Agreed that the shortboards are not cheap, but I find it very useful for tuning and volume control on the fly. To be honest, I don't change the "channels" that often. I have about 6-8 that I use alot, so they are very easy to access. I used the edit software to put them on the first 8 channels. Very easy to move back and forth. The display is much larger on the board than the pod and much easier to see especially in low light or bright conditions. This is just my opinion...YMMV.