I am on the fence with the HackRF.
When I read about people actually USING it, it all seems positive, but when I read reviews/comparisons, not so much.
One the one hand, I have heard that it's noisy, and the fact that it's ADC is 8bit is a bummer.
On the other hand it's only $300 (well $420 once you get the shielding, hamitup, etc) supports transmit, and my usage really doesn't need more than 8bit, so I should just get one. I guess.
I kind of feel like just getting a good, solid receive only device until a "better" transmit comes out in the the same price range, but I don't see anything on the horizon.
I could go with the bladeRF (transmit, 12bit) but the price is just more than I want to pay.
I actually like the hackRF a lot, and I'm not saying anything negative about Michael Ossmann, he did a great job and continues to offer so much to the SDR community which alone makes me want to buy a hackRF to support him and his efforts.
Anyway, any comments, rants, or bitch slapping of any sort would be productive in helping me decide. :)