To be honest, I really never expected this non-stick ceramic to perform. I suppose I expected it to be like a seasoned cast iron pan, or an enameled cast iron pan, or the teflon-coated pans I'm used to. I had seriously underestimated this technological advance.
First, the pan is much lighter than one would expect. Its aluminum body is accented by the right handles covered in silicone with a very high-quality tempered glass lid, also sporting a silicone-covered handle. Whereas the extra handle on the pan was always a necessity in my older non-stick that this replaced - simply because the full pan was far too heavy to lift with just the primary handle - in this case, it might be obsolete because the pan is so light and easy to move around my kitchen, even full of food. But don't mistake its light weight for lesser quality. I have never been so impressed by the quality of a new pan.
Next, the skillet is deep and wide. I bought this to replace a 12" sautee pan of similar features (glass lid, extra handle, silicone features). Already I have mentioned that it is far lighter, but I was surprised to note that the smaller cooking surface was a greater benefit than a loss to me. I seem to be able to get the same dishes in the same quantity into and out of the pan, and they cook so quickly and evenly that I'm astounded. Perhaps the smaller surface area means greater percentage of the pan is in contact with the burner. Who knows.
Finally, the most impressive aspect of this pan is how incredibly well the non-stick ceramic coating works. I was flabbergasted with how fast it heats up, how low I can turn the temperature and still get the most beautiful browning, and how the addition of any oil whatsoever is ridiculous now (the stuff just beads up on the bottom - seriously, and so does water). I can't stress this enough for those who are reluctant. I too was reluctant. But the nonstick ceramic coating is the first I can agree is truly nonstick. It's more than effective - it's brilliant. Don't delay; your cooking and your health will both improve with this single purchase.