I cant compare the two because i only know EC but...
good: You can get and install tho whole program without a license and then try it with the full functionality without first buying it.
Bad: its not easy to understand how to use it without going to training.
Bad: the student mode gives you all functionality and i found out the hard way that there are 3, 4 and 5 axis milling licens versions. and also basic, advanced and professional for atleast 3axis version.
if you make molds i would say you have to get the professional version.
The strategy manager is good if you have big volumes of parts to process but it costs extra.
I know i did not answed your question but maybe it helps anyway to understand the costs (this was a thing my reseller never told me about before he sold me the wrong version)