would you recommend this product? Yes