Sorry, I realized I got a little testy there after I clicked "submit" and would have preferred to tone that down a bit. Fucking Slashdot: I've been bitching for *years* that they should allow editing of posts. Even if it was within a 5-minute window, that'd be a huge help while preventing people from radically changing posts after they've been replied to. (Or, just lock them down as soon as they get replied to.) Maybe these new owners will *finally* fix this.
Anyway, I stand by my recommendation for the FX-888d for most use. It doesn't have all the fancy features of the others (though the 30-minute inactivity timer sounds really nice; I've left mine on overnight accidentally a few times), but as long as you don't need to change tip temperature regularly it works great. I've soldered thousands of joints with mine. But I do admit the UI is pretty lame.
Maybe I'll upgrade to that 951 later.