I like a lot of the things about this machine. SMTC, no chips in the pockets. More Z room...
I would really like Haas to build one with a real casting. More rigidity and real HP numbers, not marketing junk.
I also think Haas has a problem with machine overlap. For just a bit more, you get a VF2.
There are a lot of start up companies that are in the garage. Haas loyalty is pretty strong. Make a machine like this that is a step up from the mini, but still marketed to the garage shops and their budget.