I was sent a pre-production run prototype of the new tip design that they are releasing. This is a model TS-C1 tip, which is a small sized tip, with a 45-degree angle on it. I am using this tip now in the place of my old one, and so far it has been a nice improvement. The small perforated metal section at the base provides a nice holding spot for close up work but does get warm eventually. Even when warm it does provide a nicer shape to the iron and protects the weaker narrow point (which is where my original tip bent).
As this tip has a much finer point, it is more suited to smaller SMD style components, and the angle on the tip works well for drag soldering and cleaning up QFN style components. I have soldered a few XT60 connectors with this finer tip, it is definitely slower than the original tip, however, it did eventually work. This tip is a pre-production tip and they did warn me the temperature control may not be perfect (it’s close according to my thermocouple though). So while this does not indicate the performance of the production run tips, it certainly looks good.
After hand assembling three boards covered 0603 and 0402 components, the tip is definitely nicer than the Weller for fine pitch work.
The small soldering stand folds up for transport, and the clip does sort of hold the sponge in. I have currently stored it in the little plastic box it came in to prevent losing the sponge. It is really small (around 3.5x4cm), but the iron rests on it well, and the sponge is a really good fit (just slightly snug when wet). It does include a spare sponge, so I have stored that one away for when I lose this one ( which I know I will).
These are available through some sellers now, which is really nice. The clear case was chosen as it looks much cooler, and my previous one had cracked fairly badly. Though the other colours are really nice too, clear just looks nerdy.