This game is not Pay 2 win, it is Pay 2 advance quicker. If you play this game for any time you will find that there is little need to pay for anything, I have played for a year and bought GS for the first time this week to help pay for the server costs because I want the game to stick around.
This video is so outdated. The game has changed a lot and so has the interface. The gameplay which is shown here is now a very small part of the overall game.
The way micropayments work is still pretty much how TCB explains.
Paid ships are no better than any other in the game except it has the maximum synergy and any ships can get to max synergy fairly quickly.
In this video TotalBiscuit has bought ships but they have no gear on them but since mid last year all ships come fully kitted out with basic weapons and modules.
Balance has changed for all weapons and modules as well as repair costs and rewards.