Remington was thinking about suing NEF over the blatant design infringements, but instead purchased the company (NEF is part of the Marlin family) and is now trumpeting the product.
On the sample I shot, I happened to like the tight fit of all the components on the gun and even liked the way the checker-free stock felt in my hand. The grooves in the fore-end provided plenty of gripping surface, at least in the warm and dry conditions we were shooting it in.
The receiver of the gun has a couple of—to my eye anyway—pleasing angles machined into it. In some ways I like it better than the basic 870 it is modeled after. And you can’t beat the price, which I think will be less than $200.