It's like programming a digital watch from decades ago. If the unit came with no instruction manual whatsoever, you can still figure it out in just a few minutes by pushing buttons. Once it's set for say...brisket, and you want to do brisket after brisket, it's going to turn on and be set for that EVERY TIME. The only time you need to change a setting is when you want to raise and lower temps. Sure, it's not the simplest thing out there. But it isn't even in the same ballpark as difficult. It's not like you have to break out the manual every time you turn it on. Basically you turn the dang thing on, stick the probes in the meat, and be done with it. Have everything up and running in about 30 seconds. I'm not going to mention Bearcarver's name, but the fact that it is more complicated than a 732 doesn't make it a bad unit. More features always means more complications. Okay, maybe not always, but most of the time. Don't hate me, Bear!!! LOL.