If you know the husband-wife team, Amanda & Myles Burkemper, they'll champion the Zymatic--which helped them win the Best of Show in the biggest local competition (KC Biermeisters) last February. They used theirs to tweak their Schwarzbier recipe--and won the scale-up at KC Bier Co. We've brewed their Schwarzbier on ours, and it turned out great.
There's a whole community of Zymatic owners--quite a few here in KC. When you brew, you can see who else is actively brewing at the same time via the PicoBrew software. You can also watch the progress of your brew via smartphone, if you have to run an errand.
Come in for a demo; you'll be impressed at the convenience. Yes, the price is a little much for most people that started with the basics--but then, there's quite a few homebrewers locally that are going all-electric (and sell their big old propane setups). I haven't yet met a commercial brewer that uses it for a pilot brew--but there are testimonials from PicoBrew.
This is sorta like downsizing from the big surburban 5 bedroom to an urban loft..you don't have to own a garage or basement to brew excellent beers!